Environmental and Sustainability Studies, B.A., B.S.
Environmental and sustainability studies draws upon a variety of disciplines to develop a holistic, place-based, and solutions-oriented understanding of environmental and sustainability challenges. Students explore the ways interconnected physical, institutional, and cultural systems shape our attitudes and behavior toward the environment.
The program emphasizes practical approaches through collaborative problem-solving, research, and community engagement projects, internships, and practicums. The major requires completion of 35 to 37 credits, plus the B.A. or B.S. program requirements. Students organize interdisciplinary coursework around one of four chosen focus areas: Sustainable Food Systems, Energy, Water Resources, and Culture and the Built Environment. A minor is also available with the completion of 21 credits. Visit gvsu.edu/ens for more information.
Why Study Environmental and Sustainability Studies at Grand Valley?
- Pursue a career as an environmental and sustainability
professional by developing skills in communication, advocacy,
outreach, education, and research.
- Acquire first-hand experience addressing complex environmental
problems through community-based learning, internships, and research projects.
- Engage in campus activities with student organizations and through GVSU's Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP), Office of Sustainability Practices, or Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI).
- Gain the broad educational background needed to create positive
change as leaders, decision-makers, and citizens.
- Combine this program with other majors to expand your knowledge
and career options.