Undergraduate Degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Urbanism

Analyzes the origins, processes, problems, and possibilities of creating a more sustainable society.

help create a more sustainable society

The Orlando Metropolitan Region offers an ideal laboratory for analyzing the origins, processes, problems, and possibilities of creating a more sustainable society. Nationally recognized projects such as the Wekiva GeoPark and Celebration have placed Central Florida at the forefront of environmental protection and sustainable design. In addition, Rollins lies in the heart of Winter Park, one of America’s signature traditional towns. These opportunities offer students valuable learning experiences with full-time faculty and adjuncts in the environmental, planning, legal, and design professions.

environmental studies and sustainable urbanism curriculum

The requirements for the Environmental Studies and Sustainable Urbanism program at the Hamilton Holt School includes general education courses, major courses, and general elective courses designed to prepare students for your selected career path and fosters critical thinking across various areas of content knowledge.

General Education Courses

The Hamilton Holt School general education requirements includes completion of 10 courses, that are divided into two categories.

1. General Education Distribution Courses

Students select one (1) course in each of the following areas:

  • Expressive Arts
  • Literature
  • Scientific Perspective
  • Quantitative Thinking
  • Written Communication
Students select three (3) courses from the following areas:
  • Global Citizenship
  • Responsible Leadership and Civic Knowledge

NOTE: Students who have earned an associates of arts (AA) degree are exempt from taking these courses.

2. General Education Hamilton Holt Courses

  • ENGW 280 Writing in the Liberal Arts
  • INT 200 Introduction to Liberal Studies

Major Required Courses

The Environmental Studies major requires the completion of ten (10) courses divided into two (2) categories – major required courses and major elective courses as outlined below:

Major Required Courses

  • ENV 189 The Environmental Crisis in its Cultural Context
  • ENV 120 Fundamentals of Environmental Studies
  • ENV 220 Field Botany or ENV 325 Natural Habitats of Florida
  • ENV 270 Environmental Literature or ENV 380 American Environmental History
  • ENV 300 Land Use Controls or ENV 302 Traditional Town Planning
  • ENV 389 Environmental Planning (Senior Capstone Experience)

Note: ENV120, 189, and 389 must be completed at Rollins College

Major Elective Courses

Students will select a total of four (4) elective courses from the list below, two of which must be from the 300 level or higher.

  • ENV 201 Intro to Historic Preservation
  • ENV 222 Sustainable Agriculture
  • ENV 270 Environmental Literature
  • ENV 289 Nature and the City
  • ENV 303 Citizen Participation
  • ENV 325 Natural Habitats of Florida
  • ENV 330 Women and the Environment
  • ENV 340 Environmental Justice
  • ENV 380 American Environmental History
  • ENV 386 Environmental Law
  • ENV 395 Everglades (with additional field study component; alternating years)

General Elective Courses

Students in the Environmental Studies program will select nine (9) elective courses or a minor to complete their degree. Elective courses are offered across a broad range of topics designed to help students gain greater knowledge and varied perspectives.

Additional information about specific courses, course descriptions and academic policies can be found in the Rollins College – Hamilton Holt Academic Catalog

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