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Grand Valley Academics

Grand Valley State University requires a minimum of 120 semester hours to graduate with a bachelor's degree. Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal. Around 67% of students who started college at Grand Valley graduate within six years. Grand Valley offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

Which Courses Are Required at Grand Valley?

Grand Valley has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate. Students do not need to fulfull a language requirement , but there is a math and science requirement. Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.

Majors at Grand Valley

When choosing a major, Grand Valley students have several choices to make. Scroll down to see a full list of majors offered at Grand Valley below. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major. Double majoring may mean taking more courses, but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to grad school.

If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, they can design their own major. Grand Valley does not require a senior project for all students.

Does Grand Valley Offer Learning Disability Services?

Grand Valley offers services for students with disabilities. Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Disability Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does Grand Valley Offer Online Classes?

Grand Valley has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does Grand Valley Give AP Credit?

Grand Valley offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does Grand Valley Have An Honor's Program?

Grand Valley offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, and offers a Freshman Honors College. The Freshman Honors college provides a rich curriculum for highly-motivated first-year students.

Does Grand Valley Require Internships?

Grand Valley does not require an internship for all students Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.

Grand Valley Majors & Subject Areas

Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Environmental Studies
Russian Studies
Chinese Studies
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
Women's Studies
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Radio and Television
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Education, General
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education, Other
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Educational/Instructional Technology
Special Education and Teaching, General
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Art Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Computer Teacher Education
Engineering, General
Computer Engineering, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
German Language and Literature
French Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
English Language and Literature, General
Writing, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General
Biological and Physical Sciences
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Religion/Religious Studies, Other
Chemistry, General
Environmental Chemistry
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General
Psychology, General
Social Psychology
School Psychology
Applied Behavior Analysis
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Public Administration
Social Work
Social Sciences, General
Economics, General
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government, General
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Music, General
Music Pedagogy
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician
Physician Assistant
Athletic Training/Trainer
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Public Health, General
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Palliative Care Nursing
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Operations Management and Supervision
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Science
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Real Estate
History, General
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology

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