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GVSU students doing field research. Photo was taken pre-COVID.

Environmental and Sustainability Studies, B.A., B.S.

Environmental and sustainability studies (ENS) students develop holistic, place-based, and solutions-oriented understandings of today's environmental challenges.

Michigan Job Growth

Opportunities in the environmental and sustainability field are projected to grow 7% in Michigan by 2025.

National Job Growth by 2025

Opportunities in the environmental and sustainability field are projected to grow 6% in the U.S. by 2025.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Environmental and sustainability studies students gain hands-on experience through internships, research projects, and opportunities available through GVSU's unique Sustainable Agriculture Project.

Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

Students explore the ways interconnected physical, institutional, and cultural systems shape our attitudes and behavior toward the environment. The program emphasizes practical approaches to issues through collaborative problem-solving and involvement in research, internships, and community-based projects.

Students pursuing a major in ENS may choose a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and complete 35 to 37 credits, plus the B.A. or B.S. program requirements. Students select interdisciplinary coursework from at least one of four focus areas: sustainable food systems, energy, water resources, and culture and the built environment.

The ENS major is designed with the intention for students to easily combine and supplement it with another major, minor, or certificate to further expand knowledge and career options.

A minor in ENS is available with the completion of 21 credits. Visit for more information about the program.

Why Study Environmental and Sustainability Studies at Grand Valley?

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