Why study Neuroscience at MC?

Neuroscience is a rapidly developing, interdisciplinary field includes study in psychology, biology, chemistry and statistics. While understanding the biochemistry of individual nerve cells or examining mental processing or disease states such as Alzheimer’s, you will learn how the brain and nervous system respond to the environment and generate behavior. We prepare students for graduate programs in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, neuropsychology, speech and language pathology and health-related fields, and for careers in health, pharmaceutical and 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

Photo of Madison BagciMadison Bagci ’20
Hometown: Cookeville, Tenn.

Initially, Madison was a computer science major, but she always had a fascination with the human brain. Following that curiosity and fascination, she decided to go into neuroscience, and her love for that field instantly clicked.
“It’s a surprisingly universal field; I love being able to trace everything back to the brain,” she said. Upon graduation, she plans to combine technology and
cognition by continuing her education in human factors psychology. “I have been very grateful for the opportunities Maryville College has enabled me to
have, such as being a part of the MC Data Science Lab and interning at [the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s] Cole Neuroscience Center, researching cognitive testing measures,” she said. “I value nothing more than the community here at Maryville College and the professors who I am lucky enough to have supporting me.”

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Featured Graduates

Eric Russell 

Eric Russell ’16
Currently: Pursuing a Ph.D. in Human Factors and Applied Cognition at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Eric’s interest in cognitive psychology was evident when he selected the topic of his Senior Study, “The Effects  of Green Space on College Student Stress and Cognitive Performance.” Today, as a Ph.D. student, he is interested in studying visual attention and eye-tracking related to transportation and safety. He credits Maryville College and its faculty for preparing him for the rigors of graduate school. “Internships, clubs and the opportunities to meet experts in the field of neuroscience and psychology gave me a chance to network with others who are passionate about their work,” he said. “I am certain that if I had to choose an undergraduate college again, I would pick Maryville College every time.”

Katherine McNeely White 

Katherine McNeely White ’17
Currently: Pursuing a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.

Kat was not only accepted into the Ph.D. program at Colorado State, she was offered tuition remission, a graduate teaching assistant appointment with a stipend and an invitation to personally choose which faculty member she wanted to work under. She credits the College’s coursework and requirements for undergraduate research, comprehensive exams and internships for helping her stand out among other applicants. “If I could do undergrad again, I would absolutely choose my small liberal arts college over a large state university,” she said. “I was never an overlooked student in the sea of my peers. My professors noticed and mentored me, and I will always be grateful to them.”

Courtney Bowers

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 Optionsclick or touch to open


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.

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