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 bridges the gap between the departments of Biological Sciences and Psychology and offers a biopsychology degree with two science tracks: 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