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Behavioral Neuroscience, 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 how the information applies to everyday behavior and the treatment of disorders.

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Students are admitted directly into this program.

Program Overview

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

Why Study Behavioral Neuroscience at Grand Valley?

  • Faculty members have diverse interests and training that covers the field of neuroscience with breadth and depth, so a wide range of courses are available, as well as research opportunities.
  • Students can expect a high-quality, student-focused education in the field of behavioral neuroscience.
  • Undergraduate behavioral neuroscience students have opportunities to work closely with a faculty member on a research project.
  • Students are immersed in an atmosphere of inquiry, integrity, engagement, community, curiosity, and creativity among faculty and staff.
  • Learning opportunities are available through study abroad in 25 countries.

Career Insights

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Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at the Grand Valley Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


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

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

Department of Psychology
2224 Au Sable Hall
(616) 331-2195

Admissions and Recruitment Office


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