Image: Banner image of campus logo Merritt College

Natural History & Sustainability Home

Go Green in 2019.
Welcome to Natural History & Sustainability (NHS)
  Fall Semester 2019

Enroll Now: Click here for the list of Fall 2019 classes (begins 8/19)

Requirements for Certificates of Achievement: Conservation & Resource Management, Natural History & Resources, and Urban Agroecology

Job Training. Transfer Prep.

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. Certificates of Achievement are currently being developed for each track and are expected to be active by the Spring 2020 semester.

Latest News

Come join us! Schedule of Fall 2019 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

The Alameda Resource Conservation District is hiring! Check out these open positions for a Project Assistant and Urban Farm Consultant

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.