Interdepartmental PhD Emphasis in Environment & Society

The University of California, Santa Barbara offers an Interdepartmental PhD Emphasis in Environment and Society. Doctoral students from over fifteen departments may add the emphasis to the PhD in their home department. The goal of the PhD Emphasis in Environment and Society is to provide UCSB doctoral students training and mentorship in interdisciplinary environmental studies and sciences beyond the scope of their normal degree programs. Students who meet the requirements of the PhD Emphasis in Environment and Society will graduate with a PhD from their home department, along with wording on their transcript stating they have earned an Emphasis in Environment and Society.

Through the emphasis, students also join the growing network of scholars at UCSB, whose research focuses at the intersection of environment and society. Enrolling in the emphasis will connect graduate students to their peers in other departments and to a diverse group of participating faculty.

For questions about the PhD Emphasis in Environment and Society or to join our mailing list, please contact Martin Rodriguez, Program Coordinator, at mrodriguez@es.ucsb.edu.

Important Announcements: 

  • IPEES New Director: The PhD Emphasis in Environment and Society welcomes back Dr. Peter Alagona for a second run as director of IPEES!
  • Official Certification: IPEES students who are declaring candidacy to graduate spring 2019 or summer 2019, should contact Martin to receive more information on obtaining official certification of the emphasis.
  • Fall 2019 Electives: To view the list of IPEES relevant electives for Fall 2019, please click here

Please note that the Interdepartmental PhD Emphasis in Environment and Society provides supplementary training only, limited to students already pursuing PhD degrees in participating departments at UCSB; it is not, in itself, a degree granting program.