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Green Aplenty in 2020.
Welcome to Natural History & Sustainability (NHS)
  Summer/Fall Semester 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, all class sessions in the Fall semester will take place online.

Our three new Certificates of Achievement are now live! Click below for requirements:

Conservation & Resource Management, Natural History & Resources, and Urban Agroecology

Organisms. Ecosystems. People.

Your career in the environment starts here.

Merritt’s new Natural History & Sustainability (NHS) Program emphasizes the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to tackle the major environmental challenges of the 21st century. The interdepartmental program offers career- and transfer-driven coursework in three tracks: (1) Natural History and Resources; (2) Conservation and Resource Management; and (3) Urban Agroecology. It is ideal for students interested in the basic science of the natural world and its effect on human society, and provides training for the following jobs: Park ranger, naturalist, field technician, urban farmer, food production analyst, water quality technician, environmental consultant, interpretive aide, environmental educator.

How do you get started? It’s easy–Merritt is a community college, so all you have to do is fill out an application and then sign up for a class. If you decide you want to pursue of our Certificates of Achievement, there is more detail on these programs above.

Latest News

Interested in a career in the environmental field? Read out new FAQ to see if you’re a good fit for our program. Click here: NHS Interest FAQ

Biology 29: Introduction to Biodiversity still has space for the Fall semester! An overview of the entire tree of life, from bacteria to humans, this class also fulfills natural science transfer and general ed requirements. Click here to get started.

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Why a lichen (a combination of fungi and algae) for our logo? Read more about why we chose the mottled tube lichen, Hypogymnia inactiva, to represent our program. Fun fact: The lichen in our logo was drawn by Merritt student Mary Ann King in Prof. Sheila Metcalf-Tobin’s “Botanical Drawing” class.