Academics

Higher learning at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability is broad and interdisciplinary, drawing upon UCLA’s vast intellectual resources to prepare the next generation of professional and scientific leadership committed to the health of the planet.

Undergraduate Programs

B.S. in Environmental Science

This innovative, dual-component program offers both breadth and depth through a solid foundation in natural sciences and a focus on understanding environmental issues across earth, atmospheric, life, and social sciences.

Minor in Environmental Systems and Society

Our undergraduate minor is a multi-disciplinary program that aims to broaden students' understanding of environmental science and policy and how the decisions we make affect the environment around us.

Education for Sustainable Living Program

This student-initiated, student-led program offers undergraduate courses that connect students to the world of sustainability and helps to make the UCLA community a model of sustainability.

Graduate and Doctorate Programs

Environmental Science & Engineering, D. Env.

This innovative professional doctorate program provides practical education for tomorrow's environmental problem solvers by emphasizing the interactions and interdependencies between science, engineering, public policy, economics and law in the protection of the environment and public health.

Leaders in Sustainability Graduate Certificate

This certificate program, open to all UCLA graduate students (masters and doctoral), aims to provide a mechanism for students to pursue their interests in sustainability and to collaborate with students from different fields.

Environmental Science Alumni Group

All Environmental Science majors past and present are invited to join the Environmental Science Alumni Group (ESAG).

Every Day is Earth Day

Every Day is Earth Day

The Water Action Research Team celebrated Earth Day by participating in not one but two Earth Day Fairs By Ellen Lomonico, Water Action Research Team

Captain Hindsight and the Scaley Masses

Captain Hindsight and the Scaley Masses

Collecting data and assessing the impact of nudges on environmental behavior at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center. By Austin Park, Hospital Sustainability Research Team

Culture and Cuisine: Unraveling the Intricacies of Food Waste

Culture and Cuisine: Unraveling the Intricacies of Food Waste

This week, the Sustainable Food Systems team got down and dirty with food waste. Yes, we sunk ourselves wrist- and ankle-deep into students' leftover sludge to bring to you solid (and liquid!) data on waste. By Maddy Routon, Sustainable Food Systems Action Research Team

Finding Inspiration in UCLA's Green Building Symposium

Finding Inspiration in UCLA's Green Building Symposium

Professors, students, entrepreneurs, and other environmental enthusiasts gathered at the beautiful Koch Hall within Anderson School of Business to hear from leaders in sustainable development. By Danh Lai, Green Buildings Action Research Team.

From Observation to Correlation

From Observation to Correlation

Each collection bin has its own trends and material composition and we can now begin to create that line of correlation between our findings and the disposal behaviors in our campus population. By Michelle Lee, Recycling Action Research Team

Interviews Continue for Grand Challenges

Interviews Continue for Grand Challenges

The event our team has been looking forward to has now begun: interviews! This week our team of undergraduates got the opportunity to speak with some of UCLA’s finest academics: professors who have signed on to the Grand Challenge. By Maya Bruguera, Grand Challenges Action Research Team

Educating tomorrow's environmental leaders