Behavioral Neuroscience

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M. Jade Zee, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor and Program Director

Jennifer Ingemi, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor and Assistant Director

203 Mugar Life Sciences Building
bns@northeastern.edu
617.373.2852

The behavioral neuroscience major is an interdepartmental program for undergraduates, supported by neuroscience faculty across the College of Science. The field of neuroscience focuses on brain mechanisms and how they give rise to behavioral functions in humans and animals. Behavioral neuroscience combines the disciplines of biology and psychology with a strong background in basic physical sciences and mathematics. The goal is to achieve an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of nerve cells, chemical transmission, neural circuits, fundamental biological processes such as inheritance and development, and then to see how these biological events give rise to normal and pathological behavior. The primary objective of the neuroscience major is to draw together faculty and students who are interested in this interdisciplinary topic and to provide undergraduates with an education in the field. This major also seeks to prepare students for advancement to graduate programs in the field of neuroscience or in biology or psychology programs with an emphasis in neurobiology. An additional objective of this major is to prepare its students for admission to medical school or other health profession programs. Finally, the goal of the curriculum is to prepare students for employment in clinical settings or in allied fields such as the biotech industry.

Behavioral Neuroscience Minor

The behavioral neuroscience minor consists of five courses requiring a minimum of 20 semester hours of study. Students are required to take one intermediate-level survey course and four behavioral neuroscience core courses, two from each of the parent departments of the discipline (i.e., psychology and biology). All students regardless of their major, including those majoring in psychology and biology, may minor in behavioral neuroscience.

Behavioral Neuroscience Courses

BNSC 1000. Behavioral Neuroscience at Northeastern. 1 Hour.

Introduces first-year and new transfer students to the major and the field of behavioral neuroscience and to the professional and academic resources available to students at Northeastern University. Acquaints students with their faculty, advisors, and fellow students; provides an initial orientation to undergraduate research, cooperative education, study abroad, and other experiential learning options; familiarizes students with academic support resources and leadership opportunities; provides grounding in the culture and values of the university community —in short, familiarizes students with all skills needed to become a successful university student.

BNSC 1990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. May be repeated without limit.

BNSC 2990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. May be repeated without limit.

BNSC 3990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. May be repeated without limit.

BNSC 4950. Seminar. 1-4 Hours.

Offers an in-depth study of selected topics.

BNSC 4970. Junior/Senior Honors Project 1. 4 Hours.

Focuses on in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Combined with Junior/Senior Project 2 or college-defined equivalent for 8-credit honors project. May be repeated without limit.

BNSC 4971. Junior/Senior Honors Project 2. 4 Hours.

Focuses on second semester of in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Requires a 3.500 GPA. May be repeated without limit.

BNSC 4990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. May be repeated without limit.

BNSC 4991. Research. 4 Hours.

Offers an opportunity to conduct research under faculty supervision.

BNSC 4993. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. May be repeated without limit.

BNSC 4994. Internship. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity for internship work. May be repeated without limit.