For the health and safety of the Grand Valley community, remote academic instruction will continue through April 25. The Admissions office is available to answer calls Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 616-331-2025 or 1-800-748-0246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional instructions and updates at www.gvsu.edu/coronavirus
GVSU COVID-19 Update:
For the health and safety of the Grand Valley community, remote academic instruction and services will continue through at least April 25, 2020. Find additional instructions and updates from GVSU related to COVID-19 at www.gvsu.edu/coronavirus.
Environmental and Sustainability Studies:
ENS faculty and staff continue to be available to assist students through email and phone communication (email@example.com / 616-331-8016).
Notice concerning Internships and other site-based learning:
GVSU students will not be able to pursue community-based or on-site learning experiences through at least spring 2020 semester. Refer to the Independent Learning page for more information.
The Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program at GVSU is hiring a full-time Affiliate Faculty member to start in Fall 2020.
Welcome to the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program!
Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ENS) at Grand Valley State University draws upon a variety of disciplines to develop a holistic, place-based, and solutions-oriented understanding of environmental and sustainability challenges. The program emphasizes a practical approach to environmental issues through collaborative problem-solving, involvement in faculty-led research projects, internships, practicums, and community engagement projects. Students gain an understanding of the way interconnected physical, institutional, and cultural systems shape our attitudes and behavior toward the environment. The ENS program resides within GVSU's Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies. First introduced in 2008 as a minor, Environmental and Sustainability Studies has grown considerably since its inception and became a major in spring 2019. Visit the online catalog for a complete program description.
Students who major in Environmental and Sustainability Studies may choose a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. A major requires completion of 35 to 37 credits, plus the B.A. or B.S. program requirements. Students select coursework from three categories: social and cultural perspectives, physical and life science perspectives, and political and economic perspectives. In addition to three required core courses and a technical skills elective, students organize their studies around one or more of four focus areas:
- Sustainable Food Systems
- Water Resources
- Culture and the Built Environment
A minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies is also available with the completion of 21 credits.
The undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) is designed for GVSU degree-seeking students of any major who wish to develop specialized knowledge about all aspects of sustainable, local food systems. This certificate has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission.
Why study Environmental and Sustainability Studies at Grand Valley?
- Students gain the broad educational background needed to create positive change as leaders, thinkers, decision-makers, and citizens.
- Students can combine the ENS major or minor conveniently with other majors to expand interdisciplinary knowledge and career options.
- Students acquire first-hand experience addressing large and complex environmental problems through community based-learning, internships, independent and collaborative research.
- Students have access to a multitude of opportunities for campus engagement including GVSU’s Sustainable Agriculture Project, Office of Sustainability Practices, and student-led organizations such as the Student Environmental Coalition and Farm Club.
Businesses, government, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions are increasingly interested in implementing environmental and sustainability initiatives. Graduates of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program at Grand Valley are prepared to pursue careers in the emerging field of sustainability implementation and in a wide variety of other occupations that involve environmental and sustainability communication, advocacy, outreach, education, and research. Students may also pursue post-graduate studies in areas such as law, public policy, administration, business, or environmental humanities.