Sustainability Related Courses & Certificates

Only want to take one class with a focus on sustainability rather than a minor or major? You can still take a variety of courses within the curriculum that also count towards General Education Credit, Issues credit, or may be required within your major.

For updated information of course listings and descriptions visit the Course Catalog



Integrated Sustainability

GPY/PA 209 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning 

IDS 180 Sustainability as a Lifestyle 

SOC 280 Social Problems

ANT 340 Culture and Environment

SOC 385 Social Class Inequality

SS 384 Social Inequalities

SW 300 Pluralism in American Society

BIO 105 Environmental Science

BIO 338 Environmental Ethics

ECO 345 Environmental and Resource Economics

ECO 210 Introductory Macroeconomics

MGT 339 Business and Society

MGT 340 Business, Social Change and Ethics

GPY412 Global Environmental Change


Certificates

ENVIRONMENTAL AND REMOTE SENSING CERTIFICATE

The environmental remote sensing certificate provides cutting-edge skills in remote sensing science, digital image processing, and big data visualization. Emphasis is placed on applications of remote sensing technology in environmental planning, sustainable development, climate change adaption, urban resiliency planning, and natural resource management. 

Program description

GREEN CHEMISTRY CERTIFICATE

This certificate can be completed in one calendar year, if all prerequisites were completed previously. To view requirements for and career opportunities with a Green Chemistry Certificate.. For questions regarding Green Chemistry certificates, contact Dalila Kovacs at kovacsd@gvsu.edu.

Program Description

SUSTAINABLE URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING CERTIFICATE

The Department of Geography and Sustainable Planning offers a certificate in sustainable urban and regional planning. Students learn the best practices, strategies and techniques required for sustainable urban and regional development, smart and green infrastructure, and sustainable integration of social, environmental, and economic priorities in planning. 

Anyone admitted to GVSU as a degree-seeking student may complete this certificate.

Program Description

UNDERGRADUATE SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS CERTIFICATE

Strong local food systems are essential for healthy local communities. Students preparing for careers in local food enterprises, health care, sustainability, education, business, social work, non-profit administration and many other fields will benefit from the skills and experience necessary to address the role of food in community life.

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GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) AND TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATE

The geographic information science (GIS) and technology certificate allows you to map, model, query, and analyze large quantities of data according to location. This technology benefits organizations in almost every industry. There is growing interest in the economic, environmental, and strategic planning value of GIS.

Program Description

Note: Some of the certificates allow only degree-seeking students to complete them, while some allow non-degree seekers. For more information on such requirements and courses, visit each certificate's program description and the GVSU Catalog.



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