About Environmental Studies at UCSB

Established in 1970, The Environmental Studies Program at UC Santa Barbara is one of the oldest and largest programs in the nation, and is recognized as one the most successful undergraduate environmental programs in the world.

With over 6,000 alumni, our graduates can be found holding leadership positions, nationally and internationally, in government, industry, law, and dozens of other fields. We pioneered an interdisciplinary educational model that is now widely adapted by other institutions around the globe. We combine a rigorous classroom experience with practical skills training.

Our mission is to train leaders, develop new knowledge, and devise solutions that will restore and sustain the health of our planet. Click here to learn more about the Environmental Studies Program.

The ES Program invites all graduates, family and guests to join us on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the ES Program Reception! Festivities will begin after the conclusion of the nine o'clock commencement ceremony. For more information, click here!

"If you love the environment you’ll get the training in the ES Program to really make a difference. When I graduated I already had a portfolio of experience that put me well ahead of other graduates."

- Brian Baird Assistant Secretary for Ocean & Coastal Policy with the California Resources Agency Class of 1977

This is the most outstanding faculty in the nation. The breadth and depth of an ES education produces men and women that are ready to lead the day they graduate.

- Janice Jagelski Class of 1987

SILA and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic
Film Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Bren 1414

Environmental Studies News

  • Matto Mildenberger

Matto Mildenberger, an assistant professor of political science, led a new study — published in the journal Climatic Change — that finds substantial differences in the climate change views of both Republicans and Democrats across different states and congressional districts.



In a new book, sociologist David Pellow explores the interconnected nature of humans, nonhumans and ecosystems.

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