Computer Science and Behavioral Neuroscience, BS

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Behavioral Neuroscience underscores how research in neuroscience has become a computational field of study. The combined major is designed for students who are interested in applying mathematical and computational methodologies toward understanding human behavior, artificial intelligence, and the human-machine interface. Courses across multiple science disciplines—including biology, chemistry, and computer science—lay a strong foundation necessary to explore brain mechanisms and how they give rise to behavioral functions and pathological states using computational approaches. Students will have an opportunity to develop skills in software development as they apply algorithms and data structures to brain research and neurotechnology.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Computer Science Requirements

Overview
CS 1200First Year Seminar 11
CS 1210Professional Development for Khoury Co-op 21
Computer Science Foundations
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
5
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
5
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
5
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3000Algorithms and Data4
CS 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 4100Artificial Intelligence4
CS 4500Software Development4
or CS 4530 Fundamentals of Software Engineering
Supporting Course for Computer Science
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Statistics Foundation
Complete one of the following:4-5
Biostatistics
and Lab for ENVR 2500
Statistics in Psychological Research

1 Students entering through the behavioral neuroscience program may take Behavioral Neuroscience at Northeastern (BNSC 1000)

Students entering through the behavioral neuroscience program may take Professional Development for Co-op (EESC 2000)

Writing Requirements

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
or ENGW 1102 First-Year Writing for Multilingual Writers
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
Complete one of the following:4
Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions
Advanced Writing in the Sciences
Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Behavioral Neuroscience Requirements

COS Foundations
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
Foundations of Biology
and Lab for BIOL 1107
5
BIOL 2299Inquiries in Biological Sciences4
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
Genetics and Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIOL 2301
5
CHEM 1161
and CHEM 1162
and CHEM 1163
General Chemistry for Science Majors
and Lab for CHEM 1161
and Recitation for CHEM 1161
5
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
5
Mathematics Foundation
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
or MATH 1251 Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 1
Behavioral Neuroscience Foundations
BIOL 3405Neurobiology4
or BIOL 5587 Comparative Neurobiology
PT 5410
and PT 5411
Functional Human Neuroanatomy
and Lab for PT 5410
4-5
or PSYC 3200 Clinical Neuroanatomy
Psychology Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Behavior Therapies
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Learning and Motivation
Learning Principles and Behavior Analysis
Sensation and Perception
Psychology of Language
Cognition
Language and the Brain
Cognitive Development
Behavioral Neuroscience Core Courses
Complete two of the following:8
Animal Behavior
Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience
Neural Systems and Behavior
Developmental Neurobiology
Neurobiology of Cognitive Decline
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Cell and Molecular Neuroscience
Multidisciplinary Approaches in Motor Control
Neuropsychology of Fear
Behavioral Endocrinology
Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Psychopharmacology
Neuropsychology
Clinical Neuroscience
Behavioral Genetics

Integrative Requirements

Integrative Courses
IS 4300Human Computer Interaction4
or CS 4120 Natural Language Processing
or CS 4180 Reinforcement Learning
PSYC 4540Quantitative Topics in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience4
or BINF 6308 Bioinformatics Computational Methods 1
Upper-Division Elective
Complete four credits from the following list, not taken to fulfill previous requirements:4
CS 2500 or higher, except CS 5010
CY 2000 or higher, except CY 4930
DS 2500 or higher, except DS 4900
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900
BNSC 4970 or higher
BIOL 3400 or higher
Bioinformatics Computational Methods 2
PSYC 3200 or higher

Supporting Courses

Computing and Social Issues
Complete one of the following:4
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Literature and Digital Diversity
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks
Technology and Human Values
The Twenty-First-Century Workplace
Environment, Technology, and Society
Computers and Society

Required General Electives

Complete 16 credits of general electives.16

Khoury College GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS, CY, DS, and IS courses

Computer Science and Behavioral Neuroscience Major Credit Requirement

103 SH required in the major

Program Requirement

133 total semester hours required

Sample Patterns:

Five Years, Three Co-ops 

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5VacationVacation
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5BIOL 22994  
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5CHEM 1161
and CHEM 1162
and CHEM 1163
5  
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
5MATH 13414  
ENGW 11114   
 20 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004CS 30004VacationCo-op
BIOL 3405 or 55874CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5  
PSYC 11014PSYC 32004  
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5General elective4  
 CS 12101  
 17 18 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCS 32004General elective4Co-op
 CS 45004PSYC elective4 
 THTR 11701  
 Statistics requirement4  
 BNS core4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours Summer 2Hours
Co-opCS 41004 Co-op
 CS integrative course4 ENGW 3302 (online)4
 BNS core4  
 General elective4  
 0 16  4
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opUpper-division elective4  
 BNS integrative course4  
 Computing and social issues4  
 General elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 134

Four Years, Two Co-ops 

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 35004Vacation
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5MATH 13414PSYC 11014 
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5BIOL 22994  
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
5CHEM 1161
and CHEM 1162
and CHEM 1163
5  
ENGW 11114   
 20 18 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 32004CS 12101PSYC elective4Co-op
CS 30004CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5General elective4 
BIOL 3405 or 55874PSYC 32004  
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5General elective4  
 Statistics course4  
 17 18 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opTHTR 11701General elective4Co-op
 CS 45004Upper-division elective4ENGW 3302 (online)4
 BNS core4  
 CS integrative course4  
 BNS core4  
 0 17 8 4
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opCS 41004  
 Computing and social issues4  
 BNS integrative course4  
 General elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 134