Behavioral Neuroscience and Philosophy, BS

The behavioral neuroscience and philosophy combined degree program engages students in the interdisciplinary study across the biology, psychology, and philosophy departments. The major provides rigorous training in both disciplines with a specific focus on understanding seminal questions concerning human nature and the mind. Courses in the basic sciences will lay a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, and data analytics that are relevant to neuroscience. In behavioral neuroscience core courses, students will examine the structure and function of the human nervous system in order to explore brain mechanisms that give rise to behavioral functions, including cognitive processes, as well as pathological states. In philosophy courses, successful students will develop core analytics skills, including ethical reasoning; learn to recognize and question deep theoretical assumptions at the heart of scientific theories and practice; and explore the social and ethical dimensions of neuroscience and scientific practice more broadly. The fields of behavioral neuroscience and philosophy are further bridged with course work that is designed to enable students to apply neuroscientific concepts to philosophical, moral, and ethical questions.

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 Foundation Courses

Required Courses
BNSC 1000Behavioral Neuroscience at Northeastern1
PSYC 3200Clinical Neuroanatomy4
PSYC 3458Biological Psychology4
Psychology Elective
Complete one of the following:4
The Moral Mind: The Science Underlying Ethical Decision-Making and Virtuous Character
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Learning and Motivation
Learning Principles and Behavior Analysis
Sensation and Perception
Psychology of Language
Cognition

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
Cell and Molecular Neuroscience
Multidisciplinary Approaches in Motor Control
Neuropsychology of Fear
Behavioral Endocrinology
Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Psychopharmacology
Neuropsychology
Clinical Neuroscience
Behavioral Genetics

Behavioral Neuroscience Upper-Level Elective

Complete one of the following:4
BNSC 4970 or higher
BIOL 4701 or higher
PSYC 4520 or higher
Or complete an additional BNS core course not taken above or the BIOL integrative course not taken below.

Behavioral Neuroscience Supporting Courses

Foundation Courses
EESC 2000Professional Development for Co-op1
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 the Biological Sciences
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
MATH 1241Calculus 14
or MATH 1251 Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 1
or MATH 1341 Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering
Statistics
Complete one of the following:4-5
Biostatistics
and Lab for ENVR 2500
Statistics in Psychological Research

Philosophy Foundation Courses

PHIL 1105Science and Pseudoscience4
PHIL 1115Introduction to Logic4
PHIL 1145Technology and Human Values4
PHIL 2325Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought4
or POLS 2325 Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
PHIL 2330Modern Philosophy4

Philosophy Elective Courses

Restricted Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Moral Philosophy
Theory of Knowledge
Philosophy of Science
PHIL 3360
PHIL 4555
Philosophy Electives
Complete two additional PHIL courses not taken above.8

Integrative/Capstone Courses

BIOL 4709Neurobiology of Learning and Memory4
or BIOL 5587 Comparative Neurobiology
PHIL 4535Philosophy of Mind4

Writing Courses

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 3308 Advanced Writing in the Social Sciences
or ENGW 3309 Advanced Writing in the Humanities
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

General Electives

Complete four general electives.16

Combined-Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all major courses

Major Credit Requirement

90 semester hours in the major

Program Requirements

131 total semester hours required

Sample Patterns:

5 Years, 3 Co-ops

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BNSC 10001ENGW 11114VacationVacation
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
5PHIL 11454  
CHEM 1161
and CHEM 1162
and CHEM 1163
5BIOL 22994  
PSYC 11014MATH 12514  
PHIL 11154   
 19 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC 32004EESC 20001VacationCo-op
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5PSYC 34584  
PHIL 11054CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5  
PHIL 23304PHIL elective4  
 ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
5  
 17 19 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opPHIL foundation4PHIL 23254Co-op
 BNS foundation4General elective4 
 PSYC elective4  
 General elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opBIOL 4709 or 55874VacationCo-op
 BNS foundation4 ENGW 3315 (online)4
 PHIL foundation4  
 General elective4  
 0 16 0 4
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opPHIL 45354  
 PHIL elective4  
 BNS upper-level elective4  
 General elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 131

4 Years, 2 Co-ops

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BNSC 10001ENGW 11114PHIL 11454Vacation
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
5BIOL 22994PSYC elective4 
CHEM 1161
and CHEM 1162
and CHEM 1163
5MATH 12514  
PSYC 11014PHIL 11054  
PHIL 11154   
 19 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC 32004EESC 20001PHIL 23254Co-op
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5PSYC 34584General elective4 
PHIL 23304CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5  
PHIL elective4PHIL foundation4  
 ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
5  
 17 19 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opPHIL foundation4PHIL elective4Co-op
 BNS foundation4General elective4ENGW 3315 (online)4
 General elective4  
 BNS foundation4  
 0 16 8 4
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opBIOL 4709 or 55874  
 PHIL 45354  
 BNS upper-level elective4  
 General elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 131