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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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Program Overview

The Department of Psychology offers a psychology major and minor.

Why Study Psychology at Grand Valley?

Grand Valley's psychology faculty have diverse interests and training that cover the field of psychology 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 psychology.
  • Opportunity for advanced undergraduate psychology students to work closely with a faculty member on a research project.
  • An atmosphere of inquiry, integrity, engagement, community, curiosity, and creativity among students, staff and faculty.
  • Study abroad opportunities.

Location & Format

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



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

Career Options

Graduates find jobs in varied settings, including business, industry, and human services.

Many of our graduates pursue graduate studies in a wide variety of disciplines, including psychology, medicine, law, social work, business, library science, human resource management, and nonprofit administration.

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

For More Information

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

Admissions Office


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