Welcome to Rachel Carson College, UCSC's Environmental College

Since its creation in 1972, Rachel Carson College (founded as College Eight) has been a crucial component of the university's world renowned Environmental, Ecological and Sustainability programs and initiatives. Our graduates include some of the nation's top environmental professionals and practitioners.

With green issues assuming growing importance to our world, Rachel Carson College  has embarked upon an ambitious curricular initiative to nurture student talents, skills and knowledge. The curriculum involves both a College Core Course on "Environment and Society" and a minor in Sustainability Studies, open to all UCSC students.

Rachel Carson College is also seeking out and building partnerships with green innovators and entrepreneurs in Santa Cruz, the Monterey Bay region and Silicon Valley. We are always open to new ideas, co-curricular partners, and volunteers. If you would like to work with us, or have questions about our programs, please contact the College Provost, Sue Carter (sacarter@ucsc.edu).