Biopsychology (B.S.)

Biopsychology Major

School of Science, Engineering and Health

Department of Biological Sciences (B.A.)

School of Business, Education and Social Sciences

Department of Psychology (B.S.)

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. 


As a biopsychology major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:

  • Immerse yourself in challenging courses such as pathophysiology, anatomy, cell biology and immunology.
  • Dissect a human cadaver in our state-of-the-art lab.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Current research projects include effects of prayer on stress physiology, neural circuity of PTSD, cognitive tests for Alzheimer's patients, MRI studies of children's brain activation during math problem solving and brain stem control following acute pancreatitis.

This is a hybrid major offered through the cooperation of two distinct academic departments. Click below to learn more about each department.