2020-2021 Catalog

Behavioral Neuroscience

Behavioral Neuroscience examines the role of the nervous system on behavior. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Behavioral Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental major combining psychology, biology, chemistry, math and speech language pathology and audiology. It is designed to promote an in-depth understanding of the rapidly expanding field of neuroscience.

An emphasis on the practical applications of neuroscience to scientific, health, social, political, cultural and ethical issues will combine to provide insight for improving quality of life, especially for vulnerable populations. Students completing this major, in conjunction with specific course requirements for individual programs will be prepared to pursue advanced degrees in neuroscience (Master’s, Ph.D., MD or JD (Neuro-Law)), Baccalaureate careers, professional programs in neuroscience (e.g. clinical psychology, art /dance therapy) and related fields.

Consistent with the MMC mission, a major in behavioral neuroscience will provide students with a multidisciplinary foundation allowing them to be competitive in professional academic programs. Students will be prepared to be an active participants helping to provide solutions to world issues under the purview of neuroscience.


Division: Sciences
Division Office: Carson Hall 706
Phone: 212-774-0725
Division Chair: Benedetta Sampoli Benitez, Ph.D.
Division Assistant: TBD


Faculty: Faculty from various Departments teach courses in the Behavioral Neuroscience major.

Deirtra Hunter-Romagnoli

Associate Professor of Psychology

Coordinator, Behavioral Neuroscience Major

and Neuroscience Minor

B.A., Hunter College, CUNY

M.A., New York University

Ph.D., The CUNY Graduate Center

Phone: 212-774-0777


Benedetta A. Sampoli Benitez

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chair, Division of Sciences

Pre-Health Advisor

B.S. & M.S., University of Florence, Italy

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Carson Hall 706L

Phone: 212-517-0653


Ann Aguanno

Professor of Biology

Chair, Department of Natural Sciences

B.A., SUNY, Buffalo

M.S. & Ph.D., New York University

Carson Hall 603

Phone: 212-774-4838



Behavioral Neuroscience Courses (NEU)