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Overall Score 70.35
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Submission Date March 2, 2018
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University of California, Santa Barbara
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Naomi Carrillo
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UCSB Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM)

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

The program focuses on application and problem-solving and has three parts: the first-year core curriculum, the second-year work in one of seven specializations, and the Group Project or Eco-Entrepreneurship Project. The Bren School MESM degree involves core curriculum that provides a solid foundation in coupled human and environmental systems. The specializations offered by Bren School include Coastal Marine Resources Management, Conservation Planning, Corporate Environmental Management, Economics and Politics of the Environment, Energy and Climate, Pollution Prevention and Remediation, and Water Resources Management. Lastly, students complete a Group Project or Eco-Entrepreneurship Project focused around coursework that develops skills and experiences that help them pursue new technologies and strategies for addressing society's environmental and resource challenges.


The website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
PhD in Environmental Science and Management

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

The Bren School’s PhD program is designed to develop the broad knowledge, analytical powers, technical skills, and creative thinking demanded of leaders in Environmental Science & Management. The program is also designed to accommodate a wide range of research interests, from those highly focused in a particular discipline to strongly interdisciplinary ones. All courses offered by the Bren School are open to PhD students. Courses are also available in such other departments as Geography, Earth Science, Economics, Political Science, and Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology, as well as others. PhD research topics can be as focused or interdisciplinary as the courses. Current research projects include "Economics of water management, including markets, pricing, auctions, and payments for ecosystem services;" " Using computational numerical methods to develop a better understanding of energy and material resource management problems that are dynamic over space and time;" and "Environmental impacts of energy technologies and agricultural systems, approaches for regionalizing life cycle inventory, and China's environmental issues."


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
PhD in Global Studies

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

The PhD in Global Studies program combines social sciences and humanities in an interdisciplinary approach for students who wish to address global issues of the 21st century. Such issues include conflict, immigration, human rights, and environmental sustainability and development. Global Studies provides an understanding of the economic, political, social, and cultural forces that shape the contemporary world. The PhD is built around three concentrations that combine approaches from the social sciences and humanities: 1) global political economy, development, and environment; 2) global culture,ideology and religion; and 3) global governance, human rights, and civil society. After completing courses from each of these three concentrations, students then focus on a research specialization. Areas of faculty specialization offered include developmental studies, sustainability, and international environmental politics. Such specializations prepare doctoral students to engage a wide range of social and environmental issues through careers in the private and public sector.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:
Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
PhD emphasis in Economics and Environmental Science (EES)

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:

The Economics and Environmental Science (EES) emphasis at UCSB instills the ability to use economic tools in developing environmental approaches and policies. The program's goal is to develop environmental economists who are able to conceptualize economic problems related to environmental issues, then apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative techniques to design and implement appropriate research methods.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Interdepartmental PhD Emphasis in Environment and Society

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

The Interdepartmental PhD Emphasis in Environment and Society (IEES) launched in 2014 with the goal of providing UCSB doctoral students an opportunity to receive training and mentorship in interdisciplinary environmental studies and sciences beyond the scope of their normal degree programs. Analogous to a minor at the PhD level, the goal of the emphasis is to facilitate a deep understanding of how the environment is changing, how those changes affect human societies, and how political, economic and cultural forces in turn affect the environment. The emphasis creates a means for UCSB doctoral students to develop the integrative thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to lead the next generation of environmental scholars. 17 graduate programs are involved in IEES making this emphasis one of the most available interdisciplinary programs for graduate students.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Ph.D. in Political Science with Emphasis in Global Studies

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

The Global studies emphasis examines transnational economic, political, environmental, social, and cultural interactions and flows that operate at a global (i.e., trans-continental) scale. “Global studies” views the world as comprised of increasingly interdependent processes, rather than as shaped exclusively or even primarily by the interplay of discrete nation-states.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other graduate-level, sustainability-focused minors, concentrations and certificates:

Interdisciplinary PhD Emphasis in Demography http://www.sustainability.ucsb.edu/graduate-program/


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