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Academics: MEDS Program

The Bren School Master of Environmental Data Science degree prepares you for a career advancing solutions to environmental problems through data science. The 11-month MEDS program provides in-depth training in applications including R, Python, and SQL; software training to leverage data visualization to communicate compelling scientific narratives; and culminates in a capstone project tackling a real-world environmental data science problem.

Academic Requirements:

  • 16 core courses (48 units) in data science, workflows, evaluation and analysis, and data visualization
  • Capstone Project (8 units) to develop professional problem-solving skills
  • Total of 56 units 
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Summer Curriculum

The MEDS program begins with a six-week, full-immersion, summer session (August - September) to develop a strong foundation of basic data-science skills. Students learn basic coding, computational, statistical, and team-science skills.

EDS 212  Essential Math for Environmental Data Science (2 units)
EDS 214  Analytical Workflows and Scientific Reproducibility (2 units)
EDS 215  Introduction to Data Storage and Management (2 units)
EDS 216  Meta-analysis and Systematic Reviews (2 units)
EDS 221  Scientific Programming Essentials (4 units)

Fall Curriculum

EDS 211  Team Science, Collaborative Analysis and Project Management (2 units)
EDS 213  Metadata Standards, Data Modeling and Data Semantics (2 units)
EDS 220  Remote Sensing and Environmental Data (4 units)
EDS 222  Statistics for Environmental Data Science (4 units)
EDS 223  Spatial Analysis for Environmental Data Science (4 units)

Winter Curriculum

EDS 232  Machine Learning in Environmental Science (4 units)
EDS 240  Data Visualization and Communication (4 units)
EDS 241 Environmental Policy Evaluation (4 units)
EDS 411A  Capstone Project (4 units)

Spring Curriculum

EDS 230  Modeling Environmental Systems (4 units)
EDS 231  Text and Sentiment Analysis for Environmental Problems (2 units)
EDS 242  Ethics & Bias in Environmental Data Science (2 units)
EDS 411B  Capstone Project (4 units)

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Master’s Capstone

Spanning Winter and Spring quarters, MEDS students will participate in a small-group (3-4 students), client-driven capstone project. Capstone projects provide real-world experience for students to advance an environmental objective with data-driven solutions for a business, public agency, or non-profit organization. Students will leave the program with real, transferable experience and an expanded professional network.

Academic Calendar & Class Schedule

The MEDS program begins with six-weeks of Summer intensive courses to develop a strong foundation of data science skills. This 11-month program runs Summer through the following Spring Quarter with graduation in June.

UCSB Academic Calendar for Summer 2021
UCSB Academic Calendar for Fall 2021 through Summer 2022
UCSB Academic Calendar for Fall 2022 through Summer 2023

Are you ready to solve environmental problems?

Request more information, meet our admissions team at a webinar, or apply online today.

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