Why Study Neuroscience?

    Increasing your understanding of the complex functions of the nervous system as it relates to human health and adversity will provide valuable insight understanding of the human condition. Furthermore, an in-depth understanding of the rapidly expanding field of neuroscience and the improved methods used to study it will provide a foundation for advanced students and scientists to develop treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis.

    Neuroscience has been indispensable in developing therapeutics and effective treatment that help individuals challenged by varied mental health disorders. These developments are likely to provide significant benefits for society and have implications for a diverse range of public policy areas such as health, education, law, and security.

    Why Study Neuroscience at MMC?

    The Neuroscience minor at MMC is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental minor that explores some of the most intriguing questions about the brain, behavior and science. This minor can be fulfilled with a psychology or biology major, which offers an excellent foundation for admission to graduate or professional programs, mainly for careers involving research, teaching, and medicine.

    MMC’s prime location in New York City affords you indispensable opportunities for practical research experiences both onsite at MMC or offsite in renowned academic and medical research institutions. As an MMC student, you’ll also be given preference to broad research internship opportunities with prominent neuroscientists in renowned laboratories. MMC stands out among other NYC colleges with small class sizes. Unlimited faculty-student interactions facilitate a firm grasp on fundamental and advanced concepts inherent to the neuroscience discipline.

    What You Will Learn

    As an MMC neuroscience minor, you’ll gain an understanding of the field of neuroscience from a historic and current perspective.

    • Your studies will emphasize historic highlights that elucidate the relationship between the nervous system, behavior, and emotions.
    • MMC students become familiar with research methodology commonly used by neuroscientists and psychologists. The empirical approach will be examined with an emphasis on the benefits and limitations of this method as it relates to Neuroscience.
    • You’ll become familiar with the rapidly growing body of literature and research in the field of Neuroscience with a particular interest in Biopsychology.


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    Program Highlights

    Students in Biochemistry
    Students work closely with top neuroscientists in cutting-edge New York City research facilities such as the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Mt. Sinai Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.
    Deirtra Hunter-Romagnoli, Ph.D. during 2019 Psychology class
    Our small class sizes provide the opportunity for individualized learning. You’ll interact with faculty and fellow students, both in and out of the classroom, sharing ideas and concerns, and making close friendships. You’ll become part of a close-knit group of faculty and students.
    Listening to a presentation on Honors Day 2013
    Put your own hypotheses to the test. The labs in our campus are available to you for your own independent research. Our faculty members will become your mentors as they guide you through your projects.



      Minoring in neuroscience has given me a better understanding as to why we act/think/behave the way we do. Because of the complex nature of the courses I was anxious to take them but with Professor Hunter’s support and encouragement, I not only enjoyed these classes but excelled at them. My decision to minor in neuroscience after my freshmen year was purely a product of taking a class with Dr. Hunter. She was very passionate about the class discussions and always pushed us to learn more. I felt inspired every time I left the classroom, as my love for neuroscience grew. Professor Hunter was not only an amazing teacher but a mentor too, giving me direction and advice when I needed it. I can confidently say that Professor Hunter’s guidance has not only enabled me to succeed in college but also to pursue a master’s in social work at Hunter College in the fall! I can’t thank her enough!

      Joyce Nasar ’19 

      Class of 2019, Minor in Neuroscience


      Being a psychology major and neuroscience minor at MMC prepared me for my graduate studies (Mental Health Counseling). Having previous knowledge on Epigenetics among other important topics from my neuroscience courses has helped me be a step ahead in most of my graduate courses today. My Psych and Neuroscience courses provided me with indispensable skills that taught me how to read and comprehend journal articles in addition to a full year learning how to use SPSS for statistical analysis. I’m a step ahead in my program because of the challenging psych and neuroscience courses I enrolled in at MMC.

      Ryanna Brown ’18 

      Class of 2018, Major in Psychology, Minor in Neuroscience

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    Careers and Outcomes

    Given the ubiquity of neuroscience and the demand for a familiarity of the connections between brain and behavior, career and advanced degree options are limitless when you graduate with a Neuroscience minor at MMC. For example, you can choose careers from varied fields such as: research and teaching options; health-related; global health; business and law; government and policy; consulting; writing and publishing; non-profit and many creative sectors.

    job titles and programs

    • Addiction/Rehab Specialist
    • Advanced degrees: Masters, M.D., Ph.D., or J.D. (Neuro-Law)
    • Art, Dance, Music Therapist
    • Animal Behavior Specialist
    • Clinical Psychologist (Ph.D.)/Psychiatrist (M.D.)
    • Cognitive Therapist
    • Mental Health Worker
    • Neuroscientist
    • Nurse
    • Speech-Language Pathologist
    • Research Scientist
    • Electroneurophysiology Technician


    • Sloan Kettering
    • Icahn Medical School
    • Mount Sinai
    • Columbia University Medical Center
    • Rockefeller University

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