Environmental Studies

Learn more about the environmental studies degree program at Rollins College.
Hands-on Learning

Hands-on Learning

From globe-trotting field studies to experiential internships, you’ll put your ideas to work in communities around the world.

Why Study Environmental Studies at Rollins

Want to save the world? At Rollins, environmental studies majors are primed to do just that. By examining humanity’s greatest challenges—such as preserving natural resources, planning sustainable cities, protecting critical species—our students help create real solutions.

With the support of expert faculty, you’ll explore environmental issues from all relevant lenses: ecological, economic, geographical, historical, ethical, and political. This comprehensive experience will not only give you the foundation you need to pursue a career, but will broaden your perspective and shape you into a global citizen.

Prime Location Florida is at the forefront of environmental issues. With a variety of ecosystems and globally significant initiatives right in Rollins’ backyard, you’ll have endless opportunities to engage real-world examples and get hands-on experience.

On-the-Ground Learning Our environmental studies program is known for its innovative field-study opportunities—many of which involve travel. From a cloud forest in Costa Rica to an urban farm in Portland, Oregon, new locations provide new perspectives.

The Freedom to Explore We intentionally designed this major with just 10 course requirements, so you can choose how to deepen your experience. Whatever your passion—art, politics, science—you’ll be empowered to combine it with environmental studies.

Popular Courses

Classes are small—usually fewer than 18 students—and focus on interactive experiences. Many provide context for field-study opportunities, and all offer a unique angle on the moral imperative of environmental citizenship.

  • ENV 353 National Parks and Protected Areas
  • ENV 323 Conservation of Biodiversity
  • ENV 390 Culture and Landscape
  • ENV 189 Environmental Crisis
  • ENV 330 Women and the Environment
  • ENV 413 Senior Seminar

Beyond the Classroom

First-Year Faculty-Led Field Study Every August, a group of first-year students travel to
Costa Rica before ever stepping foot on campus. This crash course in sustainability is a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded students, spark an interest in global affairs, and to see firsthand how a country’s focus on conservation can define its economy and culture.

Genius Reserve A property owned by the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation of Winter Park, this working restoration project is a living example of Old Florida where Rollins students can conduct research, intern, and perform fieldwork.

Sustainability Program This student-led initiative gives students an outlet to implement real change on campus. Among other projects, they run a bike-share program for students and faculty as well as a 900-square-foot working farm that provides organic produce for area restaurants.

Major and Minor Requirements

Visit the Rollins catalog to access the program requirements

Contact Info

Department of Environmental Studies
1000 Holt Ave. – 2753
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2392
F. 407.646.2364

Visit the Department of Environmental Studies Website
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