As a result of UCSB's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Environmental Studies Program Main Office is closed until further notice. Environmental Studies staff and academic advisors will continue working remotely and are available to assist you Monday through Friday during normal hours of operation (8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm).

Building a Movement: 50 Years of Environmental Studies at UCSB

Completed just days before the 50th Anniversary Building a Movement: 50 Years of Environmental Studies at UCSB had it's world premiere at the Environmental Studies' 50th Anniversary Weekend Celebration. This inspiring documentary created by director Isaac Hern├índez and Mercury Press International shares the 50-year history of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of California at Santa Barbara, recounted by professors, students and graduates. Narrated by Jon Zuber and original score by Sheena Birrittella, we are confident you are going to love watching this film.  


         Celebrating 50 Years!

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Our Mission

Environmental Studies explores the interactions of humans with their natural environment.  Today's environmental problems have evolved into highly complex and interdisciplinary issues involving political, economic, social, as well as physical and biological aspects.  Society needs educated citizens who can address current and future environmental problems with an understanding of the linkages between systems and we believe that this approach will not only protect and sustain the human enterprise and the planet's natural systems, but will allow both to thrive. 

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Degrees Offered

Bachelor of arts (B.A.) and bachelor of science (B.S.) in Environmental Studies and Bachelor of science (B.S.) in Hydrologic Sciences and Policy.





Environmental Studies offers a wide variety of courses covering a diverse field of disciplines and topics! 

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Environmental Studies currently has over 45 students studying abroad in 17 different countries through the UC's Education Abroad Program!

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