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's curriculum, history, faculty and alumni.

Events, Upcoming

Come join us for a lively, engaging, and inspiring conversation!

  1. May 8, 2017 -
    12:00pm to 1:30pm

Congratulations ES Class of 2016! This year's commencement makes the class of 2016 one of the LARGEST in ES Program history and reaffirms UCSB's ES Program as one of the largest and most successful environmental programs in the world. 

To get current, up to date announcements regarding all ES Program related events, please sign up for our "Friends of ES" listserve by subscribing here: https://lists.lsit.ucsb.edu/listinfo/friends-of-es.es

"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

I can honestly say that I have been able to use everything I learned in the ES Program. The interdisciplinary education prepares you for almost anything that can come your way.

- Deb Callahan, Exec. Director,  Pt. Reyes Seashore Assn., Class of 1981

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With her warm smile and quiet wisdom, Jo was the keel that guided our ship for almost two decades.

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