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.”



Elaine Bertolini (left)


“While at Northeastern, I played an active part in the Honors Program, Nu Rho Psi, and Husky Ambassadors. At my second and third co-ops at the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center and Pfizer, I discovered my love for research and a specific interest in the neuroendocrinology of pain and new forms of pain management. This was especially strong in my mind as I walked the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage across Northern Spain on my second Dialogue of Civilizations- a hike of 160 miles in two weeks. Those two weeks changed my life forever.”

Elaine will investigate neurodegenerative diseases at Lysosomal therapeutics, Inc. prior to joining a graduate program in Neuroscience at University College London in 2017. She hopes to walk the entire 470 mile Camino Frances and aspires to combine her love of the Camino and interest in the neuroscience of pain to be on the front lines of the next pain management breakthrough.


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