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Environmental Studies

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Study the consequences of human actions on the natural landscape.

Our use of natural resources impacts the environment on a local, regional, and global scale. Study important issues directly related to the consequences of human action on the natural landscape, and gain insight and understanding of the policies and the history that led us to this point.

Your degree in Environmental Studies will provide you with a fundamental background in the sciences that are necessary to understand the environment as well as historical and political perspectives. You'll gain effective communication skills that allow you to find possible solutions to local or global problems. By focusing on biology, ecology, and government and economic policies, you will graduate ready to enter into a career with governmental agencies, the forestry service, or other environmental groups.

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Conference Opportunities

An important part of doing research is sharing your findings with the scientific community. Most recently, environmental studies students attended the Bahamas National Trust conference and the Association of Southeastern Biologists conference to share their results.

Outdoor Learning

Most of your environmental studies courses will have a strong outdoor component—you’ll experience environmental science by getting into the field to observe natural areas and collect data.

Collaborative Research

You’ll study and collaborate with faculty whose research interests include fire ecology, ecotoxicology, herpetology, science and religion, rose genetics, parasites, and paleoecology.

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Meet our Mocs

Nyssa Henderson

My favorite thing about my major is how easy it is to get involved. So many of the professors either look for interns or can recommend you opportunities. I applied my first semester and by this spring I’m working in a lab. We’re a busy bunch for sure but the professors are absolutely amazing.

Gretchen Faraci

I love many of the hands on aspects of my major. So many of my professors try to engage us in going beyond the zoom/classroom setting even with Covid-19. One of my biology classes challenges me to document a new organism I discover on campus every week!

Make an Environmental Impact

In BIO 3301 Field Ecology, you will learn the methods used to collect, analyze and interpret ecological and environmental data. You will be out in the field, using essential equipment and technology in a wide variety of environments, to provide you with valuable skills for your career. And you will be studying real-world problems that impact our environment today.

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Duke University School of the Environment 3-2 Program

Florida Southern College has a Cooperative College 3-2 Program with Duke University in which students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Environmental Studies can obtain a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in a total of five years.

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Featured Environmental Studies Faculty

Dr. Eric Kjellmark
- Professor of Biology

I make every effort to provide my students with the best quality education possible through the use of engaged learning, hands-on activities, and group projects. I strive to help students understand how the information presented in my courses relates to the larger body of knowledge they are accumulating during their college career.

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Clubs and More

The Biology Department sponsors chapters of Beta Beta Beta, a national society for students in the biological sciences, Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), the national Health Preprofessional Honor Society, and Rho Rho Rho Marine and Atmospheric Honor Society.

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Program Details

Available in: 

  • BA
  • BS
  • Minor


All freshman applicants to Florida Southern Colleges full-time degree programs must submit the following information:


Applying to Florida Southern as a transfer student is easy.

If transferring less than 24 credits, we also need your:

  • Official high school transcript
  • SAT and/or ACT scores

Environmental Studies Program Contact

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Admissions Counselors

Dr. Eric Kjellmark

Professor of Biology

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