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Green Chemistry undergraduate certificate

Green chemistry focuses on understanding how chemicals affect human health and the environment. It constitutes the core chemistry contribution towards sustainability by guiding the design of chemicals and processes toward reducing or eliminating the use or generation of hazardous substances.

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Program Overview

The courses required for the certificate in green chemistry will enhance your understanding of sustainability and green, benign chemistry concepts. This certificate is a strong curricular addition to your degree. Students must be degree-seeking in order to complete this certificate.

Why Study Green Chemistry at Grand Valley?

  • Grand Valley State University offers one of the few green chemistry certificate programs in the country.
  • Access to state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.
  • One-on-one interaction with faculty members.
  • Opportunities for hands-on experience via internships and research opportunities available with faculty members and local businesses.
  • The Chemistry Department at Grand Valley received the 2009 Michigan Green Chemistry Governor Award for green chemistry education.
  • Grand Valley was among the first to sign the national Green Chemistry Commitment, June 2013, an agreement that states all chemistry majors, by the time they graduate, will have proficiency in green chemistry.

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For More Information

Chemistry Department
312 Padnos Hall
(616) 331-3317

Admissions Office

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this program study at Grand Valleys Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face


Students are required to complete 13 to 14 credits, including research/lab experience. Coursework can include:

  • Synthetic polymers: life cycle and emerging sustainable technologies
  • Environmental pollution
  • Global environmental change
  • Green chemistry for sustainable environment
  • Introduction to geochemistry
  • Natural resource policy
  • Environmental and resource economics

Career Options

The certificate in green chemistry provides an advantage to applicants entering the job market. It will also augment career opportunities in public, private, and nonprofit organizations interested in environmental issues and sustainability. Opportunities include:

  • Research and development
  • Chemical analysis
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Process control


“Being certified in green chemistry set me apart from others when I was building my resume and interviewing for jobs. I'm a chemist with a new sustainable skill set that the job market rarely sees.”