Field Studies Programs

The ES Program encourages and supports students who consider pursuing environmental field studies programs and research opportunities beyond the limitations of our own curriculum. The ES program is proud to be affiliated with a large number of colleges and universities which offer academic credit to students while they participate in environmentally related field studies opportunities across the county and around the world. 

The following is a list of some of the different programs past ES majors have participated in and have received and applied academic credit towards their major requirements. For more information on these or a similar programs, contact the specific program directly or visit with an ES Academic of Peer Advisor.

Experience Alaska Semester by the Bay <>
Semester by the Bay invites you to study for a semester on the shore of Kachemak Bay in beautiful Homer, Alaska, an area alive with opportunity for outdoor adventures and a rich local arts & cultural community. Are you interested in Marine Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Field Biology, or a similar field? Are you interested in Alaska or northern maritime communities and studying in a beautiful setting? If you answered yes to these questions….Semester by the Bay is for You! 

Northwest Connections, Montana Field Programs <>
Northwest Connections pioneers on-the-ground collaborative conservation and offers unique experiential learning opportunities in Montana. Northwest Connections accomplishes conservation projects that support both human economic activity and environmental stewardship.   Our field programs are interdisciplinary in nature and offer a balance of learning through field work, academic readings, presentations by staff and speakers, problem solving activities and personal reflection.

Sea Education Association <>
A hands-on experience aboard a traditional sailing ship. Academic studies include oceanography, navigation, astronomy, maritime studies, and practical seamans

Semester at Sea <>
An opportunity for exploring the people, places and cultures of the world by studying and traveling aboard a ship. 

Tatoosh School <>
Tatoosh School offers enriching learning experiences through field-based university classes. Our programs examine the ecological and human dimensions of the landscape of Alaska’s Inside Passage.

The School for Field Studies <>
Provides hands-on, interdisciplinary education and environmental research while partnering with local communities around the globe.

The Sierra Institute, Wilderness Field Studies <>
Offers both science- and humanities- based field studies programs in California, the Midwest, Chile, and Belize.

Wildlands Studies Program <>
Wildlands Studies offers field based research courses in the world’s most remarkable ecosystems. Join us in fifteen different countries to learn field research, ecology, wildlife management, conservation and cultural geography. Students earn 5-15 upperdivision quarter credits that meet the ENVS Outside Concentration requirement and are eligible for financial aid. Very popular with UCSB students

Wild Rockies Field Institute <>Through the University of Montana, the Institute offers courses in the field in locations stretching from Alaska to Mexico. The emphasis is on thinking critically about environmental and social issues.

Rocky Mountain Field Institute <>
Promoting the conservation and stewardship of public lands in the Southern Rockies through volunteer-based trail and restoration projects, environmental education and restoration research.

Operation Wallacea <>
Research opportunities doing biodiversity monitoring and biological and wildlife conservation management research in remote locations across the world.