Data Science and Psychology, BS

The psychology and data science combined major offers an integrative curriculum in the study of mind, brain, and behavior and in the collection, manipulation, storage, retrieval, and computational analysis of data in its various forms, including numeric, textual, image, and video data from small to large volumes. The study of psychology draws upon empirical research with both humans and animals to investigate and seek explanations for the behavior and mental life of individuals and develop assessment tools and treatment options for addressing clinical problems. In this program, students have an opportunity to augment such knowledge with skills in big data analysis, data science, and data analytics.

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
or PSYC 1000 Psychology at Northeastern
CS 1210Professional Development for Khoury Co-op1
or EESC 2000 Professional Development for Co-op
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
DS 4900Data Science Senior Project4
Supporting Course for Data Science
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Khoury Elective
With advisor approval, directed study, research, project study, and appropriate graduate-level courses may also be taken as upper-division electives.
Complete four credits of CS, CY, DS, or IS classes that are not already required. Choose courses within the following ranges: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

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

Psychology Requirements

Foundations of Psychology
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
Statistics in Psychological Research
PSYC 2320Statistics in Psychological Research4
Mathematics Foundations
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
Personality/Social Basis of Behavior
Complete two of the following:8
Personality
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Cognitive/Biological Basis of Behavior
Complete two of the following:8
Learning and Motivation
Learning Principles and Behavior Analysis
Sensation and Perception
Biological Psychology
Psychology of Language
Cognition
Psychology Laboratory
Complete one of the following:4
Laboratory in Research Design
Laboratory in Biological Psychology
Laboratory in Psycholinguistics
Laboratory in Cognition
Laboratory in Social Psychology
Laboratory in Personality
Laboratory in Sensation and Perception
Laboratory in Affective Science
Laboratory in Life-Span Emotional Development
Laboratory in Developmental Psychology
Psychology Seminar
Complete one of the following:4
Seminar in Behavioral Modification
Seminar in Biological Psychology
Seminar in Psycholinguistics
Seminar in Cognition
Seminar in Personality
Seminar in Social Psychology
Seminar in Clinical Psychology
Seminar in Sensation and Perception
Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience
Seminar in Developmental Psychology
Seminar in Social and Affective Neuroscience
Psychology Electives
Complete two of the following:8
PSYC 2370 to PSYC 5999

Integrative Requirement

Integrative Course
Complete one of the following:4
Quantitative Topics in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience
Human Computer Interaction

Required General Electives

Complete 28 credits of general electives.28

Khoury College GPA Requirement

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

Psychology GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all PSYC courses

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
5PSYC 23204  
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5Personality/social basis of behavior 14  
PSYC 11014General elective4  
ENGW 11114   
 19 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004DS 30004VacationCo-op
MATH 13414CS 12101  
Cognitive/bological basis of behavior 14Cognitive/biological basis of behavior 24  
General elective4Personality/social basis of behavior 24  
 General elective4  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opDS 42004General elective4Co-op
 CS 32004PSYC elective4 
 PSYC laboratory 4  
 THTR 11701  
 General elective4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opDS 43004ENGW 33024Co-op
 DS 44004PSYC elective4 
 General elective4  
 PSYC seminar4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opDS 49004  
 Integrative requirement4  
 Khoury 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 35004General elective4
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5PSYC 23204General elective4General elective4
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5Personality/social basis of behavior 14  
PSYC 11014General elective4  
ENGW 11114   
 19 17 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 32004CS 12101PSYC elective4Co-op
DS 30004DS 42004General elective4 
Cognitive/biological basis of behavior 14Personality/social basis of behavior 24  
MATH 13414Cognitive/biological basis of behavior 24  
 General elective4  
 16 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opDS 43004PSYC elective4Co-op
 DS 44004ENGW 33024 
 PSYC laboratory 4  
 THTR 11701  
 General elective4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opDS 49004  
 Khoury elective4  
 PSYC seminar 4  
 Integrative requirement 4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 134