Data Science and Behavioral Neuroscience, BS

The data science and behavioral neuroscience major combines the disciplines of biology, psychology, computer science, and data science into an integrated curriculum. The human brain is a complex information processing system requiring scientists to analyze, integrate, and share large data sets garnered from multiple techniques that image and record the activity of the brain at work. Students investigate the anatomy and physiology of neural circuits that underlie brain mechanisms and pathological states that give rise to behavioral functions. Students have an opportunity to develop skills in large-scale data manipulation and storage, machine learning, data mining, and information visualization necessary to execute big brain-mapping initiatives including human neuroconnectivity maps.

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.

Data Science Requirements

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Leadership Skill Development1
CS 1210Professional Development for Khoury Co-op1
Computer Science Foundations
A grade of C– or higher is required in all computer science foundations courses except CS 1802:
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 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
Data Science Foundations
DS 3000Foundations of Data Science4
DS 4200Information Presentation and Visualization4
DS 4300Large-Scale Information Storage and Retrieval4
DS 4400Machine Learning and Data Mining 14
Supporting Course for Data Science
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Statistics Foundations
Complete one of the following:4-5
Biostatistics
and Lab for ENVR 2500
Statistics in Psychological Research

Computer Science 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
General Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
and Lab for CHEM 1161
5
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
5
Mathematics Foundations
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
or MATH 1241 Calculus 1
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 4
Complete one of the following:
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Learning and Motivation
Learning Principles and Behavior Analysis
Sensation and Perception
Behavior Therapies
Psychology of Language
Cognition
Language and the Brain
Cognitive Development
Core Courses8
Complete two of the following:
Animal Behavior
Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience
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
Neuropsychology
Clinical Neuroscience
Psychopharmacology
Behavioral Genetics

Integrative Requirements

Integrative Courses
BIOL 5603Computational Neuroscience4
or PSYC 4540 Quantitative Topics in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience
CS 4100Artificial Intelligence4
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 2000 or higher, except DS 4900
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900
BNSC 4970 or higher
BIOL 4701 or higher
PSYC 4520 or higher

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

Program Requirement

134 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
5  
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
5MATH 13414  
ENGW 11114   
 20 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004DS 30004VacationCo-op
BIOL 3405 or 55874CS 32004  
PSYC 11014CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5  
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5CS 12101  
 PSYC 23204  
 17 18 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opDS 42004General elective4Co-op
 BNS foundation4PSYC elective4 
 General elective4  
 PSYC 32004  
 THTR 11701  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opDS 43004VacationCo-op
 BIOL 56034 ENGW 3315 (online)4
 BNS foundation4  
 General elective4  
 0 16 0 4
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opDS 44004  
 CS 41004  
 Integrative advanced elective4  
 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
5  
ENGW 11114   
 20 18 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 32004CS 12101PSYC elective4Co-op
DS 30004DS 42004General elective4 
BIOL 3405 or 55874CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5  
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5BNS foundation4  
 PSYC 23204  
 17 18 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opDS 43004General elective4Co-op
 THTR 11701Integrative advanced elective4ENGW 3315 (online)4
 BNS foundation4  
 PSYC 32004  
 General elective4  
 0 17 8 4
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opDS 44004  
 BIOL 56034  
 CS 41004  
 General elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 134