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Sustainable Food Systems

Undergraduate 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.


Anyone admitted to GVSU as a degree-seeking student may earn this certificate. To complete the certificate, students must select a total of at least 15 credits from a list of required and elective courses. Students may pursue the certificate in sustainable food systems concurrently with any major or minor. The sustainable food systems curriculum covers:

  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Human health
  • International food and culture
  • Environmental change
  • Nutrition
  • Soil science

Career Options

The sustainable food systems certificate is valuable preparation for many kinds of career, including those in:

  • Sustainable agriculture and food systems
  • Environmental education, communications, and media
  • Health and wellness
  • Sustainable community development
  • Land-use planning

Why Study Sustainable Food Systems at Grand Valley?

  • A deep understanding of sustainable food systems and the effects on society and the environment
  • Practical gardening, recycling and composting skills
  • Hands-on experience at the GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project's Luce St. farm site
  • Broad interdisciplinary understanding of and integration of multiple perspectives on food systems, food justice, environmental stewardship, nutrition, and community
  • An understanding of food needs of different communities
  • The ability to take action that supports local food production and environmental stewardship for the next generation

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