2023-2024 Registration & Course Offerings

REGISTRATION

This page provides information about registration, advising, and course offerings specific to the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, whether you’re pursuing an ENS majorENS minor, or the Sustainable Food Systems Certificate.  

Course offerings for upcoming semesters are now accessible for viewing in Banner, and registration for classes offered in Spring/Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Winter 2024 begins the 3rd week of March. Refer to the registration calendar to know when you are eligible to enroll. Many courses fill up quickly, so don’t wait too long to register!

While course registration still takes place in Banner, the Registrar's course search index is available for quick queries of any course without needing to log in.


ADVISING

We hope to see you at one of our drop-in advising events. Alternatively, students may reach out directly to their assigned advisor or to an advisor in the Brooks College Advising Center to arrange a virtual or in-person meeting. If you're not sure who your advisor is, this info can be located within Banner under Student, Student Records, View Major and Advisor Information. Be proactive in connecting with your advisor regularly throughout your time at Grand Valley.

Advisors:

Although students who declare minors are not assigned advisors within the program of their minor, they may reach out to an ENS advisor or the Brooks College Advising Center ([email protected], 616-331-8200) for guidance. The Brooks College Advising Center is located in 260 Lake Michigan Hall on Allendale Campus.

To learn more about the faculty and staff in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, refer to the ENS Faculty/Staff Directory.


COURSE OFFERINGS

Below are Core and Synthesis courses, as well as ENS-prefix electives, offered by the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program for the 2023-2024 academic year. Given the vast number of courses available that satisfy elective requirements for the ENS major and minor, we're unable to include a complete listing here. Please refer to Banner to view all elective course offerings.

In the meantime:

Happy course planning!  :)
Reach out to the ENS Office ([email protected], 616-331-8016) or the Brooks College Advising Center ([email protected], 616-331-8200) with any questions.

2023-2024 Courses

  • ENS 399: Independent Readings/Research (1-3 credits) [ENS elective]
    CRNs: 37929 (1 cr), 38326 (2 cr), 40359 (3 cr); 
    Traditional, Instructor: Amy McFarland; Permit required.
    See the ENS Independent Learning Guide for information.
     
  • ENS 490: Internship (1-6 credits) [ENS major: Synthesis/Application, ENS elective]
    CRNs: 40927 (1 cr), 40928 (2 cr), 40929 (3 cr), 40905 (4 cr), 40906 (5 cr), 40930 (6 cr); 
    Traditional, Instructor: Crystal Scott-Tunstall; Permit required
    See the ENS Internship Guide for information. 
     
  • ENS 491: Practicum (1-6 credits) [ENS major: Synthesis/Application, ENS elective]
    CRNs: 40907 (1 cr), 39385 (2 cr), 39386 (3 cr), 40361 (4 cr), 40908 (5 cr), 40909 (6 cr); 
    Traditional, Instructor: Amy McFarland; Permit required.
    See the ENS Practicum Guide for information.                                                                                  
  • ENS 303.01: Introduction to U.S. Environmental Policy [ENS Political/Economic]
    Online, Instructor: Laura Schneider, CRN: 41499
     
  • ENS 311.01: To Bee or Not to Bee; Honey Bees & Social Impact [ENS Social/Cultural]
    Hybrid, TR 12-3:20pm, Instructor: Todd Aschenbach, CRN: 41473
     
  • ENS 380.01: Beaver Island Field School: Place Matters [see ENS substitutions list]
    Hybrid (June 11-July 1), Instructor: Kelly Parker, CRN: 40746
    Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor.
     
  • ENS 381.01: Cultural Geographies/Sustainable Planning in the Netherlands [see ENS substitutions list]
    Traditional (Study Abroad June 22-July 7), Instructor: Jeroen Wagendorp, CRN: 41532
    Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor. 
     
  • ENS/GPY 412.01: Global Climate/Environmental Change [ENS elective, GE Issues-Sustainability]
    Online, Instructor: Elena Lioubimtseva, CRN: 40776
    Prerequisite: Junior standing, GPY 100 or ENS 201 or 1 course from Foundations- Natural Science
  • ENS 183.01: Sustainability as a Lifestyle [1-credit elective, partial semester]
    Traditional, R 10:00-11:15am, Instructor: Yumiko Jakobcic, CRN: 32095
     
  • ENS 183.02: Sustainability as a Lifestyle [1-credit elective, partial semester]
    Online, W 3:00-4:15pm, Instructors: Janet Vail & Amanda Syers, CRN: 32479
     
  • ENS 201.01: Intro to Environmental & Sustainability Studies [ENS Core, SFS Core]
    Online, MW 1:30-2:45pm, Instructor: Crystal Scott-Tunstall, CRN: 17317
     
  • ENS 201.02: Intro to Environmental & Sustainability Studies [ENS Core, SFS Core]
    Online, TR 10:00-11:15am, Instructor: Crystal Scott-Tunstall, CRN: 24676
     
  • ENS 201.03: Intro to Environmental & Sustainability Studies [ENS Core, SFS Core]
    Traditional, TR 2:30-3:45pm, Instructor: Janet Vail, CRN: 27757
     
  • ENS 201.04: Intro to Environmental & Sustainability Studies [ENS Core, SFS Core]
    Traditional, MW 3:00-4:15pm, Instructor: Rebecca Williams, CRN: 28959
     
  • ENS 201.05: Intro to Environmental & Sustainability Studies [ENS Core, SFS Core]
    Traditional, TR 4:00-5:15pm, Instructor: Alexandre Mangala, CRN: 32200
     
  • ENS 238.01 (formerly 280): History of Michigan Waterways [see ENS substitutions list]
    Traditional, TR 1:00-2:15pm, Instructor: Ramya Swayamprakash, CRN: 32753
     
  • ENS 300.01: Principles of Sustainability (SWS)  [ENS major: Core, ENS minor: elective]
    Online Asynchronous, Instructor: Evan Edwards, CRN: 28960
    Prerequisite: ENS 201.     
        
  • ENS 300.02: Principles of Sustainability (SWS)  [ENS major: Core, ENS minor: elective]
    Traditional, W 6:00-8:50pm, Instructor: Kelly Parker, CRN: 31221
    Prerequisite: ENS 201. 
       
  • ENS 301.01: Methods in Interdisciplinary ENS [ENS major: Core, ENS minor: elective]
    Traditional, TR 2:30-3:45pm, Instructor: Monika Moore, CRN: 31241
    Prerequisite: ENS 201 or permission of the Instructor.
     
  • ENS 301.02: Methods in Interdisciplinary ENS [ENS major: Core, ENS minor: elective]
    Online Asynchronous, Instructor: Monika Moore, CRN: 31242
    Prerequisite: ENS 201 or permission of the Instructor. 
       
  • ENS 303.01: Introduction to U.S. Environmental Policy [ENS Political/Economic]
    Traditional, MW 1:30-2:45pm, Instructor: Laura Schneider, CRN: 32043
     
  • ENS 311.01A: To Bee or Not to Bee; Honey Bees & Social Impact [ENS Social/Cultural]
    Hybrid, M 3:00-4:15pm, Instructor: Anthony Meyer, CRN: 26984
     
  • ENS 311.01B: To Bee or Not to Bee; Honey Bees & Social Impact [ENS Social/Cultural]
    Hybrid, W 3:00-4:15pm, Instructor: Anthony Meyer, CRN: 29244
     
  • ENS 392.01A: Sustainable Agriculture: Ideas & Techniques [ENS elective, SFS Core, GE Issues-Sustainability]
    Hybrid, T 1:00-2:15pm, Instructor: Amy McFarland, CRN: 27106
    Prerequisite: Junior standing.
     
  • ENS 392.01B: Sustainable Agriculture: Ideas & Techniques [ENS elective, SFS Core, GE Issues-Sustainability]
    Hybrid, W 1:30-2:45pm, Instructor: Amy McFarland, CRN: 30700
    Prerequisite: Junior standing.
     
  • ENS 399: Independent Readings/Research (1-3 credits) [ENS elective]
    CRNs: 25345 (1 cr), 30018 (2 cr), 30019 (3 cr);
    Any ENS faculty member may supervise ENS 399; Permit required.
    See the ENS Independent Learning Guide for information.
     
  • ENS 401.01: Environmental Problem Solving (Capstone) [ENS major: Synthesis/Application, ENS minor: Core]
    Online, TR 4:00-5:15pm, Instructor: Crystal Scott-Tunstall, CRN: 22309
    Prerequisite: ENS 201 and junior standing.
     
  • ENS 401.02: Environmental Problem Solving (Capstone) [ENS major: Synthesis/Application, ENS minor: Core]
    Hybrid, M 10:00-10:50am, Instructor: Elena Lioubimtseva, CRN: 28733
    Prerequisite: ENS 201 and junior standing.
     
  • ENS 490: Internship (1-6 credits) [ENS major: Synthesis/Application, ENS elective]
    CRNs: 21781 (1 cr), 31278 (2 cr), 31279 (3 cr), 31222 (4 cr), 31223 (5 cr), 31280 (6 cr);
    Instructor: Crystal Scott-Tunstall; Permit required.
    See the ENS Internship Guide for information.
     
  • ENS 491: Practicum (1-6 credits) [ENS major: Synthesis/Application, ENS elective]
    CRNs: 31224 (1 cr), 27887 (2 cr), 30020 (3 cr), 30885 (4 cr), 31225 (5 cr), 31226 (6 cr);
    Any ENS faculty member may supervise ENS 491; Permit required.
    See the ENS Practicum Guide for information.
  • ENS 183.01: Sustainability as a Lifestyle [1-credit elective, partial semester]
    Traditional, T 11:30-12:45pm, Instructor: Yumiko Jakobcic, CRN: 39365 
      
  • ENS 183.02: Sustainability as a Lifestyle [1-credit elective, partial semester]
    Online, W 3:00-4:15pm, Instructors: Janet Vail & Amanda Syers, CRN: 39815
      
  • ENS 201.01: Intro to Environmental & Sustainability Studies [ENS Core, SFS Core]
    Online Asynchronous, Instructor: Crystal Scott-Tunstall, CRN: 27620 
      
  • ENS 201.02: Intro to Environmental & Sustainability Studies [ENS Core, SFS Core]
    Traditional, TR 4:00-5:15pm, Instructor: Rebecca Williams, CRN: 32072 
      
  • ENS 201.03: Intro to Environmental & Sustainability Studies [ENS Core, SFS Core]
    Online, MW 10:00-10:50am, Instructor: Crystal Scott-Tunstall, CRN: 35692
        
  • ENS 201.04: Intro to Environmental & Sustainability Studies [ENS Core, SFS Core]
    Traditional, TR 11:30am-12:45pm, Instructor: Robert Larson, CRN: 36171 
      
  • ENS 222.01: Social Inquiry and West Michigan Water [see ENS substitutions list]
    Traditional, TR 1:00-2:15pm, Instructor: Amanda Buday, CRN: 39532 
      
  • ENS 242.01: Climate Change in Popular Culture [see ENS substitutions list]
    Traditional, MW 1:30-2:45pm, Instructor: Rebecca Williams, CRN 40159
      
  • ENS 300.01: Principles of Sustainability (SWS)  [ENS major: Core, ENS minor: elective]
    Hybrid, T 10:00am-11:15am, Instructor: Ramya Swayamprakash, CRN: 35695
    Prerequisite: ENS 201.
      
  • ENS 300.02: Principles of Sustainability (SWS)  [ENS major: Core, ENS minor: elective]
    Hybrid, R 10:00-11:15am, Instructor: Ramya Swayamprakash, CRN: 37115
    Prerequisite: ENS 201. 
      
  • ENS 301.01: Methods in Interdisciplinary ENS [ENS major: Core, ENS minor: elective]
    Traditional, TR 2:30-3:45pm, Instructor: Monika Moore, CRN: 38717
    Prerequisite: ENS 201 or permission of the Instructor. 
      
  • ENS 301.02: Methods in Interdisciplinary ENS [ENS major: Core, ENS minor: elective]
    Traditional, MW 4:30-5:45pm Instructor: Monika Moore, CRN: 38718
    Prerequisite: ENS 201 or permission of the Instructor.
      
  • ENS 302.02: Environmental Justice [see ENS substitutions list]
    Traditional, MW 3:00-4:15pm, Instructor: Kelly Parker, CRN: 38677
    Prerequisite: Junior standing 
     
  • ENS 305.01: Sustainability Assessment & Reporting [ENS major: Technical, ENS minor: elective]
    Online, W 6:00-7:30pm, Instructor: Renae Hesselink, CRN: 36097
    Prerequisite: ENS 201.
                          
  • ENS 392.01: Sustainable Agriculture: Ideas & Techniques [ENS elective, SFS Core, GE Issues-Sustainability]
    Online, Instructor: Amy McFarland, CRN: 38329
    Prerequisite: Junior standing.
      
  • ENS 399: Independent Readings/Research (1-3 credits) [ENS elective]
    CRNs: 34123 (1 cr), 37451 (2 cr), 37453 (3 cr);
    Instructor: Amy McFarland; Permit required.
    See the ENS Independent Learning Guide for information.
      
  • ENS 401.01: Environmental Problem Solving (Capstone) [ENS major: Synthesis/Application, ENS minor: Core]
    Online, MW 12:00-12:50pm, Instructor: Crystal Scott-Tunstall, CRN: 26966
    Prerequisite: ENS 201 and junior standing. 
      
  • ENS 401.02: Environmental Problem Solving (Capstone) [ENS major: Synthesis/Application, ENS minor: Core]
    Traditional, TR 4:00-5:15pm, Instructor: Kelly Parker, CRN: 35696
    Prerequisite: ENS 201 and junior standing.
      
  • ENS 412.01: Global Climate and Environmental Change [ENS elective, GE Issues-Sustainability]
    Online, R 10:00-11:15am, Instructor: Elena Lioubimtseva, CRN: 30950
    Prerequisite: ENS 201 or GPY 100 or 1 course from Foundations- Natural Sciences and junior standing.
      
  • ENS 490: Internship (1-6 credits) [ENS major: Synthesis/Application, ENS elective]
    CRNs: 30947 (1 cr), 30945 (2 cr), 30946 (3 cr), 38678 (4 cr), 38679 (5 cr), 38328 (6 cr);
    Instructor: Crystal Scott-Tunstall; Permit required.
    See the ENS Internship Guide for information. 
      
  • ENS 491: Practicum (1-6 credits) [ENS major: Synthesis/Application, ENS elective]
    CRNs: 38680 (1 cr), 35986 (2 cr), 37454 (3 cr), 38327 (4 cr), 38681 (5 cr), 38682 (6 cr);
    Instructor: Amy McFarland; Permit required.
    See the ENS Practicum Guide for information.

Curriculum Guides

The curriculum guides for the ENS majorminor, and Sustainable Food Systems Certificate will be helpful as you're planning out your schedules. If you're looking for course descriptions, head to the online catalog.

In addition to courses referenced on the curriculum guides, there are many classes approved as substitutes that satisfy requirements for the ENS major or minor. Check out this chart and list for a summary of approved ENS substitutions. Consult with an advisor to confirm substitution requests and for assistance in reflecting the approval on your record in MyPath.

Don't forget about the Advising Resources page, which is packed with useful information!


Important Change for ENS Majors

Starting Fall 2022, students pursuing an ENS major should register for ENS 301 Methods for Interdisciplinary Environmental/Sustainability Studies in place of INT 301 Interdisciplinary Research Methods. The ENS Major Overview indicates this revised Core Course requirement.

What does this mean for you?

"I took INT 301 before Fall 2022 and received a passing grade."

  • You have satisfied the Core Course methods requirement for the ENS major through INT 301. You do not need to take ENS 301 too. However, you're welcome to enroll in ENS 301, whether for the additional knowledge or to fulfill the B.S. degree's additional methods/research course requirement, which is usually satisfied by AHS 301, GPY 307, GPY 370, HST 290, PLS 300, or PSY 300. If you'd like to use ENS 301 for this purpose, connect with an ENS advisor or the Brooks College Advising Center, and they'll assist in communicating this substitution to the Records Office.

"I haven't taken INT 301."

  • Plan to register for ENS 301 (not INT 301), even if MyPath is directing you to take INT 301. This will get corrected and your record updated to reflect ENS 301 as satisfying the Core Course methods requirement for the ENS major. You do not need to take INT 301 for the ENS major. However, if you're interested in using INT 301 to fulfill the B.S. degree's additional methods/research course requirement, which is usually satisfied by AHS 301, GPY 307, GPY 370, HST 290, PLS 300, or PSY 300, connect with an ENS advisor or the Brooks College Advising Center, and they'll assist in communicating this substitution to the Records Office.

"I'm pursuing an ENS minor, not a major."

  • You're not required to take INT 301 or ENS 301 to earn a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. However, as noted on the ENS minor curriculum guide, ENS 301 is an option for you to satisfy an additional upper-level elective requirement. Even if ENS 301 is not showing up in your MyPath as an option, we can assist in communicating this approval to the Records Office. Connect with an ENS advisor or the Brooks College Advising Center.

If you'd like further clarification on the new ENS 301 class replacing INT 301 as a Core Course for the ENS major, reach out to your ENS advisor or the Brooks College Advising Center ([email protected]).


INTERNSHIPS & PRACTICUMS

ENS majors are required to complete two credits of either ENS 490 Internship or ENS 491 Practicum. While it’s not required for students earning the ENS minor, ENS 490 and ENS 491 are still available to minors and fulfill an upper-level elective requirement. 

Completing an internship or practicum experience NOT for credit is an option. However, if ENS students intend to earn credit for their participation, they must complete the Internship Agreement or Practicum Proposal form and enroll in either ENS 490 or ENS 491 prior to starting the experience. For information about the requirements and opportunities related to internships and practicums, refer to the Internship Guide and Practicum Guide.

The ENS Internship Coordinator is Prof. Crystal Scott-Tunstall. Students may reach out to Prof. Scott-Tunstall at [email protected] or (616) 331-8234. Practicums, on the other hand, may be supervised by any ENS-affiliated faculty member. For guidance or general questions related to practicums, contact ENS Director, Dr. Amy McFarland, at [email protected] or (616) 331-8156.



Page last modified June 22, 2023