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Natural Resources Conservation at University of California - Santa Barbara

If you plan to study natural resources conservation, take a look at what University of California - Santa Barbara has to offer and decide if the program is a good match for you. Get started with the following essential facts.

UCSB is located in Santa Barbara, California and approximately 25,057 students attend the school each year. Of the 6,327 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from University of California - Santa Barbara in 2019, 329 of them were natural resources conservation majors.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Natural Resources Conservation section at the bottom of this page.

UCSB Natural Resources Conservation Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Conservation
  • Master’s Degree in Conservation
  • Doctorate Degree in Conservation

UCSB Natural Resources Conservation Rankings

Each year, College Factual ranks conservation programs across the country. The following shows how UCSB performed in these rankings.

Note: Rankings don't always give a complete picture of a school's strengths and weaknesses, so it's a good idea to extend your research and also look at other factors when trying to decide if the school is right for you.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

Of the schools analyzed in this analysis, the conservation program at UCSB was ranked #2 for overall quality. This puts the program in the top 1% of the nation. It is also ranked as the #2 school in California.

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation 2
Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 6
Best Value Colleges for Natural Resources Conservation 40

In 2019, 76 students received their master’s degree in conservation from UCSB. This makes it the #8 most popular school for conservation master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 10 students who received their doctoral degrees in conservation, making the school the #10 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

How Much Do Conservation Graduates from UCSB Make?

The median salary of conservation students who receive their bachelor's degree at UCSB is $34,400. This is 15% higher than $29,950, which is the national average for all conservation bachelor's degree recipients.

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Conservation Student Demographics at UCSB

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the conservation majors at University of California - Santa Barbara.

UCSB Natural Resources Conservation Bachelor’s Program

63% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities
Of the 329 students who earned a bachelor's degree in Natural Resources Conservation from UCSB in 2018-2019, 37% were men and 63% were women.

UCSB Gender Breakdown of Natural Resources Conservation Bachelor's Degree Grads

Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 26% more racial-ethnic minorities in its conservation bachelor's program than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of California - Santa Barbara with a bachelor's in conservation.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Natural Resources Conservation Majors at University of California - Santa Barbara
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 37
Black or African American 4
Hispanic or Latino 99
White 148
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 36

UCSB Natural Resources Conservation Master’s Program

62% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities
Of the 76 conservation students who graduated with a master's degree in 2018-2019 from UCSB, about 38% were men and 62% were women.

UCSB Gender Breakdown of Natural Resources Conservation Master's Degree Grads

Of the students who received a conservation master's degree from UCSB, 71% were white. This is above average for this degree on the natiowide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of California - Santa Barbara with a master's in conservation.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Natural Resources Conservation Majors at University of California - Santa Barbara
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 7
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 3
White 54
International Students 8
Other Races/Ethnicities 4

UCSB also has a doctoral program available in conservation. In 2019, 10 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Careers That Conservation Grads May Go Into

A degree in conservation can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for CA, the home state for University of California - Santa Barbara.

Occupation Jobs in CA Average Salary in CA
Environmental Scientists and Specialists 12,750 $91,890
Conservation Scientists 1,990 $75,980
Environmental Science Professors 520 $135,840
Foresters 430 $80,030
Forestry & Conservation Science Professors 110 $133,470

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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