Environmental & Marine Science Course Listings

A major in environmental and marine science and a minor in environmental studies are available. See also majors in sustainability studies and sustainable food systems and minors in agroecology and sustainability.

Major in environmental and marine science

54-58 credit hours (Core courses and one track)

Core courses (34-37 credit hours):

  • Biol 115, Ecology and Evolution 4
  • Biol 120, Cell Biology and Genetics 4
  • Biol 130, Organismal Biology 4
  • Biol 207, Roots of Environmental Crisis 3
  • Biol 324, Restoration Ecology 4
  • Biol 331, Junior Research Seminar 2
  • Biol 335, Natural Resources Policy Seminar 1
  • Biol 409, Internship 0-3
  • Biol 410, Biology Senior Seminar 1
  • Chem 111-112, General Chemistry 8
  • Psyc 380, Statistics in Research 3

Ecology track (20 credit hours)

  • Plant course (one of the following) 4
    • Biol 201, Botany of Seed Plants
    • Biol 345, Forest Resources
  • Animal course (one of the following) 4
    • Biol 200, Zoology
    • Biol 304, Marine Biology
    • Biol 308, General Entomology
    • Biol 350, Ornithology
  • Chem 303, Intro to Organic Chemistry 4
  • Math 211, Calculus I 4
  • Phys 203, General Physics I 4

Earth and climate science track (21 credit hours)

  • Biol 208, Geology, Meteorology, & Climate Science 4
  • Biol 222, Soil Science 4
  • Biol 232, Oceanography 3
  • Biol 235, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 4
  • Two of the following 6
    • Econ 309, Environmental Economics
    • Phys 215 NW, Climate Change
    • Soc 201 SW, Good Eating
    • Soc 320, Environmental Sociology

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in environmental science will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of core biological principles spanning all levels of hierarchy (cells to ecosystems).
  2. Provide examples of the fundamental role that evolutionary principles have in structuring biological systems from the cell to ecosystems.
  3. Design and implement experiments through developing research questions, designing research methods, and interpreting and analyzing data using statistical techniques.
  4. Use strong oral and writing skills to communicate scientific concepts.
  5. Articulate how faith and/or worldview informs personal bioethical attitudes and behaviors.
  6. Discuss core ecological principles spanning levels of inquiry, including global ecology, ecosystem science, population ecology, community ecology, and physiological ecology.
  7. Identify the biosphere’s most pressing environmental challenges and analyze the root causes of specific case studies using systems thinking.
  8. Demonstrate safe field and laboratory skills: taxonomy and identification of species, plant and animal monitoring techniques, habitat and soil surveys, GPS and GIS mapping.

Planning and advising notes

Students choosing the ecology track may elect to take General Chemistry, Chem 111-112, in the first year.

Planning guide

First year Goshen Core
Ecology & Evolution (fall)
Cell Biology & Genetics (spring)
Organismal Biology (spring)
Second & Third years Goshen Core
General Chemistry
SST
Roots of Environmental Crisis (spring)
Statistics course
Natural Resources Policy Seminar
Restoration Ecology
Junior Research Seminar
Courses in specified track
Fourth year Courses in specified track
Balance of Goshen Core
Internship
Senior Seminar

Minor in environmental studies

18 credit hours

  • Biol 115, Ecology & Evolution 4
  • Biol 207, Roots of Environmental Crisis 3
  • Biol 335, Natural Resource Policy Seminar 1
  • One of the following field electives: 4
    • Biol 200, Zoology
    • Biol 201, Botany of Seed Plants
    • Biol 304, Marine Biology
    • Biol 308, General Entomology
    • Biol 345, Forest Resources
    • Biol 350, Ornithology
  • Two courses selected from the following: 6
    • Econ 309, Environmental Economics
    • Hist 345, Environmental History
    • PoSc 210, Introduction to Public Policy
    • Soc 351, Sociology of the Environment
    • Sust 340, Field Experience in Environmental Education
    • Other courses approved by the director of the environmental science program