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Grand Valley State University    
  Mar 23, 2018
2016-2017 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience

Behavioral neuroscience is an interdisciplinary area of study where the area of interest is the relationship between physiological and psychological systems. This major is administered by the department of psychology, and offers students who are interested in issues in the emerging field of neuroscience and behavior.  Study focuses on the neural mechanisms of behavior and cognition, evolutionary development of the nervous system, and mechanisms of nervous system and their application to the treatment of disorders.

The Behavioral Neuroscience major prepares students for graduate study in neuroscience, neuropsychology, or related fields, and for careers requiring a solid foundation in science.  Many students with a Behavioral Neuroscience degree may also pursue professional degrees in health related fields such as clinical psychology.

**Students wishing to pursue graduate or professional studies are strongly advised to speak with their major advisor regarding additional courses in which to enroll.

** Pre-Med students are also strongly advised to speak with their major advisor regarding additional courses in which to enroll.

Requirements for a major in Behavioral Neuroscience

Students majoring in behavioral neuroscience are required to take 50-58 credit hours.


Choose one of the following:

Additional Course Requirements

Two additional courses must be taken from the following.  Each course must be taken from a different department.

B.A. or B.S degree

Students may earn either a B.A. or B.S degree.


B.A. degree requirements:

Third semester proficiency in a foreign language


B.S. degree requirements:

Suggested Pattern of Course Work

This pattern of course work is suggested for those who wish to pursue a B.S. degree.


Fall Semester - Year One

PSY 101: Introductory Psychology

BIO 120: General Biology I

MTH 110

Gen Ed Course


Winter Semester - Year One

STA 215: Introductory Applied Statistics (BS Degree Requirement)

WRT 150: Strategies in Writing

CHM 109: Introductory Chemistry or CHM 115: Principles of Chemistry I

Gen Ed Course


Fall Semester - Year Two

PSY 300: Research Methods in Psychology

PSY 330: Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience

BMS 250: Anatomy and Physiology I

CHM 116: Principles of Chemistry II (only if CHM 115 was completed)

Gen Ed Course


Winter Semester - Year Two

BIO 352: Animal Behavior

BIO 355: Human Genetics (students should take this course only if they do not plan on taking BIO 375)

Theme Course

Gen Ed Course


Fall Semester - Year Three

PSY 430: Advanced Neuroscience and Behavior

BIO 375: Genetics (Students who have taken BIO 355 should not take this course)

BIO 376: Genetics Laboratory

Additional Major Course

Gen Ed Course


Winter Semester - Year Three

PSY 375 or PSY 431 or PSY 432

Additional Major Course

Issues Course



Fall Semester - Year Four

PSY 400: Advanced Research Methods in Psychology

Issues Course





Winter Semester - Year Four

PSY 492: Advanced General (Capstone)




Psychology Program Description

Psychology Program Description