Environmental Studies

Founded in the early 1970s, New College's Environmental Studies AOC is one of the oldest of its type in the country. Our program is designed to help students focus on the major issues of our time, including climate change, sea level rise, food security, urban environments, governing the oceans, and environmental conservation and stewardship. As a student in our Environmental Studies program, you will work alongside expert faculty from a dozen disciplines to solve problems: testing water or soil quality, looking at policies regarding land and marine use, finding and identifying invasive species, exploring systems modeling, studying statistics used in data analysis and delving into environmental awareness.

Our campus sits on a diverse coastline, which allows students to study a wide range of habitats right in our own backyard, including pine flatwoods, mangroves, estuaries, bay beaches and more. It is also a great place to study how people, policy and social institutions manage and mismanage their environment. Here, and in other parts of Sarasota Bay, our students get a firsthand look at the effects of storm water runoff, sea walls, sea grass beds and prop scarring on a coastal environment.

New College is also close to the freshwater wetlands, dry scrubs and native Florida habitat at Myakka River State Park, as well as many other parks and recreational areas, where students have access to a living laboratory for their research. Additional nearby resources include Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Lemur Conservation Foundation, Big Cat Habitat, Venice Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and others.

Best of all for students in Environmental Studies, New College’s flexible academic program means that you work one-on-one with a faculty advisor to build a plan of study that matches your personal and academic interests. Our graduates in Environmental Studies lead successful careers in federal, state, and local environmental management agencies, teaching, conducting research, and following entrepreneurial pursuits in the non-profit and for-profit sectors, especially in businesses with a sustainability focus.     


Brilliantly [U]nique. [U]niquely Brilliant.

As part of the State University System of Florida, New College of Florida is one of the few public liberal arts and sciences honors colleges in the United States. We’re known for our record number of Fulbright Scholars (more per capita than Harvard, Stanford or Yale) and for the high rate of our students going on to graduate school. We offer an individualized, thought-provoking and challenging academic experience. What does that mean? Hands-on research conducted side by side with your professors. Small, intimate classes. Detailed narrative evaluations from your professors. Independent study required to graduate. All in a stunning location right on the water in Sarasota, Florida.

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Sarasota Bay is home to the longest-studied population of wild bottlenose dolphins in the world.

Office of the Provost
New College of Florida
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Florida  34243

Phone: (941) 487-4200
Fax: (941) 487-4201
provost@ncf.edu