Molecular Biology at Messiah College
Learn about living systems at the molecular level by participating in hands-on lab experiences.
If you enjoy learning about the structure and function of living systems and life processes or are curious about genes and how cells and organisms metabolize, grow, reproduce, interact, and adapt, then a degree in molecular biology could be right for you. At Messiah College, you’ll find this major provides hands-on experience in manipulating and analyzing genes and their protein products. You’ll even get to use specialized software to see molecular structures such as DNA.
You also could delve into credit-bearing research opportunities at nearby Penn State Hershey College of Medicine or become one of Messiah’s candidates for summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs. Or maybe an on-campus summer research program working with familiar faculty in a research lab - complete with a stipend - might be something you’d like to consider.
At Messiah, you’ll find countless opportunities to investigate the world of macromolecules, genes, nucleic acids, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and more!
At Messiah, you'll benefit from our strong emphasis on credit-bearing undergraduate research and a solid foundation in introductory biology and chemistry, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, and biochemistry.
Molecular biology major distinctives
As a biochemistry and molecular biology major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Present your work at off-campus scientific meetings, such as the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences.
- Use a a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine, flourescence microscopes, and tissue culture hoods and incubators.
- Conduct standard molecular biology manipulations such as agarose electrophoresis, UV transilluminators, digital photography, and computer image analysis.
- Work as a lab assistant, tutor, or supplementary instruction leader in the department.
- Create a computer model of a protein structure.
- Participate in the School of Health and Natural Sciences Fall and Spring Research Symposia.
- Take courses with Messiah's Biological Sciences department faculty in destinations such as Costa Rica, New Zealand, and Zambia.
Career options for molecular biology majors
As a graduate of the molecular biology program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Graduate student
- Medical care provider
- Laboratory assistant
- Clinic supervisor
Internship and research opportunities for molecular biology majors
Messiah helps place students in a variety of molecular biology research programs. A few examples include:
- Messiah summer research program
- REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) programs
- Penn State College of Medicine
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.