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

Biopsychology is a discipline within psychology that studies the interactions between biology and behavior. Biopsychology is sometimes referred to as behavioral neuroscience, psychobiology, or behavioral biology.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

Students may earn either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in biopsychology. The B.A. requires third-semester proficiency in a foreign language. The B.S. requires students to take the degree cognate sequence from the psychology department.


The study of biopsychology covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Animal behavior
  • Biological chemistry
  • Comparative vertebrate anatomy
  • Genetics
  • Learning
  • Physiological psychology
  • Research methods in psychology
  • Theories of personality

Career Options

Traditionally, psychologists with graduate training and experience in biopsychology have worked for colleges and universities, research institutes, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies. Biopsychologists with graduate training in clinical psychology are frequently employed in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practices.

Why Study Biopsychology 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
(616) 331-2195
Admissions Office

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