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Environmental Studies

Do you 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 create real solutions.

With the support of expert faculty, you’ll explore environmental issues from all relevant lenses: ecological, economic, political, geographical, historical, and design-related. 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.

Why Study Environmental Studies at Rollins

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 see 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.

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 will be empowered to combine it with environmental studies.

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Angelo Villagomez
“The sustainable development field study I did in Costa Rica led by Dr. Barry Allen taught me the importance of local people in conservation work. I interacted with farmers, environmentalists, business owners, and local officials and learned how the country was trying to develop their economy without having to destroy their natural resources. Rollins taught me that the way you approach conservation is as important as the outcome you seek.”

Angelo Villagomez ’04

Senior Officer, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project

Rollins Environmental Studies Careers

Rollins environmental studies grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions and innovative organizations.

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Tyler Kartzinel ’07

Assistant Professor of Conservation Biology, Brown University

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Courtney Banker ’16

Planner, Alta Planning + Design

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Cameron Jaggard ’06

Principal Associate, U.S. Oceans at The Pew Charitable Trusts

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Carli Davis ’15 ’17MBA

Management Consultant, PwC New Zealand

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Morgan Laner ’18

Program Specialist, Center for EcoTechnology

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Sharon De Andrade ’16

Graduate Student in Urban Planning and Policy Design, Polytechnic University of Milan

Real World Experience

From internships to research opportunities, environmental studies majors hone their skills in the real world.

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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

Learn the history of the National Parks System in the U.S. and see how this American brainchild has influenced the world. This class culminates with an international field study to places like Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Peru.

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ENV 350
Food, Culture, and Environment

Through class discussions and field-based projects, explore big-picture questions related to the American diet, environmental sustainability, nutrition, crop diversity, and transparency of the American food system.

ENV 390
Culture and Landscape

Analyze American landscapes and the human cultures that created them, then travel to Portland, Oregon, to put your learning to work in the vanguard of sustainability.

ENV 189
Environmental Crisis

This course introduces you to the moral imperative of environmentalism as you weigh humanity's responsibility to nature, the technocratic drift of society, and conflicts between material and environmental values.

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ENV 330
Women and the Environment

Learn how women like Everglades defender Marjory Stoneman Douglas and EPA administrator Carol Browner have shaped the American environmental movement.

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ENV 413
Senior Seminar

This course centers on a research project based on real, ongoing issues, such as improving urban design, evaluating critical conservation lands, and analyzing campus sustainability initiatives.

A Day in the Life of a Rollins Environmental Studies Major

“My education at Rollins has given me a new worldview and has changed my self-perception. The challenging, supportive professors in the environmental studies department made me a more intellectually curious person and prepared me well for the next stage of my education.”

Alex Peterson ’17

JD Candidate, Duke University School of Law

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 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.

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Expert Faculty

Our environmental studies professors specialize in all aspects of sustainability—ecology, economics, politics, geography, history, and urban design—giving you a well-rounded menu of coursework and a more comprehensive view of environmentalism around the globe.

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

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