Behavioral Neuroscience and Design, BS

The behavioral neuroscience and design combined major engages students in an interdisciplinary study across the biology, psychology, and Art + Design departments to integrate fundamental design courses with a strong foundation in the physiological brain mechanisms that give rise to behavioral functions. The latest research in neuroscience and psychology enables designers to maximize the impact of their designs and, conversely, complex neuroscientific concepts can be made intelligible to a wider public through creative visual works. Students in this major have the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the brain and how its various structures interact to enhance their approach to design methodologies. Students can then apply these principles to biomimetic medical devices as well as data and network visualization.

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 Requirements

Behavioral Neuroscience Overview
BNSC 1000Behavioral Neuroscience at Northeastern 1 1
EESC 2000Professional Development for Co-op 21
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 1251Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 14
or MATH 1341 Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering
Statistics Foundation
Complete one of the following:
ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
Biostatistics
and Lab for ENVR 2500
4-5
or PSYC 2320 Statistics in Psychological Research
Behavioral Neuroscience Foundations
PSYC 3200Clinical Neuroanatomy4
PSYC 3452Sensation and Perception4
PSYC 3458Biological Psychology4
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

Design Requirements

Foundations
ARTF 1122Color and Composition (with optional ARTF 1123)4
Complete one of the following:4-5
Conceptual Drawing
Form and Structure
and Form and Structure Tools
Movement and Time (with optional ARTF 2221)
Experience and Interaction (with optional ARTF 2224)
Design Courses
ARTG 1250Design Process Context and Systems4
ARTG 2250Typography 1 (with optional ARTG 2251)4
ARTG 3350Typography 24
ARTG 3451Information Design 14
or ARTG 5330 Visualization Technologies 1: Fundamentals
Art + Design History
Complete one of the following:4
The Science of Art, the Art of Science
Modern Art and Design History
Contemporary Art and Design History
Nineteenth-Century Art
Degree Capstone Project
ARTG 4550Design Degree Project 14

Design Options

Complete one of the following options:8
Interaction Design Option
Interaction Design 1: Responsive (with optional ARTG 2401)
Interaction Design 2: Mobile
Graphic and Information Design Option
Graphic Design 1
Graphic Design 2
Experience Design Option
Experience Design 1
Experience Design 2

Integrative Requirements

Integrative Courses
BIOL 5587Comparative Neurobiology4
ARTG 5310Visual Cognition4
Upper-Division Elective
Complete one course that is not already taken as long as prerequisites have been met: 4
Any 2000-level or higher ARTG, ARTE, ARTD, ARTH, or ARTS course
BNSC 4970 or higher
BIOL 3403 or higher
PSYC 3404 or higher

Writing Requirements

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
or ENGW 1102 First-Year Writing for Multilingual Writers
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
ENGW 3307Advanced Writing in the Sciences4
or ENGW 3314 Advanced Writing in the Arts, Media, and Design
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Required General Electives

Complete 16 credits of general electives.16

Major Credit Hour Requirement

104 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirements

133 total semester hours required

Sample Patterns:

Four Years, Two Co-ops

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BNSC 1000 or ARTF 10001BIOL 22994ARTG 22504PSYC 34524
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
5MATH 12514PSYC 23204General elective4
CHEM 1161
and CHEM 1162
and CHEM 1163
5ARTG 12504  
PSYC 11014ENGW 11114  
ARTF 11224   
 19 16 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC 34584Co-opCo-opARTG 33504
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5  General elective 4
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5   
A+D foundations 24   
EESC 2000 or EEAM 20001   
 19 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC 32004Co-opCo-opENGW 33154
ARTG 3451 or 53304  General elective4
Design option level 14   
BNS core course4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
BIOL 55874ARTG 45504  
ARTG 53104BNS core course4  
Design option level 24Upper-division elective4  
A+D history course4General elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 134

Five Years, Three Co-ops

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BNSC 1000 or ARTF 10001BIOL 22994VacationVacation
PSYC 11014MATH 12514  
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
5ARTG 12504  
CHEM 1161
and CHEM 1162
and CHEM 1163
5ENGW 11114  
ARTF 11224   
 19 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC 34524Co-opCo-opPSYC 23204
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5  ARTG 33504
ARTG 22504   
A+D foundations 24   
EESC 2000 or EEAM 20001   
 18 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC 32004Co-opCo-opVacation
PSYC 34584   
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5   
Design option level 14   
 17 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTG 3451 or 53304Co-opCo-opENGW 33154
Design option level 24  General elective4
BNS core course4   
General elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
BIOL 55874ARTG 45504  
ARTG 53104BNS core course4  
A+D history course4Upper-division elective4  
General elective4General elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 134