About Us

Sharing Our Planet

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.  Modern environmental studies must include urban, agriculture, and natural habitats.

Society needs educated citizens who can address current and future environmental problems with an understanding of the linkages between systems such as the urban environment and atmospheric contamination, economic growth and its impacts on natural resources.

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. Learn more about our curriculum, courses, and academic programs here.

Students at Solar Panels

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
President, Heinz Center
Class of 1981


Sharing the Future

Responsible stewardship of our environment will require leaders that understand and respect human values and goals, and the relationship between natural and human communities.  We believe that managing natural resources in responsible ways will sustain both resources and the human enterprise.

Today's critical issues like climate change, energy, water quality, ecosystem management and conservation, and human and environmental health are opportunities for the next generation of leaders to devise and implement solutions of global impact and enduring harmony.

Educating a New Breed of Environmental Leaders

Tomorrow's leaders must possess the scholarly background and intellectual skills necessary to understand complex environmental problems and formulate decisions that environmentally sound.  Our educational process is highly interdisciplinary, drawing upon the diversity of environmentally related departments and disciplines throughout UC Santa Barbara.  The new environmental leaders will be strong scholars with practical problem-solving skills, using both traditional governmental tools and those of commerce.  They will think critically across disciplines and forge innovative partnerships.

The Environmental Studies Program, offers two degrees: a B.A. and B.S.  Both stress the importance of understanding the interrelationships between the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, with the option to allow a student the opportunity to choose studies that will most appropriately fit their environmental interests and goals.

Students majoring in environmental studies will explore a wide variety of environmental issues that bridge human and natural systems, including:

The Social Environment
    Ethical and values systems
    Environmental law and policy
    Indigenous and religious beliefs
    History and impact of past decisions
    Environmental impact analysis

The Natural Environment
    Climate system
    Coastal processes
    Energy technologies
    Air/water pollution
    Ecosystem function

Integrative Studies
    Urban and regional planning
    Food systems
    Waste management
    Freshwater management

» Visit the Welcome page by ES Program Chair, Dr. Carla D'Antonio.
» View our History page on 45+ years of ES at UCSB.
» Visit the Academics page for information on our undergraduate degrees, requirements, and courses offered.