Summer Experience

Environmental Studies and Sustainable Food Systems


Spring - Summer 2018

Get your hands dirty this summer by participating in Grand Valley’s Environmental Studies and Sustainable Food Systems Summer Experience. Whether you take courses toward the Environmental Studies Minor, the Sustainable Food Systems Certificate, or to fulfill Grand Valley General Education requirements, you’ll dig in with like-minded students and faculty members for a unique hands-on summer experience. Study the environment, food systems, and sustainability, live in apartment-style campus housing if you choose, and get on-site instruction at the Sustainable Agriculture Project, all on Grand Valley’s environmentally diverse and naturally beautiful Allendale Campus.

Eligibility

Students of any major from GVSU are encouraged to register and experience what an Environmental Studies class has to offer. Students who are enrolled at another institution and would like to take a class at Grand Valley should complete a Guest Application and submit it to their school's registrar's office. Grand Valley students should return their completed summer application to the GVSU Registrar's Office. For more information, please see these Guidelines for Spring/Summer Registration, and contact the Registrar's Office at regdept@gvsu.edu or 616/331-3327. The Sustainable Food Systems Certificate, which has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission, is open to anyone admitted to GVSU as a degree-seeking student. 

The GVSU Allendale Campus

On Campus:

  • The Sustainable Agriculture Project: A small working farm that includes two hoop houses
  • Lake Ontario Hall: LEED-certified building containing classrooms and more
  • Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center and South E Apartments: Classrooms, student living space, and more

Nearby:

  • The Grand River and its distinctive ravine system 
  • The City of Grand Rapids, a United Nations University regional center of expertise for education in Sustainable Development
  • Lake Michigan shoreline and dunes

Housing:

  • Optional on-campus, apartment-style housing is available in the South E Apartments. See here for information on Spring-Summer housing. The housing application is available in myBanner.
  • Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as assignments are made in order of application date. Students may opt for a 6-Week Spring Contract, 6-Week Summer Contract, or 12-Week Spring/Summer Contract.
  • For housing-related questions, contact myhousing@gvsu.edu.

2018 Registration Information

Registration for Spring-Summer courses begins in mid-March, as well as registration for fall 2018 and winter 2019 semesters. See the detailed 2018-19 registration schedule here.

Spring six-week courses run May 7 - June 20

Summer six-week courses run June 25 - August 7

Spring/Summer 12-week courses run May 7 - August 7

See the Environmental Studies Minor and Sustainable Food Systems Certificate worksheets for an overview of requirements that these courses fulfill. Courses are taught on the Allendale campus unless otherwise noted. 

Courses

SPRING 6-WEEK COURSES (MAY 7 - JUNE 20)

  • ENS 201: Introduction to Environmental Studies [ENS core, SFS core]
    Sec. 01, MW 12:00-3:20pm, Instructor: Kelly Parker, Banner CRN: 38745
    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor
     
  • ENS/PLS 303: Intro to U.S. Environmental Policy [ENS Pol-Econ, Gen Ed: Issues-Sustainability]
    Sec. 01, Online, Instructor: Laura Schneider, Banner CRN: 38840
    Prerequisite: Junior standing
     
  • ENS 380/GPY 381: Cultural Geographies of Netherlands [ENS elective]
    Arranged (Study Abroad Netherlands), Instructor: Jeroen Wagendorp, Banner CRN: 38042
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • ENS 399: Readings in Environmental Studies [ENS elective]
    Instructor: Kelly Parker (variable credits). Prerequisite: Permission of the director
     
  • ENS 490: Internship [ENS elective]
    See the ENS Internship Guide for information. Prerequisite: Permission of the director
     
  • BIO 105: Environmental Science [ENS Physical & Life Sciences]
    Sec. 01, MW 2:00-5:20pm, Instructor: TBA, Banner CRN: 33410
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • BIO 215: General Ecology  [ENS Physical & Life Sciences]
    Sec. 10, MW 8:30-11:50am, Instructor: TBA, Banner CRN: 37069
    Prerequisite: BIO 120 or 121
     
  • BIO 215: General Ecology  [ENS Physical & Life Sciences]
    Sec. 901, TR 8:30-11:50am, Instructor: TBA, Banner CRN: 37070
    Prerequisite: BIO 120 or 121
     
  • BMS 105: Basic Nutrition [SFS Food & Nutrition]
    Sec. 01, MW 8:30-11:50am, Instructor: TBA, Banner CRN: 38689
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • BMS 105: Basic Nutrition [SFS Food & Nutrition]
    Sec. 03, TR 5:00-8:20pm, Instructor: TBA, Banner CRN: 38069
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • GEO 100: Environmental Geology [ENS Physical & Life Sciences]
    Sec. 01, MW 9:00-11:50am, Instructor: Stephen Mattox, Banner CRN: 32641
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • GPY 100: Physical and Environmental Geography [ENS Physical & Life Sciences]
    Sec. 01, Online, Instructor: Elena Lioubimtseva, Banner CRN: 36394
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • GPY 100: Physical and Environmental Geography [ENS Physical & Life Sciences]
    Sec. 02, Online, Instructor: Elena Lioubimtseva, Banner CRN: 37313
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • HTM 175: International Food and Culture [ENS Political & Economic; SFS Food & Nutrition]
    Sec. 01, Online, Instructor: Allison Adams Bousson, Banner CRN: 30724
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • HTM 175: International Food and Culture [ENS Political & Economic; SFS Food & Nutrition]
    Sec. 02, Online, Instructor: Lisa Sisson, Banner CRN: 37325
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • PA/GPY 307: Local Politics and Administration [ENS Political & Economic]
    Sec. 01, MW 6:00-9:20pm Grand Rapids, Instructor: Richard Jelier, Banner CRN: 31390
    Prerequisite: None
     

SUMMER 6-WEEK COURSES (JUNE 25 - AUGUST 7)

  • ENS 399: Readings in Environmental Studies [ENS elective]
    Instructor: Kelly Parker (variable credits). Prerequisite: Permission of the director
     
  • ENS 490: Internship [ENS elective]
    See the ENS Internship Guide for information. Prerequisite: Permission of the director
     
  • BIO 105: Environmental Science  [ENS Physical & Life Sciences]
    Sec. 02, MW 8:30-11:50am, Instructor: TBA, Banner CRN: 37347
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • GEO 105: Living with the Great Lakes  [ENS Physical & Life Sciences]
    Sec. 01, TR 12:00-3:20pm, Instructor: Ryan Vannier, Banner CRN: 33263
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • PA 360: Volunteerism and the Nonprofit Sector [ENS Political & Economic]
    Sec. 01, MW 12:00-3:20pm, Instructor: Michael Moody, Banner CRN: 38022
    Prerequisite: None
     

SPRING-SUMMER 12-WEEK COURSES (MAY 7 - AUGUST 7)

  • ENS 399: Readings in Environmental Studies [ENS elective]
    Instructor: Kelly Parker (variable credits). Prerequisite: Permission of the director
     
  • ENS 490: Internship [ENS elective]
    See the ENS Internship Guide for information. Prerequisite: Permission of the director
     
  • BMS 105: Basic Nutrition [SFS Food & Nutrition]
    Sec. 02, TR 12:00-3:20pm, Instructor: TBA, Banner CRN: 37734
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • GEO 111: Exploring the Earth [ENS Physical & Life Sciences]
    Sec. 01, MTWR 12:00-3:20pm, Instructor: John VanRegenmorter. Banner CRN: 33264
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • HTM 175: International Food and Culture  [ENS Political-Economic, SFS Food & Nutrition]
    Sec. 01, Online, Instructor: Charles Baker Clark, Banner CRN: 37325
    Prerequisite: None
     
  • SW 150: Human Needs on Complex Societies [ENS Social & Cultural]
    Sec. 01, Online, Instructor: Melissa Villarreal, Banner CRN: 38819
    Prerequisite: None


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