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Environmental Studies Minor

Students pursuing an environmental studies minor explore all the ways by which human society influences, and is influenced by, its natural environment. The explore scientific, socio-economic, political, and ethical solutions to environmental problems.

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Program Overview

The 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 human society influences, and is influenced by, its natural environment. Finding constructive solutions to our environmental problems requires an understanding of their scientific, socio-economic, political, and ethical dimensions.

Why 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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For More Information

Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program
229 Lake Ontario Hall
(616) 331-8016

Admissions Office

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this program study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face


The environmental studies curriculum covers such topics as:

  • Alternative energy
  • Cultural and organizational change
  • Food systems
  • Green technology
  • Sustainability and the built environment
  • Water resources

Career Options

The environmental studies minor is valuable preparation for careers 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
  • Environmental education, communications, and media
  • Sustainable community development
  • Land-use planning


“Through active participation, I've gained valuable experience, created new relationships, and made connections allowing me to practice environmental and social justice in hopes of making a difference.”