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Incoming MEDS Student Registration

MEDS Curriculum Overview

Bren students are required to complete 56 units of coursework to earn their Master of Environmental Science and Management (MEDS) degree. The curriculum has two components: 

1. 15 core courses (48 units)

2. Capstone project (8 units)

During the 11 months, MEDS students develop in-depth skills by completing the immersive core curriculum. During the final two quarters, students take their capstone project courses as part of the curriculum.

How and When to Register for Courses at UCSB

See the Welcome New Students page on the UCSB Office of the Registrar’s website for instructions on how to register for classes with the UCSB Gaucho On-Line Data (GOLD) system. To see important dates for upcoming quarters, including holiday closures and final exam dates, view the UCSB academic calendar for the 2021-2022 year.

All incoming MEDS students can register for Summer classes during Pass 3, which begins May 3. MEDS Summer courses are only offered to MEDS students so all students will be able to enroll in these required courses. Consult the "Registration" tab on GOLD for the days/times of your pass periods. Register at the beginning of your designated pass times to take full advantage of your allotted time for registration. All Summer fees are due the first Wednesday of Summer Session B (August 4, 2021). Unpaid fees will result in a $50 late-payment fee.

For Fall quarter, students can register for classes during Pass 2, which begins June 24, 2021. Students registering for classes after Thursday, September 23, 2021 (the first day of classes) are subject to a $50 late registration fee. Please visit UCSB's Office of the Registrar website for more information regarding Fall Quarter registration pass times. Payment of fees is due on the first day of classes. Students pay for courses through their BARC (Billing Accounts Receivable Collections unit) account. 

**You must be registered for courses in order for UCSB to pay any of your fees (i.e. if you have a fellowship or if you work as a TA or GSR).**

Purchasing Books for Courses

Required textbooks are listed in the "Textbook" section for the individual class listed in the schedule of classes. This section of the website gets updated as we near the start of the school year, so you may want to check this a few weeks before class starts.

Students are encouraged to purchase or rent their books online from sources such as or Bren School professors generally do not have their books available at the UCSB Bookstore. Students are also encouraged to check course syllabi for any additional course material not listed on the Bren website. Most course syllabi are linked to the Courses page of the Academic Programs section. Just click on the course number (e.g., EDS 211) to view the most recent syllabus for that class.

Students may use the listserv to ask other Bren students about buying or selling books. Click here for instructions on how to subscribe. 

Professors may require a course reader (a compilation of related readings not found in the required textbook) that may be purchased in person at either of the following locations:

  • UCSB University Center (UCen), Room 2264; Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • UCSB Associated Students (AS) Publications: UCen Room 1531, next to AS Cashiers and Ticket Office windows. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

What should you be doing now? 

MEDS curriculum overview, core courses, how and when to register 

Important information on mandatory Bren School orientation events

Cost of attendance, paying your bill, BARC, FAFSA, establishing residency, and employment opportunities.

Graduate Student Housing, UCSB student ID cards, computing, university email, health insurance, transportation, campus resources, and more.

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