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.
Examining collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches to environmental challenges
Students earn 15 credits through participating in the fully residential Sustainability Leadership Semester at Merry Lea, or through the Campus Sustainability Track, where classes are taken in multiple departments.
Implementing agricultural practices built on ecological principles
Through completion of the 8-week residential Agroecology Summer Intensive (ASI) taught at Merry Lea, students earn 12 credits and gain an integrative, hands-on approach to growing food. Students also take botany and entomology courses in the biology department.
Number of years the marine biology program has operated in the Florida Keys
Inaugural year of the Sustainability Leadership Semester
Acres of lawn Goshen College has restored to native landscaping
Acres of land to explore at GC’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center
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Kevin Bacher '89 says he has one of the best jobs in the world, giving presentations and coordinating volunteers for Mount Rainier National Park.
The Sustainability Leadership Semester is offered every fall semester at the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, a 1,189-acre nature sanctuary (30 minutes southeast of the main campus near Wolf Lake, Indiana). The fully-accredited experience comprises 15 credits over five classes, and is open to upper-level students from any major and from any school.
Goshen College’s Sustainability Leadership Semester (SLS) is a 15 credit semester-long program each fall designed to provide undergraduate students with hands-on, experiential learning while engaging real environmental issues in the region.
Goshen College is in its 50th year of offering marine biology courses in Florida. That’s a golden anniversary of focused, hands-on education, and a program with an impact felt beyond the college campus.
A key element of Goshen College sustainability is the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, a 1200-acre preserve.