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2015-2016 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems

Strong local food systems are essential for healthy local communities. Students preparing for careers in local food enterprises, health care, sustainability, education, business, social work, non-profit administration and many other fields will benefit from the skills and experience necessary to address the role of food in community life.

Why study sustainable food systems at Grand Valley?

  • A deep understanding of sustainable food systems and their impacts on society and the environment.
  • Practical gardening, recycling and composting skills.
  • Hands-on experience at the GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project campus farm site.
  • Broad interdisciplinary understanding of and integration of multiple perspectives on food systems, food justice, environmental stewardship, nutrition, and community.
  • An understanding of food needs of different communities.
  • The ability to take action that supports local food production and environmental stewardship for the next generation.

Admission Requirements

Anyone admitted to GVSU as a degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking student may complete this certificate. To complete the certificate, students must select a total of at least 15 credits. Students may pursue the certificate in sustainable food systems concurrently with the environmental studies minor. Any course that satisfies both requirements will be counted towards the certificate and the minor.

Certificate Requirements

In order to complete the certificate, students must select a total of at least 15 credits from a list of required and elective courses. For elective courses, students must select one course from each of the two groups of electives, and one additional elective from either group for a total of three elective courses. No more than two elective courses with the same prefix are allowed.

Required courses - 6 credits:

Elective courses - 9 to 10 credits:

Environmental Studies Program Description

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