Why study Neuroscience at MC?

Neuroscience is a rapidly developing, interdisciplinary field of study that includes psychology, biology, and chemistry. The goal of neuroscience is to understand how the brain and nervous system respond to the environment and generate behavior. To answer these questions about the interaction of brain and behavior, it can mean looking at the biochemistry of individual nerve cells or examining mental processing or disease states, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Our program allows you to pursue your special interest at either the organismal level (Major in Neuroscience/Psychology Track) or the cellular level (Major in Neuroscience/Biochemistry Track). Students in both tracks share a common core of coursework in the basic disciplines, as well as introductory and advanced neuroscience courses, research design, and the opportunity to conduct independent research in one’s senior study. Students are prepared for graduate programs in neuroscience, psychology, neuropsychology, medicine, or positions in various biochemical, pharmaceutical, or neuropsychology settings.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

External Relationships

Blount Memorial Hospital
Birth to Three
Cherokee Health Systems, University of Tennessee, and Autism Society of America for the Autism Training Initiative
Cole Neuroscience Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center
Clover Hill Senior Living

Meet a current student

Katherine McNeely White ’17
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

Katherine plans to pursue a doctorate in cognitive neuroscience followed by a career in research. She has interned at the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Cancer Institute and Cole Neuroscience Center, where she assisted with research on multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, dementia and drug abuse in patients. “The curriculum, academic atmosphere and, most importantly, the professors at Maryville have helped shape my career aspirations for the past three years by providing opportunities that I couldn’t have found elsewhere,” she said.

Outcomes of Recent Grads

Featured Graduate

Courtney Bowers ’15
Currently: Pursuing a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Tennessee

Courtney’s interest in neuroscience had always been autism, but through internships and her Senior Study, she realized she wanted to work directly with children. “My practica experience at MC helped me recognize that I wanted a hands-on job working with children with autism and other developmental disorders,” she said. “The coursework, emphasis on writing and research requirements prepared me for the rigor of graduate school, and my neuroscience major helps me to better understand the neurological basis of the disorders I see in children on a daily basis as I help them learn to communicate.”

Career Options


Psychology Track:

A major in neuroscience with a track in psychology can lead to careers in neuroscience, neuropsychology, medicine, speech pathology, and gerontology. Advanced degrees are required for many of these fields, but entry-level jobs include research assistant and data analyst, therapy/program assistant in rehabilitation clinics, activities/program director in rehabilitation or assisted living organizations, and pharmaceutical sales.

Biochemistry Track:

A major in neuroscience with a track in biochemistry can lead to careers in neuroscience, medicine and other health-related fields, pharmacology, and biochemistry. Advanced degrees are required for many of these fields but entry level jobs include research or lab assistant, data analysts, therapy/program assistants in rehabilitation clinics, and pharmaceutical sales.