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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Faculty

Ryan Sensenig

Ryan Sensenig

Associate Professor of Biological & Environmental Science, ES Program Director

Bill Minter

Bill Minter

Associate Professor of Environmental Science


Elizabeth Zinn

Elizabeth Zinn

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


Doug Schirch

Doug Schirch

Professor of Chemistry

Andy Ammons

Andy Ammons

Associate Professor of Biology, Lindsay Field Researcher

Jody Saylor

Jody Saylor

Associate Professor of Biology

Jonathon Schramm

Jonathon Schramm

Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Education


Jennifer Schrock

Jennifer Schrock

Merry Lea Public Program Administrator


Dave Ostergren

Dave Ostergren

Director of Graduate Program in Environmental Education


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