MU adds cutting-edge Neuroscience major to academic offerings

Marymount adds cutting-edge Neuroscience major to academic offerings


Included in a wave of market-driven academic programs that are launching at Marymount University in the Fall 2022 semester is a new Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience, a high-growth and in-demand field in the national capital region.

The new Neuroscience major will be available through Marymount’s College of Sciences and Humanities, led by Dean Dr. Marnel Niles Goins. It will prepare students for successful careers in a broad range of areas such as counseling, therapy, social work and addiction treatment. The program also provides a course of study for students interested in graduate study in neuroscience itself, or those wishing to enroll in medical school, especially for psychiatric care.

Even without further study, graduates of the Neuroscience program will be well suited to take on roles like laboratory technicians, law enforcement professionals, health educators and technical writers – all jobs that offer a salary well above the national median and are experiencing job growth anywhere between 160 percent and 210 percent of the national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“I would like to commend our faculty and academic leadership for working to create this new program that is so relevant in today’s job marketplace,” said Dr. Irma Becerra, President of Marymount University. “Our B.S. in Neuroscience will be highly relevant to the regional and national workplace and economy for years to come.”

“The breadth of career options available to Neuroscience graduates make it an ideal course of study for students who know they want to pursue the sciences, but perhaps don’t fully know where their talents might lead them as they begin their collegiate studies,” added Dr. Hesham El-Rewini, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Marymount University. “When they embark on this exciting program at Marymount, we know they will find their calling and pursue a rewarding and socially important path forward after graduation.”

In alignment with the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative, Marymount’s Neuroscience curriculum focuses significantly on contemporary issues in neuroscience and psychiatric care, which is updated annually to ensure students learn subject matter through a modern and cutting-edge lens. A strong emphasis is also placed on Biology and Psychology coursework, in addition to focused Neuroscience courses, with the overall curriculum covering some premedical requirements as well.

Listed below are four distinguished subject matter experts in the field of neuroscience who have contributed to the design of Marymount’s curriculum:

  • David Ross, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and Associate Program Director of the Yale Adult Psychiatry Residency
  • Adriane dela Cruz, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern
  • Ashley Walker, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Residency Training Director at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa
  • Joseph Cooper, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago

This new program is available for Marymount students to study starting this fall through a partnership with the Lower Costs Models Consortium (LCMC) and Rize Education.