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Green Aplenty in 2020.
Welcome to Natural History & Sustainability (NHS)
  Spring Semester 2020

Spring semester is now in full swing! Click here for a list of classes.

Course Spotlight: BIOLOGY 60C (Herpetology) begins March 3; BIOLOGY 61K (Lichens) begins March 9; Native American Studies 76E (California Indian Ecology) begins March 27. Click above link for class list.

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.

Latest News

Come join us! Schedule of Spring 2020 classes now up online. Experience hands on learning with many of our classes in the Natural History and Sustainability Program. Click here to enroll/apply

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.