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.

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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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Study marine biology in Florida

The marine biology blog highlights the adventures of 18 students who are in the Florida Keys for the 2015 Marine Biology course. Follow our blog as we explore the sea!

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Dandelion Day at Goshen College - WNDU

Students and faculty at Goshen College took Earth Day one step further, creating meals for their 3rd Annual Dandelion Day.

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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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Faculty

Bill Minter

Bill Minter

Associate Professor of Environmental Science

Ryan Sensenig

Ryan Sensenig

Associate Professor of Biological & Environmental Science, ES Program Director

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Elizabeth Zinn

Elizabeth Zinn

Asst Professor & Environmental Educator, Sustainability and Environmental Education Department (SEED)

Luke Gascho

Luke Gascho

Director, Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, Professor of Sustainability/Environmental Education

Doug Schirch

Doug Schirch

Professor of Chemistry

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Jody Saylor

Jody Saylor

Associate Professor of Biology

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Andy Ammons

Andy Ammons

Associate Professor of Biology, Lindsay Field Researcher

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Dave Ostergren

Dave Ostergren

Director of Graduate Program in Environmental Education

Jonathon Schramm

Jonathon Schramm

Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Education

Jennifer Schrock

Jennifer Schrock

Merry Lea Public Program Administrator

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