Image: Banner image of campus logo Merritt College

Natural History & Sustainability Home

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

Courses for Summer and Fall are now open for enrollment. Check out the list here, and begin enrollment here.

COVID-19 UPDATE: While many Fall courses are currently listed in our system as meeting face-to-face, most classes will be taught online with the possibility of some face-to-face interaction. Please check with individual professors for details.

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

NHS Logo

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.