The Behavioral Neuroscience program at Northeastern University is one of the longest running and largest undergraduate BNS programs in the U.S. This clearly indicates the high level of student interest in BNS at Northeastern University. Next, from a more detailed programmatic standpoint, the BNS program at Northeastern University offers a greater number and a more diverse array of BNS specialty courses than it’s peers. For example, the BNS program at Northeastern University is the only undergraduate BNS major to offer advanced specialty courses in Clinical Neuroscience, Neuroethology, Comparative Neurobiology, Functional Human Neuroanatomy and Brain, Behavior and Immunity. These courses help set our program apart from our peers.

Placement of BNS graduates

The ability of the BNS program to prepare students for higher degree granting programs in graduate or medical school and/or to qualify graduates for employment in a variety of fields from clinical and basic research laboratories and clinics to research assistant positions in a number of biotechnology fields is evident by the quantity and quality of placements of BNS graduates. BNS graduates have gone on to attend medical school at such prestigious institutions as Yale, Stanford and Columbia Universities. Equally impressive are the universities that BNS graduates attend for graduate education and training, including Stanford, Harvard, Boston College, The University of California, San Diego, and the University of South Florida. In addition to attending institutes of higher education, BNS graduates find employment in research laboratories in top biotechnology firms including Genzyme, Biomedical Research Models, and the Forsythe Institute and in academic university laboratories at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, New England Medical Center, and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Other BNS students choose to pursue careers centered on educational outreach and find employment in such organizations as Teach for America.


Cassandra Buzby (right)


“I am so thankful to have had opportunities to explore both academia and industry aspects of neuroscience research, through co-ops at MIT and Pfizer.  Every experience I’ve had at Northeastern has built upon the last – my volunteer experience with electrophysiology in Northeastern’s Brain Computer Interface lab and behavioral work at MIT led to my in vivo electrophysiology co-op at Pfizer – and have culminated in my post-graduate employment at Pfizer.  I look forward to pursuing a graduate degree in the future and continuing a career in neuroscience research.”
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Lauren Parikhal


“During my time at Northeastern, I had the opportunity to grow academically, professionally, and personally. By choosing BNS as my major, I took a variety of challenging courses that allowed me to develop a strong scientific foundation and a passion for science as an art form. I plan to simultaneously utilize my education and pursue my passions by striving to make science easier for the general public to understand and gain interest in. I am currently employed at the MIT AgeLab where I work closely with researchers as they develop new technologies designed to improve the lives of the aging population.”

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