Behavioral Neuroscience, BS

The behavioral neuroscience curriculum focuses on the biological bases underlying behavior under normal and pathological states. The program combines the disciplines of biology and psychology with a strong background in basic physical sciences and mathematics to understand how the behavior of humans and animals is controlled by physiological systems. Students gain a solid foundation in the anatomical and functional specializations of the brain and neural mechanisms from neurons to circuits to networks. Students then choose from a range of advanced electives, including those that make up the behavioral neuroscience core, to delve deeply into diverse specializations and current topics in the field.

Note: Due to overlap in course content, double majoring in behavioral neuroscience with any of the following majors is not permitted: psychology, biology, cell and molecular biology, or biochemistry. Students interested in interdisciplinary fields such as neurophilosophy, music therapy, music cognition, or the interface of neuroscience with the criminal justice system are encouraged to double major in philosophy, music, or criminal justice. Five-year, two co-op patterns of attendance exist for double majors in these complementary fields. Other combined or independent majors with behavioral neuroscience are not permitted.

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.

Behavioral Neuroscience Core Requirements

Complete six of the following courses. At least three must be numbered in the 4000–5999 range:24-25
Animal Behavior
Neurobiology
Neural Systems and Behavior
Developmental Neurobiology
Neurobiology of Cognitive Decline
Comparative Neurobiology
Cell and Molecular Neuroscience
Multidisciplinary Approaches in Motor Control
Clinical Neuroanatomy
Neuropsychology of Fear
Behavioral Endocrinology
Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Psychopharmacology
Neuropsychology
Clinical Neuroscience
Behavioral Genetics
Functional Human Neuroanatomy
and Lab for PT 5410
One course may be a research or experiential course:
Research
Internship
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Internship
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Laboratory in Affective Science
Laboratory in Life-Span Emotional Development
Directed Study Research
Internship in Psychology
Undergraduate Teaching Experience
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2

Behavioral Neuroscience Advanced Courses

Psychology Elective
An additional behavioral neuroscience core course may be used to fulfill this requirement.
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
Biology Elective
Complete one of the following:4-5
Microbiology
and Lab for BIOL 2321
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Current Topics in Biology
Mammalian Systems Physiology
Developmental Biology
Biochemistry
and Lab for BIOL 3611
Cell and Molecular Biology
Biological Clocks
Stem Cells and Regeneration
Medical Microbiology
Biological Imaging
Advanced Genomics
Capstone Course
Complete one of the following:4
Biology Capstone

Behavioral Neuroscience Major Requirements

Foundation Courses
Behavioral Neuroscience at Northeastern
Foundations of Psychology
Statistics in Psychological Research
Biological Psychology
Foundations of Biology
and Lab for BIOL 1107
Inquiries in Biological Sciences
Genetics and Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIOL 2301
Biology Project Lab
Breadth Courses
Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 1
Calculus 1
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
Organic Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 2313
Complete one of the following:5
Physics for Life Sciences 1
and Lab for PHYS 1145
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
and Recitation for PHYS 1161
Physics 1 for Bioscience and Bioengineering
and Lab for PHYS 1171
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1171

Behavioral Neuroscience Major Credit/GPA Requirement

Complete 90 semester hours in the major with a minimum 2.000 GPA.

Due to overlap in course content, double majoring in behavioral neuroscience with any of the following majors is not permitted: psychology, biology, cell and molecular biology, or biochemistry.

Program Requirement

132 total semester hours required

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 12514ENGW 11114BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5Vacation0
PSYC 11014PSYC 34584Adv PSYC elective4 
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
5BIOL 22994  
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
5  
BNSC 10001   
 19 17 9 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5CHEM 2313
and CHEM 2314
5BNS core course 34Co-op0
PSYC 23204BIOL 23094Elective4 
BNS core course 14BNS core course 24  
Elective4Elective4  
 EESC 20001  
 17 18 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0PHYS 1145
and PHYS 1146
5ENGW 33074Co-op0
 BNS core course 44Elective4 
 Adv BIOL elective5  
 Elective4  
 0 18 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0BNS core course 54  
 BNS core course 65  
 Capstone4  
 Elective5  
 0 18  
Total Hours: 132

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 12514ENGW 11114Vacation0Vacation0
PSYC 11014PSYC 34584  
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
5BIOL 22994  
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
5  
BNSC 10001   
 19 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5Co-op0Co-op0CHEM 2313
and CHEM 2314
5
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5  Elective4
BNS core course 14   
Elective4   
EESC 20001   
 19 0 0 9
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 23094Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
PSYC 23204   
BNS core course 24   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHYS 1145
and PHYS 1146
5Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
BNS core course 34   
Adv PSYC elective4   
Elective4   
 17 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
BNS core course 44BNS core course 54  
Adv BIOL elective5BNS core course 65  
ENGW 33074Capstone course4  
Elective5Elective4  
 18 17  
Total Hours: 132