The field of neuroscience is highly interdisciplinary and relies on contributions from many different areas of study. A well-rounded education in neuroscience includes investigations into the molecular, cellular, and genetic aspects of nervous system functioning as well as their influences on behavior. The neuroscience curriculum at SMCM mirrors the interdisciplinarity of the field by drawing on courses from biology, chemistry, psychology, and philosophy (as well as dedicated courses in neuroscience).
The major places a strong emphasis on direct research experience within neuroscience. In addition, the neuroscience major creates an environment where faculty and students work collaboratively and discuss current issues in neuroscience.