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2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Grand Valley State University
   
 
    
 
  Oct 20, 2017
 
2017-2018 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.

** Premed 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 to 58 credit hours.

Chemistry


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
  • General education 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
  • General education 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)
  • General education 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)
  • General education course
  • General education course

Fall Semester - Year Three

  • PSY 435: 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
  • General education course

Winter Semester - Year Three

  • PSY 370 OR PSY 375 OR PSY 431 or PSY 432
  • Additional major course
  • Issues course
  • Elective

Fall Semester - Year Four

  • PSY 400: Advanced Research Methods in Psychology
  • Issues course
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Winter Semester - Year Four

  • PSY 492: Advanced General (Capstone)
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Psychology Program Description


Psychology Program Description