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 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!
News & Events
Goshen College is Indiana’s first Bee Campus USA
Goshen College has been named Indiana’s first Bee Campus USA and is just the second college in the Midwest and 27th nationally to be recognized for its work in supporting pollinators such as bees.
GC maintains Tree Campus USA honors
Goshen College has been honored for the third consecutive year with 2017 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Ranking among the 40 best college farms, according to CollegeRanker.com
Ranking in the percentage of graduates going on to earn doctorates among all Indiana institutions
Acres of land to explore at GC’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center
One of the greenest colleges in the country – Sierra Magazine
Number of years the marine biology program has operated in the Florida Keys
Acres of lawn Goshen College has restored to native landscaping
The environmental science major is completed via one of two 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.
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.