Psychology

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)
  • Minor

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.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

The Department of Psychology offers a psychology major and minor.

Coursework

Depending on which path they choose, students study a variety of topics, 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 resources management, and nonprofit administration. Psychology can be a minor combined with a teachable major leading to secondary certification and the teaching of psychology at the high school level.

Why Study Psychology at Grand Valley?

Grand Valley's psychology faculty has 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 or field placement.
  • An atmosphere of inquiry, integrity, engagement, community, curiosity, and creativity among students, staff and faculty.
  • Study abroad opportunities in 25 countries.

For More Information

Department of Psychology
www.gvsu.edu/psychology
(616) 331-2195
Admissions Office
www.gvsu.edu/admissions

The faculty at Grand Valley are very helpful. Take advantage of that very early on, as it will help while you are in college and contribute to your success after college.

XANDRA XU, PH.D.
PROFESSOR, PSYCHOLOGY

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