Environmental & Marine Science Major


Our environmental and marine science major will take you around the globe, from studying aquatic life in our marine bio lab in the Florida Keys during our new Marine Biology Semester 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 and marine science major, you can choose to concentrate in ecology or earth & climate science. You’ll take classes at the college’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, our 1,189-acre nature preserve and field laboratory. 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 Rieth Village’s green buildings.

In choosing Goshen College’s environmental and marine science major, or environmental studies minor, 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 Track Options

The environmental science major is completed via one of three different tracks, which creates a plan of study to match your interests. We also offer minors in our environmental science program in sustainability and agroecology.

Ecology Track

Applying research skills to understanding our ecological world

Coursework and fieldwork prepares students for careers in ecology, wildlife studies (with field work programs in Kenya),botany, marine biology, forestry, or other field biology vocations. The college offers May-term classes at the J.N. Roth Marine Biology station and multiple field classes at our 1,189 acre field station, Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center.

Earth & Climate Science Track

Applying research skills to understanding and tackling the global and local effects of climate change

Highlights the connections between climate change, and human and environmental health, with grounding in the physical sciences including geology, climate and soil science. You will be immersed in research and study in the field (including at the J.N. Roth Marine Biology station) and through laboratory investigations in our local community.

Marine Biology Track

Explores the management and ecology of marine systems — for students interested in careers in oceanography, coastal systems or marine policy. Includes participation in the the college’s new Marine Biology Semester in the Florida Keys.

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Faculty & Staff

Ryan Sensenig

Professor of Biological & Environmental Science
ES Program Director
& Lindsay Teaching Fellow

Bill Minter

Associate Professor of Environmental Science

Jonathon Schramm

Associate Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Education
SST Tanzania: SP

Andy Ammons

Professor of Biology

Doug Schirch

Professor of Chemistry

Jody Saylor

Associate Professor of Biology

Danielle Pagoria

Administrative Assistant