Environmental Studies

  • Minor

The environmental studies minor provides an academic framework within which students consider the multiple facets of environmental issues.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

Students engage in the exploration of the multiple ways by which human society influences, and is influenced by, its natural environment. Finding effective and practical solutions to our environmental problems requires an understanding of their scientific, socio-economic, political, and ethical dimensions.


The curriculum in the environmental studies minor covers such topics as:

  • Environmental problem solving
  • Food and agriculture
  • Global climate change
  • Green technology
  • Land-use and landcover changes
  • Sustainability

Career Options

As environmental concerns and awareness grow into all fields and aspects of life, environmental studies applies to any major or career. Some areas it applies to include:

  • Alternative and renewable energy
  • Communications, media, and awareness
  • Environmental education
  • Environmental policy
  • Land-use planning
  • Natural resources management
  • Research and development
  • Sustainable development

Why Study Environmental Studies at Grand Valley?

  • The minor offers a flexible environmental education curriculum that is compatible with any major.
  • There is a focus on environmental problem solving skills and finding sustainable solutions.
  • The program offers a sense of community by providing students and faculty with opportunities to get involved on campus, in the local community, at the regional, state, national, and global level.

For More Information

Environmental Studies Program
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The environmental studies program provided me with the tools and knowledge to articulate my ideas and passion through a process of interdisciplinary learning, critical thinking, and active participation. Through active participation with my community I have gained valuable experience, created new relationships, and made connections that will allow me to practice environmental and social justice in hopes of making a difference in the quality of life for my family and my community.


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