Environmental Science Major & Minor

Ready to strap on your metaphorical wading boots and plunge into the environmental science program at Goshen College? Our major and minor will take you around the globe, from studying aquatic life in our marine bio lab the Florida Keys to performing controlled burns in the savannas of Kenya. On campus, you’ll be just a short walk away from Witmer Woods Arboretum and the College Cabin, which serve as prime educational research sites right on the Elkhart River.

As an environmental science major or minor, you can choose to concentrate in ecology, sustainability or agroecology. You’ll take classes at the college’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, a 1,189-acre nature preserve and field laboratory just 30 miles from campus. Merry Lea also offers residential programs like the Sustainability Leadership Semester, where you’ll investigate local wetlands and prairies and live with other students in sustainable LEED platinum-certified “green” buildings at Rieth Village.

In choosing Goshen College’s environmental science program you are joining a community of scholars committed to working toward restorative solutions for our world’s sustainability challenges. We share a passion for restoring right relationships with each other and creation. We hope you join us.

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Three Tracks

The Environmental Science major is completed via one of three different tracks, which creates a plan of study to match your interests.