Green Chemistry Certificate

A Certificate in Green Chemistry will be a strong curricular addition to the degrees offered at GVSU. This 13-14 credit hour Certificate in Green Chemistry provides students at Grand Valley State University with a foundational knowledge of green, benign chemistry and its principles. This certificate can be completed in one calendar year, if all prerequisites were completed previously.

Career Opportunities

A Certificate in Green Chemistry provides a major advantage to an applicant on the job market in the area of chemistry and environmental sciences. Entry-level positions in the field, such as chemical analysis, testing, quality control, and technical service are expected to list knowledge of green chemistry is desired (Cue Berkely, Pfizer, 2007) in job posting in the near future, as the industry recognizes its social responsibilities. The green job market involves a focus on environmentally responsible production. "Green" companies are seeking employees with knowledge of the green chemistry principles and understanding of green chemical design. Hiring a person with green chemistry certification will bring in-house expertise and life-cycle thinking, two main components currently lacking from the training in the future workforce. The certificate will also augment career opportunities in public, private, and nonprofit organizations and agencies interested in environmental issues and in the promotion of sustainability.

A Certificate in Green Chemistry is neither a major nor a minor; it can/should be used as a focus investigation area of Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Studies, or Sustainability.

Students who seek a Certificate in Green Chemistry are required to complete 13-14 credits from the courses below:

  • CHM 311 Green Chemistry and Industrial Processes Credits: 3
  • CHM 321 Environmental Chemistry Credits: 3
  • CHM 399 Readings in Chemistry Credits: 1 or 2
  • CHM 490 Chemistry Laboratory Internship Credits: 1 to 4 OR CHM 499 Investigation Problems Credits: 1 to 5
    (any combination of CHM & 490/499 that add to a total of 3 credits satisfies this requirement)

And one of the courses listed below:

  • CHM 322 Environmental Chemical Analysis Credits: 3
  • NRM 330 Environmental Pollution Credits: 3
  • GPY 412 Global Environmental Change Credits: 3
  • ECO 345 Environmental and Resource Economics Credits: 3
  • GEO 300 Geology and the Environment Credits: 3
  • NRM 451 Natural Resource Policy Credits: 4*
  • GEO 445 Introduction to Geochemistry Credits: 4*

*GEO 445 and NRM 451 are four credit courses; in case of opting for one of these two courses, the total number of required credits will be 14.