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Environmental Studies


Program Overview

The interdisciplinary environmental studies minor provides a broad interdisciplinary education for students who wish to develop effective, practical ways to address sustainability and environmental concerns. Students explore the multiple ways by which human society influences, and is influenced by, its natural environment. Finding effective and practical solutions to our environmental problems requires an understanding of their scientific, socio-economic, political, and ethical dimensions.


The environmental studies curriculum covers such topics as:

  • Food systems
  • Energy and climate change
  • Water quality
  • Sustainability and the built environment
  • Green technology
  • Land use

Career Options

The environmental studies minor is valuable preparation for many kinds of career in industry, government, education, public service, and the non-profit sector, including those in:

  • Sustainable agriculture and food systems
  • Alternative and renewable energy
  • Water quality issues
  • Environmental education, communications, and media
  • Sustainable community development
  • Land-use planning

Why Study Environmental Studies at Grand Valley?

  • The 21-credit minor offers a flexible environmental education curriculum that is compatible with any major.
  • There is a focus on environmental problem solving skills and finding sustainable solutions.
  • The program provides opportunities to get involved on campus and in local and global communities.

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Environmental Studies Program


“Through active participation with my community I have gained valuable experience, created new relationships, and made connections that will allow me to practice environmental and social justice in hopes of making a difference in the quality of life for my family and my community.”


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