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Behavioral Neuroscience

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)

Behavioral Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary area that studies the interactions between the nervous system and behavior, the development and function of the nervous system, and their application to the treatment of disorders.

Program Overview

The major is administered by psychology department. Students may earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor or Arts (B.A.) degree in Behavioral Neuroscience. The B.S. requires students to take the degree requirement sequence from the psychology department. The B.A. requires third semester proficiency in a foreign language.


The study of behavioral neuroscience covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Animal behavior
  • Chemistry
  • Child development
  • Genetics
  • Neuroscience and behavior
  • Physics
  • Psychopathology

Career Options

Graduates with training in behavioral neuroscience have worked for colleges and universities, research institutes, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and government agencies. Students with a Behavioral Neuroscience degree may also pursue graduate study in neuroscience, neuropsychology, or related fields, or professional degrees in health-related fields.

Why Study Behavioral Neuroscience at Grand Valley?

Grand Valley's behavioral neuroscience faculty has diverse interests and training that cover the field of neuroscience with both breadth and depth, so we are able to offer a wide range of courses, as well as research and field placement opportunities in the curriculum. Grand Valley also offers:

  • High-quality, student-focused education in the field of behavioral neuroscience.
  • Opportunity for advanced undergraduate psychology students to work closely with a faculty member on a research project or field placement.
  • An atmosphere of inquiry, integrity, engagement, community, curiosity, and creativity among students, staff and faculty.
  • Study abroad opportunities in 25 countries.

For More Information

Department of Psychology


“The most rewarding aspect of teaching at Grand Valley is definitely the students. They appreciate what they learn at GVSU. Also when I receive feedback from the students and they say that the class was difficult but they enjoyed it and learned a lot, I know I am doing my job well.”


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