The causes and consequences of environmental problems, and the skills to solve them, are complex. The field of environmental studies/environmental science explores the relationship between humans and the environment. It draws on the natural and social sciences as well as the arts and humanities.
Environmental Studies Major (B.A.)
Students in pursuit of their environmental studies degree receive a holistic understanding of local, national, and global environmental issues. Core courses ground students in scientific, cultural, historical, and societal perspectives.
Environmental Science Major (B.S.)
Environmental science majors focus on developing scientific and quantitative skills. Both the B.A. and B.S. require an internship or service project.
Environmental Studies Minor
This minor meets the core requirements of the major and is geared toward politics and policies.
Partnership with School for Field Studies
Hollins has a formal partnership with the School for Field Studies (SFS) which allows students to go abroad during the regular semester and take courses that will count towards their environmental studies or environmental science degrees. The SFS courses offer place-based study and research opportunities in Kenya, Tanzania, Peru, Panama, Australia, and Chile to name a few.
Ecuador! A Bio-Cultural Journey on the Equator
In this January Short Term course, students immerse themselves in one of the most biologically and culturally rich countries on the planet. Over the course of 17 days in the Andean highlands and the Amazon jungle, participants work at an ecological field station, engage in home stays with Indigenous communities, volunteer with environmental organizations, and take part in several ongoing research projects related to biodiversity and beyond.
"I had the opportunity to count migratory birds, apply economic theories to natural resources, philosophize about the ethics surrounding environmental issues, and even design a georeferenced map using GIS software."
After I looked into the environmental studies major here I was instantly hooked. The introductory course, Environmental Science, lays out a wide range of areas such as habitat loss, extinction, and climate change—urgent issues we are facing today. After this course my interest in the environment and climate change only intensified."After I looked into the environmental studies major here I was instantly hooked. The introductory course, Environmental Science, lays out a wide range of areas such as habitat loss, extinction, and climate change—urgent issues we are facing today. After this course my interest in the environment and climate change only intensified."