Green Chemistry Certificate

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***Please note:  Requirements for the Green Chemistry Certificate are being changed because CHM 442 is no longer being offered.  For more information about alternatives, please contact Prof. Dave Leonard ([email protected] 616-331-3241)***

This 13-14 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.


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.  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. 

Career opportunities

A Certificate in Green Chemistry provides a major advantage to an applicant on the job market in the area of chemistry and environmental sciences. Entry-level positions in the field, such as chemical analysis, testing, quality control, and technical service are expected to list knowledge of green chemistry is desired (Cue Berkely, Pfizer, 2007) in job posting in the near future, as the industry recognizes its social responsibilities. The green job market involves a focus on environmentally responsible production. "Green" companies are seeking employees with knowledge of the green chemistry principles and understanding of green chemical design. Hiring a person with green chemistry certification will bring in-house expertise and life-cycle thinking, two main components currently lacking from the training in the future workforce. The certificate will also augment career opportunities in public, private, and nonprofit organizations and agencies interested in environmental issues and in the promotion of sustainability.

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