Psychology and Music, BS

This combined major educates students in psychology and music and the interface between the two disciplines. The scope and sequence of psychology courses provide students with a foundation in the interdisciplinary science of psychology, including such topics as cognition, psycholinguistics, perception, and the biological basis of behavior. Music courses provide a foundation in music theory; creative music in context; contemporary/ethnomusicology; music perception and cognition; and the psychoacoustics of music. Students completing this program of study should be able to understand how the two fields jointly contribute to explaining human behavior in the domain of music.

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.

Psychology Requirements

Required Courses
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
PSYC 2320Statistics in Psychological Research4
PSYC 3452Sensation and Perception4
PSYC 3458Biological Psychology4
PSYC 3464Psychology of Language4
PSYC 3466Cognition4
Required Lab
Complete one of the following4
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
Required Seminar
Complete one of the following4
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 PSYC courses not used to fulfill requirements above8

Music Theory Requirements

Required Courses
MUSC 1201Music Theory 14
MUSC 1202Music Theory 24

Music in Context

MUSC 1001Music in Everyday Life4
Creative Category
Complete one of the following 4-semester-hour courses or choose four 1-semester hour ensembles and/or lessons from the list4
Making a Musical: Analysis, Craft, and Creation
Jazz Improvisation
Introduction to Songwriting
Introduction to Music Technology
Introduction to Composition
Sound Design
Ensembles and Lessons
Music Lessons 1
Music Lessons 2
Concert Band
Wind Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
Rock Ensemble
Blues/Rock Ensemble
Create Your Own Music
Chamber Ensemble
Contemporary Music Ensemble
Jazz Choir and Combo
World Music Ensemble
Fusion Ensemble
Pep Band
Contemporary or Ethnomusicology Category
Compete one of the following4
Black Popular Music
Music of Asia
Making a Musical: Analysis, Craft, and Creation
Popular Music Since 1945
Punk Rock
40,000 Years of Music Technology
Musical Communities of Boston
Divas, DJs, and Double Standards
Music, Sound, and the Screen
Topics in Music since 1900
Music and Social Justice
Hip Hop in the Music Industry
Ethnography in Creative Industries
Note MUSC 2150 can be used to meet either the Creative or the Ethnomusicology/Contemporary requirement, but not both

Music Requirements

MUSC 2350Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Music4
or INAM 3200 Creative Cognition
MUSC 3300Music Perception and Cognition4
MUSC 4510Music and the Brain Research4

Music Electives

Complete two courses from MUSC, MUSI, or MUST not used to fulfill the requirements above8

Other Requirements Outside Major

PSYC 1000Psychology at Northeastern1
or MUSC 1000 Music at Northeastern
EESC 2000Professional Development for Co-op1
or EEAM 2000 Professional Development for Co-op
COOP 3945Co-op Work Experience0
or EEAM 2945 College of Arts, Media and Design Co-op Experience
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
Complete one of the following4
Interactive Mathematics
Mathematical Thinking
Calculus 1

Bridge/Integrative Courses

Note: MUSC 3300 is already required above.
Music Perception and Cognition

NUpath not fulfilled by major

NUpath DD (Some Music-in-Context courses satisfy DD.)4
NUpath ER (Some Music-in-Context courses satisfy ER.)4
NUpath WD4

Open Electives

Complete seven open electives28
Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC 11014PSYC 23204PSYC 34664Open Elective4
MUSC 10014MUSC 12014Music Elective4Open Elective4
ENGW 11114MATH 12134  
NUpath DD4NUpath ER4  
MUSC 1000 or PSYC 10001   
 17 16 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PSYC 34584PSYC 34644Open Elective4CO-OP0
MUSC 12024MUSC 2350 or INAM 32004PSYC Elective4 
Open Elective4Contemporary/Ethno Course4  
MUSC 33004Open Elective4  
 EESC 2000 or EEAM 20001  
 16 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
 Creative MUSC Course4PSYC Elective4 
 MUSC 45104  
 Open Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
CO-OP0PSYC Seminar4  
 Music Elective4  
 Open Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 130