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.

Related Programs

Three Tracks

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 sustainability and agroecology.


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Goshen College listed among greenest schools by Princeton Review

Goshen College is one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges. The Princeton Review chose the schools for the sixth annual edition of its “green guide” based on data from the company’s 2014 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitments to the environment and sustainability.

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In Kenya, GC students document stories of sustainability

The Goshen College Communication Department and FiveCore Media recently released two documentaries on the work of Foods Resource Bank (FRB) and its partners in Kenya: "Sunset to Sunrise: Sustainable Living in Ndeiya" and "Culture and Community: The Maasai Shift to Settled Life."

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Goshen College named one of America's greenest colleges by the Sierra Club

As Goshen College’s carbon footprint continues to shrink, its reputation as a leader in sustainable colleges is growing. GC was recently named to Sierra Magazine’s eighth annual list of “Cool Schools,” a ranking of America’s greenest colleges.

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Goshen College welcomes Great March for Climate Action

Goshen College and College Mennonite Church welcomed walkers participating in the Great March for Climate Action on Monday, Sept. 15.

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Students perform ecology research in Kenya

Fourteen Goshen College biology students spent three weeks studying wildlife ecology, fire ecology and conservation biology in the Laikipia Plateau of Kenya.

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