Graduate Students in
Human Behavioral Ecology
at the University of California, Santa Barbara
  Dr. Michael Gurven, Dept. of Anthropology, Director

Welcome to the Graduate Student in Human Behavioral Ecology (HBE) Page. The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara is a medium-sized department with an excellent faculty, diverse research interests, high national visibility, and a reputation for first rate graduate and undergraduate programs. In October 2001 the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students survey of US graduate programs rated UCSB among its top five anthropology programs; click here for details. The department averages about 65 graduate students enrolled at any one time. The Integrative Anthropology Sciences (IAS) program (where HBE students are members) offers specialized training in biological and ecological anthropology, with an emphasis on evolutionary social science. As students of HBE we find opportunities to research and study with fellow graduates and faculty of the Center for Evolutionary Psychology, Department of Psychology, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Ecology, Evolution, & Marine Biology Program and Economics. Students can also add certain "emphases" in their training, such as in the Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences Program, and the Cognitive Sciences Program. The Human Behavioral Ecology Lab and the Center for Evolutionary Psychology are both part of the Evolution, Mind and Behavior Program (EMB): Joint UCSB-UCLA Initiative.


Interested in graduate study at UCSB?

What are important requirements for graduate study in IAS?

Ideally, you should:

a) have a scientifically curious mind, b) have diverse interests within biocultural anthropology and human biology, c) active desire to conduct field-based studies and to explore and explain cultural and behavioral diversity, d) have quantitative skills and developed logical reasoning, e) have motivation and creative energy

Prospective students should inquire with Dr. Gurven directly.