Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences
Whether you are interested in biomolecules or ecosystems or everything in between, The Department of Biological Sciences at Messiah College offers students the opportunity to tailor their study of biology to pursue their interests and calling in a distinctly Christian context. The department offers a choice of majors and concentrations that seeks to provide students with an understanding of the sciences that will enable them to continue on in a range of post-graduate options, including study in graduate school, medical school, or the allied health field, or immediately seeking employment in a variety of settings in industry, business, education, and government.
Our curriculum, which includes a Biology major with a choice of 5 different concentrations, provides both a broad foundational base as well as allowing for focus on specific areas, such as biomedical, cellular, organismal, and ecosystems. For those who are interested in a more specialized course of study, we also offer several specialized and interdisciplinary majors, including Environmental Science, Molecular Biology, and Biopsychology. Throughout our curriculum, learning in the classrooms is complemented by active hands on experiences in the lab and in the field. Students also have the opportunity to explore the world by participating in travel courses led by departmental faculty to global destinations including Central America, New Zealand, Patagonia and Zambia.
For more details on the curriculum requirements and the types of courses you would be taking as a Biology Major, visit our Online Course Catalog or take a look at the printable Biology Major Brochure.
The Kline-Jordan Science Center houses modern labs that are equipped with research quality technology and equipment, including real time PCR machines and deconvolution fluorescence microscopes, as well as The Oakes Museum and a greenhouse. Many departmental faculty carry on active, ongoing research programs and students have the opportunity to collaborate with published faculty on original research projects. Upper level students regularly present their work at our research symposia every spring as well as at professional meetings and conferences. Students can apply for The Steinbrecher Undergraduate Research Fellowship, which provides funding for full time undergraduate research projects with faculty over the summer.
Biological Sciences in a Christian Liberal Arts Setting
The unique advantage of studying biological science at Messiah is that students work in the context of a Christian liberal arts education. Thus, while investigating the world around them, they also study themselves and their Creator. The Department places special emphasis on integrating the knowledge and methods of the sciences with what Christian faith teaches about people and their place in the universe. Additionally, the Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science, which is under the direction of a departmental faculty member, regularly sponsors a variety of events to promote a better understanding of religion and science and is also a resource available to students.
How to Apply
To apply for admission to Messiah College, simply call and request an application at 1-800-233-4220 or apply online! Open House dates and major-specific events are scheduled throughout the year. Students may arrange for a variety of visit options to suit their interests and schedule.
* Messiah College does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, age, disability, or national or ethnic origin