Biopsychology at Messiah College
The study of psychology and biology opens doors to a variety of careers, including medicine, psychiatry, neuroscience and more.
If you are interested in the biological basis of human and animal behavior, and underlying psychological processes, such as learning, memory, perception, attention, motivation, emotion, and cognition, then you are well suited for the versatility of a degree in biopsychology at Messiah- one of only two such programs within the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
This hybrid major, which bridges the gap between the departments for Biological Science and Psychology offers a biopsychology degree with two science tracks (B.A.): one with majors-level biology courses for those who plan to attend medical or graduate school, and the other for allied health professions.
As a student at Messiah College, you’ll be afforded comprehensive research opportunities using state-of-the-art equipment and learning techniques including a cadaver lab, a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine, environmental growth chambers, tissue culture hoods and incubators, phase contrast and fluorescence microscopes and a scanning electron microscope.
Biopsychology major distinctives
- Immerse yourself in challenging courses such as pathophysiology, anatomy, cell biology and immunology.
- Dissect a human cadaver in our state-of-the-art lab.
- Take courses that prepare you to go on to medical school.
- Conduct malaria/AIDS research at Macha Mission Hospital in Zambia in collaboration with Johns Hopkins.
- Join current research
projects such as developing a cognitive test for Alzheimer’s patients
and functional MRI studies of children’s brain activation during math
problem solving or begin your own research project.
- Gain firsthand experience using scanning and transmission electron microscopes, mammalian tissue culture facilities, and molecular biology techniques, along with other sophisticated equipment to analyze cultures and manipulate molecules.
- Take advantage of the flexible curriculum and choose to study abroad in locations like New Zealand, South America, Zambia, Panama, South Florida, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile.
- Practice interviewing, counseling, or conducting research in our state-of-the-art observation rooms with recording capabilities and microphones, allowing instructors to speak to participants.
Career options for biopsychology majors
As a graduate of the biopsychology program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Graduate students in neuroscience or psychology
- Medical school student
- Laboratory and research positions
- Positions in science-related business, sales and law
Internship and research opportunities for biopsychology majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of biopsychology internships. Biopsychology also secure research opportunities on and off-campus. A few examples include:
- Occupational therapy clinic
- Research institution
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Physical therapy clinic
- Penn State Hershey Medical Center
- Messiah's summer research program
Learn more about the Department of Biological Sciences
The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in the School of Science, Engineering and Health. Learn more about the Department of Biological Sciences by visiting our website, or check out some of the distinctives below.
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.
Learn more about the Department of Psychology
The Department of Psychology is housed in the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences. Learn more about the Department of Psychology by visiting our website, or check out some of the distinctives below.
- All full-time faculty are active scholars and have terminal degrees.
- Group/individual interview rooms used for practice counseling and research have video recording capability and microphones so that the instructor can speak to the participants in the observation rooms.
- Every year some Messiah College psychology grads are accepted directly into doctoral programs. In recent years, students have gone directly into doctoral programs at University of Central Florida, Brandeis, Wheaton College, Indiana State University, Immaculata University, Virginia Tech, and Argosy University.
- Messiah College psychology majors are eagerly sought after by local social service agencies like Hoffman Homes in Gettysburg, the YMCA in Carlisle, New Hope Ministries, Phil Haven Behavioral Health Services, Edgewater Psychiatric Services, or the Methodist Home for Children in Mechanicsburg.