Biology at Messiah College
Put your mind, heart and hands to work as biology major at Messiah College. Through the biology degree program, you’ll not only study creation, but also the creator, integrating your knowledge of biology with your Christian faith.
Messiah College’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in biology offers you a strong foundation of core biology courses and the opportunity to focus in a particular area of interest through the biomedical, cellular, ecological, general and organismal biology concentrations.
Biology major distinctives
As a biology major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Gain firsthand experience using a scanning electron microscope, mammalian tissue culture facilities and molecular biology techniques including polymerase chain reaction (PCR), along with other sophisticated equipment to analyze cultures and manipulate molecules.
- Earn a teaching certification in biology with minimal additional coursework.
- Take courses in the biomedical concentration that will prepare you for medical school.
- Participate in travel
courses or directed research.
- Attend public events on science and faith.
- Conduct malaria/AIDS research at Macha Mission Hospital in Zambia in collaboration with Johns Hopkins.
Career options for biology majors
As a graduate of the biology program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Research associate
- Staff at pharmaceutical companies
- Staff at biotech companies
- Positions with biology related organizations such as:
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society,Zoos, etc.
For more information on career planning for the biology program, visit the Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center.
Internship and research opportunities for biology majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program helps place students in a variety of biology internships. A few examples include:
- National Institutes of Health
- Nature Conservancy
- Penn State Hershey Medical Center
- Pennsylvania State Department of Agriculture
- United States Department of Agriculture
Learn more about the Department of Biological Sciences
- One hundred percent of faculty hold terminal degrees in their field.
- Faculty have published in peer-reviewed journals including American Scientist, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, Science and Christian Belief, Journal of Virology, Journal of Immunology, Northeastern Naturalist, Zygon, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Clinical and Experimental Metastasis, Biotechniques, American Journal of Pathology, Clinical Cancer Research and Journal of Herpetology.
- Recent graduates have been admitted to top graduate programs, such as University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, Loma Linda University, Case Western Reserve, Penn State University and Drexel University College of Medicine.
- High graduate school acceptance rate
- Opportunity to get involved with Sigma Zeta, Grantham Community Garden, Earth Keepers, Medical Awareness Society, Biology Club
- On-campus green house, real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines, phase contrast and fluorescence microscopes with digital photography, scanning electron microscopes, environmental growth chamber, forward-looking infrared (FLIR) system, plant and animal tissue culture hoods and incubators.
- More than 100 acres of natural habitat on campus including 70 acres of forest and the Yellow Breeches Creek.
- Students can travel to international settings to study biology or health care-related courses taught by Messiah faculty.
Research and hands-on learning
Throughout the degree program, you’ll constantly have hands-on experiences that complement your biology classes. Many students conduct original research in our state-of-the-art laboratories which have research-quality equipment such as a real-time polymer chain reaction machine and deconvolution fluorescence microscopes. Others team with faculty to join their research projects in areas such as cancer metastasis, phytoremediation, cellular immunology, forest ecology and herpetology. Some students even take to campus’ expansive woodlands, fields and wetlands for their research.
In the biology major, you’ll also have the opportunity to go beyond our Pennsylvania campus and see the world as your classroom. Biology degree students often participate in faculty-led courses abroad in Central America, New Zealand and Zambia. No matter what you’re area of focus, you will find a wealth of intriguing courses and exciting hands-on experiences that will enhance your learning and stewardship techniques as you complete the biology program.
With your biology degree from Messiah College in hand, you’ll be prepared for whatever post-graduation path you pursue, whether working in biology, furthering your studies in a biology master’s program, or attending medical school.