approximately 175 master's students and 40 PhD students attend the school, which supports the teaching and research of 20 of the most outstanding cross-disciplinary permanent faculty to be found in the area of environmental and natural resources research.
Some faculty members are affiliated with or have joint appointments linking them todepartments across UCSB. Adjunct professors and visiting lecturers complement the full-time faculty and extend the school's academic reach while enhancing the real-world relevance of the curriculum. Students benefit further from the school’s affiliations and collaborations with UCSB research institutes and interdepartmental programs and initiatives. The school connects with the local community through various affiliate groups, including the Dean's Advisory Council and the Corporate and Foundation Partners program.
Students attend classes, manage and work with research data, and perform lab work in Bren Hall. The first laboratory building to receive a LEED Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, Bren Hall has since inspired a wave of sustainability activities across the UCSB campus.
Students and alumni receive crucial personalized assistance from the school's highly regarded Career Development Program. The career-development staff offer a full range of individualized support for prospective students, including support in finding and landing internships and jobs, and instruction in such crucial skills as resume writing, intereviewing, and salary negotiation.
Rooftop panels atop Bren Hall
The Bren School is located a few miles west of the beautiful small city of Santa Barbara, at the edge of the Pacific Ocean and with a view to Channel Islands National Park. A wintering ground for monarch butterflies is nearby, resident dolphins and seals and migrating whales regularly cruisehe near-shore waters, and an array of bird species inhabit the shores and wetlands on and around the university. The area's ecological diversity provides an inspiring context for students and faculty who embrace the challenge off managing the environment to benefit humanity and the natural world.