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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Dean: Drake
Associate Dean: Anderson
Associate Dean: McBane
Associate Dean: Tunstall
Assistant Dean: Schaner
Assistant Dean: McCloud



Through our commitment to liberal education, CLAS strives to be an inclusive and equitable community of inquiry where students, staff, and faculty collaborate to pursue and create knowledge, to enact global citizenship, and to engage and support our many communities.

Program Information

Created in July 2004, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest of Grand Valley's colleges and offers more than 50 bachelor's degrees (and a growing number of advanced degrees) in the natural and mathematical sciences, the humanities, the fine and performing arts, and the social sciences.

All Grand Valley undergraduates build the foundation for their major studies in general education courses offered by our college.

Advertising and Public Relations
Advertising and Public Relations, B.A., B.S.
Advertising (emphasis)
Public Relations (emphasis)
Advertising and Public Relations (minor)
Combined Advertising and Public Administration, B.A., B.S. and Master of Communication, M.S.

Annis Water Resources Institute
(See Biology, M.S.,
Aquatic Sciences)

Aging and Adult Life
Aging and Adult Life (minor)

Anthropology, B.A., B.S.
Anthropology (minor)
Applied Anthropology, Certificate

Applied Linguistics
Applied Linguistics (minor)
General (minor emphasis)
ESL (minor emphasis)

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Graduate Certificate

Arabic (minor)

Archaeology (minor)

Athletic Training
Athletic Training, M.A.T.

Behavioral Neuroscience
Behavioral Neuroscience, B.A., B.S.

Biochemistry, B.S.

Biology, B.A., B.S.
Biomolecular Processes
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (emphasis)
Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, B.S.
General Biology (emphasis)
Preveterinary Medicine (emphasis)
Secondary Education (emphasis)
Wildlife Biology, B.S.
Biology, M.S.
Aquatic Sciences (M.S. emphasis)
Natural Resources (M.S. emphasis)
Biology (minor)
Biology Secondary Education (minor)

Water Resource Policy, M.S.

Biomedical Sciences
Biomedical Sciences, B.S.
Microbiology B.S,
Combined Biomedical Sciences, B.S. and Master of Health Science, (M.H.S.)
Biomedical Sciences, M.H.S.

Biostatistics, M.S.

Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell and Molecular Biology, B.S.
Cell and Molecular Biology, M.S.
Biotechnology (M.S. emphasis)
Research (M.S. emphasis)
Combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology
Bioinformatics and Genomics (undergraduate certificate)
Bioinformatics and Genomics (graduate certificate)

Chemistry, B.S.
Secondary Education (emphasis)
Chemistry (minor)
Chemistry Secondary Education (minor)
Green Chemistry (certificate)

Chinese Language (minor)

Classics, B.A.
Classical Languages (emphasis)
Classical Studies (emphasis
Latin Secondary Education (emphasis)

Communication Studies
Communication Studies, B.A., B.S.
Communications, M.S.
Combined Communication Studies, B.A., B.S. and Master of Communication, M.S.

Dance, B.A.
Dance (minor)

Earth Science
Earth Science, B.S.
Secondary Education (emphasis)
Earth Science (minor)

English, B.A.
Language and Literature (emphasis)
Secondary Education (emphasis)
English (minor)
English Secondary Education (minor)
Applied Linguistics (minor)

Exercise Science
Combined Exercise Science, B.S. and Master of Public Health, M.P.H.
Exercise Science, B.S.
Clinical Exercise Science (emphasis)
Health Fitness Instruction (emphasis)

Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, B.S.

French, B.A.
Secondary Education (emphasis)
French (minor)
French Secondary Education (minor)

Geography and Sustainable Planning
Geography, B.A., B.S.
Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation, and Resiliency Planning (emphasis)
Environment and Global Development (emphasis)
Geospatial Technology (emphasis)
Urban and Regional Planning (emphasis)
Environmental Remote Sensing (certificate)
Geographic Information Science (G.I.S.) and Technology (certificate)
Geography - Secondary Teacher Certification (minor)
Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning (minor)
Geospatial Technology (minor)
Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning (certificate)

Geology, B.S.
Environmental (emphasis)
Geology (minor)

Geology - Chemistry
Geology - Chemistry, B.S.

German, B.A.
Secondary Education (emphasis)
German (minor)
German Secondary Education (minor)

Health Communication
Health Communication, B.A., B.S.
Combined Health Communication, B.A., B.S. and Master of Communication, M.S.

Health and Physical Education
Health and Physical Education, B.S.
Health and Physical Education, B.S.(K-12)

History, B.A., B.S.
Secondary Education (emphasis)
History (minor)
History Secondary Education (minor)

History of Science
History of Science (minor)

Integrated Science
Integrated Science, B.S.
Secondary Education (emphasis)

International Relations
International Relations, B.A.
International Relations (minor)

Mathematics, B.A., B.S.
Theoretical Mathematics (emphasis)
Applied Mathematics (emphasis)
Secondary Education (emphasis)
Mathematics (minor)
Mathematics Elementary Education (minor)
Mathematics Secondary Education (minor)
Microbiology, B.S.

Multimedia Journalism, Broadcasting, and Digital Media
Journalism, Broadcasting, and Digital Media, B.A., B.S.
Combined Journalism, Broadcasting, and Digital Media, B.A., B.S. and Master of Communication, M.S.

Music, B.A.
Music, B.M.
Instrumental (emphasis)
Keyboard (emphasis)
Vocal (emphasis)
Music (minor)
Music Education, B.M.E. (K-12)
Instrumental (emphasis)
Vocal/Choral (emphasis)
Piano Pedagogy (certificate)

Natural Resources and Environmental Management
Natural Resources and Environmental Management, B.S.
Natural Resources and Environmental Management (minor)

Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Elementary Teaching, B.A., B.S.
Pre-K through 3rd Grade (emphasis)
3rd Grade through 6th Grade (emphasis)
Pre-K through 6th Grade (emphasis)
Mathematics (concentration)
Language Arts (concentration)
Social Studies (concentration)
Integrated Science (concentration)

Philosophy, B.A.
Philosophy (minor)
Health Care Ethics (minor)
STEM Ethics (minor)

Physics, B.S.
Secondary Education (emphasis)
Physics (minor)
Physics Secondary Education (minor)

Political Science
Political Science, B.A., B.S.
Legal Education Admission Program (LEAP)
Political Science (minor)
Political Science Secondary Education (minor)
Political Science and Law, B.A./J.D.
Political Science and Law, B.S./J.D.

Preprofessional Studies
Predental Studies

Prehealth Studies
Premedical Studies

Prepharmacy Studies
Preveterinary Medicine

Psychology, B.A., B.S.
Psychology (minor)
Psychology Secondary Education (minor)
Applied Behavior Analysis (certificate)

School Psychology
School Psychology, M.S. and Psy.S.

Social Studies
Social Studies (Group), B.A., B.S.

Sociology, B.A., B.S.
Sociology (minor)

Spanish, B.A.
Secondary Education (emphasis)
Spanish (minor)
Spanish Elementary Education (minor, in conjunction with a PCKET major)
Spanish Secondary Education (minor)

Sport Management
Sport Management, B.S.
Sport Coaching (certificate)

Statistics, B.A., B.S.
Actuarial Sciences (emphasis)
Applied Statistics (minor)
Data Science (minor)
Mathematical Statistics (minor)
Combined Statistics, B.S. and Data Science and Analytics, M.S.

Theatre, B.A., B.S.
Theatre (minor)

Wildlife Biology
Wildlife Biology, B.S.

Writing, B.A., B.S.

Visual and Media Arts
Art Education (Teacher Certification K-12) B.A., B.S.
Art History, B.A.
Art History (minor)
Studio Art, B.A., B.S.
Studio Art, B.F.A.
Ceramics (emphasis)
Graphic Design (emphasis)
Illustration (emphasis)
Jewelry/Metalsmithing (emphasis)
Painting (emphasis)
Printmaking (emphasis)
Sculpture (emphasis)
Visual Studies (emphasis)
Studio Art (minor)
Film and Video Production, B.A., B.S
Photography, B.A., B.S.
Photography (minor)

Academic Units

Biomedical Sciences
Cell and Molecular Biology
Communications, School of
Geography and Sustainable Planning
Modern Languages and Literatures
Movement Science
Music, Theatre, and Dance
Political Science
Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute
Visual and Media Arts


See individual unit or program sections for information.

Secondary Admission for Undergraduates

  • Art Education (B.A., B.S.); National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • Art History (B.A.); National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • Chemistry (B.S.); Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Film and Video Production (B.A., B.S.); National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • Music (B.A., B.M.E., B.M.); National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • Photography (B.A., B.S.); National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • Studio Art (B.A., B.F.A., B.S.); National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • Regional Math and Science Center; Michigan Department of Education (MDEC)

The following programs require audition, portfolio review, and/or prerequisites and separate application:

  • Art and design - studio art and art education
  • Dance
  • Film and video production
  • Music

Graduate Admission

See appropriate Academic Program description for information on graduate admission.

Honors Organizations

Program-specific honors programs are described under each unit's description.


There are many scholarships available for students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For a complete list and criteria to apply, visit The eligibility criteria for each scholarship can be found in the Costs and Financial Aid section of the catalog.

Community Resources

  • Autism Education Center
  • Regional Math and Science Center
  • Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute

Refer to the Community Resources section of this catalog for more information.

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