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.

lauren parikhal

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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Shawn Cogan


“If I was not a BNS major, I would not have gotten my first co-op, which led to my second and third, which lead me to focus on oncology research and land the job I have today at one of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world. I have nothing but great things to say about BNS and the experience and wealth of knowledge you are exposed to, in a major that allows you to focus your time on the things that interest you the most.”

Shawn is currently a Principal Associate Scientist at Compass Therapeutics LLC, an antibody discovery and development company focused on comprehensively drugging the tumor-immune synapse with combinations of human monoclonal antibodies, multiclonals and engineered protein constructs.


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