2020-2021 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Green Chemistry Undergraduate Certificate
A certificate in green chemistry will be a strong curricular addition to the degrees offered at GVSU. This 13 to 14 credit hour certificate in green chemistry provides students at Grand Valley State University with a foundational knowledge of green, benign chemistry and its principles. This certificate can be completed in one calendar year, if all prerequisites were completed previously. Students must be degree seeking students to receive the certificate. The certificate will be awarded at the same time as the degree is awarded. All undergraduate certificates have received Higher Learning Commission approval, and students are eligible for financial aid because they are seeking a degree.
A certificate in green chemistry is neither a major nor a minor; it can/should be used as a focus investigation area of chemistry, environmental sciences, engineering, environmental studies, or sustainability.
Requirements for a Certificate in Green Chemistry
Students must earn a bachelor's degree to earn this certificate. Students who seek a certificate in green chemistry are required to complete 12 to 13 credits from the courses as follows:
- CHM 421 - Green Chemistry for Sustainable Environment (3 credits)
- CHM 442 - Synthetic Polymers: Life Cycle and Emerging Sustainable Technologies (3 credits)
- CHM 399 - Readings in Chemistry (1 to 2 credits) * OR CHM 490 - Chemistry Laboratory Internship (1 to 4 credits) * OR CHM 499 - Investigation Problems (1 to 5 credits) *
AND one of the following courses:
- CHM 427 - Green and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (3 credits)
- ECO 345 - Environmental and Resource Economics (3 credits)
- GEO 300 - Geology and the Environment (3 credits)
- GEO 445 - Introduction to Geochemistry (3 credits)
- GPY 412 - Global Climate and Environmental Change (3 credits)
- NRM 330 - Environmental Pollution (3 credits)
- NRM 451 - Natural Resource Policy (3 credits)
*CHM 399 - Readings in Chemistry, CHM 490 - Chemistry Laboratory Internship, and CHM 499 - Investigation Problems are variable credit independent study courses. Any combination of independent projects approved by the advisor adding up to three credits satisfies this requirement.