Biology (B.S.)

Biology Major

School of Science, Engineering and Health

Department of Biological Sciences

Messiah College’s biology major offers you a strong foundation in biological sciences, including a broad background in zoology, botany, chemistry and mathematics.

Put your mind, heart and hands to work as biology major at Messiah College. From state-of-the-art laboratories where students conduct research on cancer metastasis, phytoremediation, cellular immunology, forest ecology and herpetology, to area studies in the campus’ expansive woodlands, fields and wetlands, you will find a wealth of intriguing courses and exciting hands-on experiences that will enhance your learning and stewardship techniques. Also, you’ll have opportunities to choose from a variety of internships such as those at the National Institutes of Health, Nature Conservancy, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, PA State Department of Agriculture, and United States Department of Agriculture.

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

  • Gain firsthand experience using a scanning 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 dual certification in biology and environmental education K-12 with minimal additional coursework.
  • Participate in travel courses to New Zealand, South America, Zambia, Panama, South Florida, Southwestern United States, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Argentina, and/or Chile.
  • Dissect a human cadaver in our state-of-the-art lab.
  • Attend public events on science and faith.
  • Conduct malaria/AIDS research at Macha Mission Hospital in Zambia in collaboration with Johns Hopkins.

Major Requirements:

Biology majors are required to choose one of the following concentrations:

Biomedical Concentration
Cellular Concentration
Ecological Concentration
General Concentration
Organismal Concentration

Teaching Certification Requirements: 

Biology with Teaching Certification  (B.S.)

Minor Requirements:

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Research from Dr. Erik Lindquist, Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, has been the subject of a BBC documentary, "Life in Cold Blood" with David Attenborough.

Department of Biological Sciences
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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.
Greater than 90 percent graduate school acceptance rate (biochemistry and molecular biology majors)
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, ifrared gas analyzer, 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 breaches Creek.
Students can travel to international settings to study biology or health care-related courses taught by Messiah faculty.