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Summer Experience

Environmental Studies and Sustainable Food Systems


Spring - Summer 2017

Get your hands dirty this summer by participating in Grand Valley’s Environmental Studies and Sustainable Food Systems Summer Experience. Whether you take courses toward the Environmental Studies Minor, the Sustainable Food Systems Certificate, or to fulfill Grand Valley General Education requirements, you’ll dig in with like-minded students and faculty members for a unique hands-on summer experience. Study the environment, food systems, and sustainability, live in apartment-style campus housing if you choose, and get on-site instruction at the Sustainable Agriculture Project, all on Grand Valley’s environmentally diverse and naturally beautiful Allendale Campus.

Eligibility

Students of any major, from GVSU or another college or university, are encouraged to register. Students who are enrolled at another institution and would like to take a class at Grand Valley should complete a Guest Application and submit it to their school's registrar's office. Grand Valley students should return their completed guest application to the GVSU Registrar's Office. For more information, please see these Guidelines for Spring/Summer Registration, and contact the Registrar's Office at regdept@gvsu.edu or 616/331-3327. The sustainable food systems certificate is open to non degree-seeking students. See here for information about enrolling as an undergraduate or graduate non-degree seeking student.

The GVSU Allendale Campus

On Campus:

  • The Sustainable Agriculture Project: A small working farm that includes two hoop houses
  • Lake Ontario Hall: LEED-certified building containing classrooms and more
  • Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center and South E Apartments: Classrooms, student living space, and more

Nearby:

  • The Grand River and its distinctive ravine system 
  • The City of Grand Rapids, a United Nations University regional center of expertise for education in Sustainable Development
  • Lake Michigan shoreline and dunes

Housing:

  • Optional on-campus, apartment-style housing is available in the South E Apartments. See here for information on Spring-Summer housing. The housing application is available in myBanner.
  • Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as assignments are made in order of application date. Students may opt for a 6-Week Spring Contract, 6-Week Summer Contract, or 12-Week Spring/Summer Contract.
  • For housing-related questions, contact myhousing@gvsu.edu.

2017 Registration Information

Registration for Spring-Summer courses begins in mid-March, as well as registration for fall 2017 and winter 2018 semesters. See the detailed 2017-18 registration schedule here.

Spring Six-week Courses run May 8 - June 21

Summer Six-week Courses run June 26 - August 8

Spring/Summer 12-week Courses run May 8 - August 8

See the Environmental Studies Minor and Sustainable Food Systems Certificate worksheets for an overview of requirements that these courses fulfill. Courses are taught on the Allendale campus unless otherwise noted. A substantial portion of the GVSU Environmental Studies Minor can be completed over the 12 weeks.

Courses

SPRING 6-WEEK COURSES (MAY 8 - JUNE 21)

  • ENS 201: Introduction to Environmental Studies [ENS core, SFS core]
    Sec. 01, MW 12:00-3:20 pm, Instructor: Kelly Parker, Banner CRN: 36873
    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor
     
  • ENS 380/GPY 381: Cultural Geographies of Netherlands [ENS elective]
    Arranged (Study Abroad Netherlands), Instructor: Jeroen Wagendor, Banner CRN: 38042
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • ENS 490: Internship [ENS elective]
    See the ENS Internship Guide for information. Prerequisite: Permission of the director.
     
  • ENS 492: Sustainable Agriculture Practicum [ENS Political & Economic, SFS core]
    Sec. 01, TR 12:00-3:20 pm, Instructor: Amy McFarland, Banner CRN: 38043
    Prerequisite: ENS 201 or permission of instructor
     
  • BIO 105: Environmental Science [ENS Physical & Life Sciences]
    Sec. 01, MW 6:00-9:20 pm, Instructor: TBA, Banner CRN: 33410
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • BIO 215: General Ecology  [ENS Physical & Life Sciences]
    Sec. 10, MW 8:30-11:50 am, Instructor: TBA, Banner CRN: 37069
    Prerequisite: BIO 120 or 121
     
  • BIO 215: General Ecology  [ENS Physical & Life Sciences]
    Sec. 901, TR 8:30-11:50 am, Instructor: TBA, Banner CRN: 37070
    Prerequisite: BIO 120 or 121
     
  • BMS 105: Basic Nutrition [SFS Food & Nutrition]
    Sec. 01, MW 8:30-11:50 am, Instructor TBA, Banner CRN: 38068
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • BMS 105: Basic Nutrition [SFS Food & Nutrition]
    Sec. 02, MW 5:00-8:20 pm, Instructor: TBA, Banner CRN: 37734
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • GEO 100: Environmental Geology [ENS Physical & Life Sciences]
    Sec. 01, MW 9:00-11:50 am, Instructor: Stephen Mattox, Banner CRN: 32641
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • GEO 111: Exploring the Earth [ENS Physical & Life Sciences]
    Sec. 01, MTWR 12:00-3:20 pm (includes lab), Instructor: Figen Mekik. Banner CRN: 33264
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • GPY 100: Physical and Environmental Geography [ENS Physical & Life Sciences]
    Sec. 01, Online, Instructor: Elena Lioubimtseva, Banner CRN: 36394
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • GPY 100: Physical and Environmental Geography [ENS Physical & Life Sciences]
    Sec. 02, Online, Instructor: Elena Lioubimtseva, Banner CRN: 37313
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • HST 323: Michigan History [ENS Social & Cultural]
    Sec. 01, TR 6:00-9:20 pm, Instructor: Matthew Daley, Banner CRN: 36820
    Prerequisite: None 
     
  • HTM 175: International Food and Culture [ENS Political & Economic; SFS Food & Nutrition]
    Sec. 01, TR 12:00-3:20 pm, Instructor: Allison Adams Bousson, Banner CRN: 30724
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • PA/GPY 307: Local Politics and Administration [ENS Political & Economic]
    Sec. 01, MW 6:00-9:20 pm Grand Rapids, Instructor: TBA, Banner CRN: 31390
    Prerequisite: None

SUMMER 6-WEEK COURSES (JUNE 26 - AUGUST 8)

  • ENS 490: Internship [ENS elective]
    See the ENS Internship Guide for information. Prerequisite: Permission of the director
     
  • BIO 105: Environmental Science  [ENS Physical & Life Sciences]
    Sec. 02, MW 8:30-11:50 am, Instructor: TBA, Banner CRN: 37347
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • BMS 105: Basic Nutrition [SFS Food & Nutrition]
    Sec. 03, TR 12:00-3:20 pm, Instructor: TBA, Banner CRN: 38069
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • GEO 105: Living with the Great Lakes  [ENS Physical & Life Sciences]
    Sec. 01, TR 12:00-3:20 pm, Instructor: Ryan Vannier, Banner CRN: 33263
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • PA 360: Volunteerism and the Nonprofit Sector [ENS Political & Economic]
    Sec. 01, MW 12:00-3:20 pm, Instructor: Michael Patrick Moody, Banner CRN: 38022
    Prerequisite: None

SPRING-SUMMER 12-WEEK COURSES (MAY 8 - AUGUST 8)

  • ENS 399: Readings in Environmental Studies [ENS elective]
    TBA: Students may enroll in 1, 2, 3, or 4 credits
    Prerequisite: Permission of the program director
     
  • ENS 490: Internship [ENS elective]
    See the ENS Internship Guide for information. Prerequisite: Permission of the director
     
  • BIO 319: Global Agricultural Sustainability [ENS Pol-Econ, SFS Ag; GE: Issues-Sustainability] 
    Sec. 01, T 6:00-9:20 pm, Instructor: Wendy Ransom-Hodgkins, Banner CRN: 37068 
    Prerequisite: Gen Ed Life Science requirement or instructor permission
     
  • HTM 175: International Food and Culture  [ENS Political-Economic, SFS Food & Nutrition]
    Sec. 01, Online, Instructor: Charles Baker Clark, Banner CRN: 37325
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • SW 150: Human Needs on Complex Societies [ENS Social & Cultural]
    Sec. 01, TR 3:00-6:20 pm Grand Rapids, Instructor: Scott Berlin, Banner CRN: 31338
    Prerequisite: None