High School & Transfer Preparation for the Hydrology Major

Note:  all admission decisions are made by the UCSB Admissions Office, not the Environmental Studies Program.  For specific questions about requirements to apply and be accepted to UCSB please visit the Admissions website.

High School Preparation

Recommended (but not absolutely required) as part of or in addition to the UC admissions requirements:

  • English composition
  • Mathematics through pre-calculus or higher (AP Calculus)
  • Economics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Statistics

A number of Academic Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses may be useful in helping satisfy one or more Preparation for the Major courses within the B.A. major.

AP American Government and Politics: A score of 3 or higher on this exam will satisfy the Political Science 12 requirement for the Hydro major.

AP Economics: A score of 3 or higher on this exam will satisfy the Economics requirement for the B.A. or B.S. major. Note:  This is not automatic by the College and student will have to submit a petition to the ES Academic Advisor to have this substitution approved.

AP Statistics: A score of 3 or higher on this exam will satisfy the PSTAT 5A / EEMB 30 requirement for the B.A. or B.S. major.

AP Math: A student may receive credit for specific UCSB mathematics courses by taking the CEEB Advanced Placement Examination during high school.

AB Test and AB subscore:
Score of 3 = 4 units of credit (=Math 3A) placement into Math 3B
Score of 4 or 5 = 4 units of credit applied to Math 3A, subject matter credit for Math 3B by petition with major department; placement into Math 3B or 3C by petition

BC Test:
Score of 2 = No unit credit; placement into Math 3A without taking ADT
Score of 3, 4 or 5 = 8 units of credit applied to Math 3AB; indicates placement into Math 3C

Transfer Student Preparation

To make normal progress in the major, complete as many of the following courses as you can prior to transferring.  However, it is not required to have all of these done to be accepted to UCSB or transfer into the Hydro major.

  • One course of general geology
  • One courses in physical geography
  • One course of introductory statistics
  • One year of "science" calculus, and one course of differential equations
  • One year of "science" biology
  • One year of introductory "science" chemistry with labs
  • One year of introductory physics with labs
  • One course in Intro to social and cultural environments or American government
  • One course in History of public policy
  • One course of intro micro, macro, or general economics

For additional information about specific articulation agreements between California Community Colleges and UCSB, visit ASSIST (Articulation System Stimulating Interinstitutional Student Transfer). It is California's official statewide repository of transfer information, offering easy access to a single database. ASSIST can help you determine if you will receive credit for courses you've already taken or plan to take, and how those courses will apply to specific academic requirements within the Environmental Studies major. 

For courses outside the CA community college system, try to match up course titles and class descriptions with those of UCSB courses.  UCSB course descriptions can be found via the UCSB General Catalog website.  A petition may still be required once you reach UCSB, but if the course descriptions are similar, the chances are good the course will be accepted as a appropriate substitution for ES major requirements.  Questions about course substitutions should be directed to the ES Academic Advisor at: esprogram@es.ucsb.edu or 805-893-3185.