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  Nov 17, 2017
 
2013-2014 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Certificate in Green Chemistry - Program Description


Coordinator: Kovacs.

A certificate in green chemistry will be a strong curricular addition to the degrees offered at GVSU.  This 13-14 credit hour certificate in green chemistry provides students at Grand Valley State University with a foundational knowledge of green, benign chemistry and its principles. This certificate can be completed in one calendar year, if all prerequisites were completed previously.

Career Opportunities

A certificate in green chemistry provides a major advantage to an applicant on the job market in the area of chemistry and environmental sciences. Entry-level positions in the field, such as chemical analysis, testing, quality control, and technical service are expected to list knowledge of green chemistry as desired (Cue Berkely, Pfizer, 2007) in job postings in the near future, as the industry recognizes its social responsibilities. The green job market involves a focus on environmentally responsible production. ‘Green’ companies are seeking employees with knowledge of the green chemistry principles and understanding of green chemical design. Hiring a person with green chemistry certification will bring in-house expertise and life-cycle thinking, two main components currently lacking from the training in the future workforce. The certificate will also augment career opportunities in public, private, and nonprofit organizations and agencies interested in environmental issues and in the promotion of sustainability.

A certificate in green chemistry is neither a major nor a minor; it can/should be used as a focus investigation area of chemistry, environmental sciences, engineering, environmental studies, or sustainability.

The following program is available:

Certificate in Green Chemistry