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Psychology, B.A., B.S.

Psychology is the science of mind and behavior. This basic and applied science includes the study of thought, action, and emotion. Psychologists study how people influence and interact with one another, how they develop, and the role that biological mechanisms play in psychological processes.

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Students are admitted directly into this program.
Available as a minor.
Teaching minor offered.

Program Overview

The Department of Psychology offers a psychology major and minor.

Why Study Psychology at Grand Valley?

  • Faculty members have diverse interests and training that cover the field of psychology with both breadth and depth, so there are a wide range of courses available in the curriculum.
  • Offering a high quality, student-oriented education is the focus in psychology.
  • Students are immersed in an atmosphere of inquiry, integrity, engagement, community, curiosity, and creativity among peers, staff, and faculty.
  • There are opportunities for advanced undergraduate psychology students to work closely with a faculty member on research. There are also internship opportunities to work with organizations outside the university.
  • Students have many study abroad opportunities to choose from.

Career Insights

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Location & Format

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

  • Face To Face


The major permits students to select courses from across the range of topics in psychology, including:

  • Behavioral neuroscience
  • Cognition and perception
  • Development
  • Psychology and culture
  • Psychopathology
  • Research methods
  • Social psychology

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.


Hands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.

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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