Generating viable solutions to life's problems—and helping people in the process—can be very rewarding work. Our academic departments will prepare you to make a difference in today's complex world.
Our Biological Sciences department paves the way to a rewarding career in the medical sciences -- as a physician, physical therapist, dentist, or veterinarian; in ecology; as a biology or environmental science teacher, a research scientist, or a health science manager. You'll "do" science by conducting research with faculty and peers in our excellent facilities or in the fields and streams surrounding campus. You could intern at a hospital or clinic or participate in field trips to the Florida Everglades, the Galapagos Islands, Zimbabwe -- the whole world is our laboratory!
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry seeks to equip students with the knowledge and methodologies of chemistry and biochemistry so as to enable them to be informed Christian citizens as well as skilled and ethical practitioners of chemistry, biochemistry and chemical education.
As a program approved by the American Chemical Society, our department offers rigorous courses across all sub-disciplines of chemistry, as well as laboratory and research experiences necessary for preparation as a scientific or health-care professional. Our department places special emphasis on the integration of the knowledge and methods of science with Christian faith.
Our dynamic curriculum in Computing prepares students for careers in a broad range of computing disciplines. Through a series of core courses, students develop foundational competencies and explore where they own talents and passions may intersect with computing careers.
Study Mathematics, Physics or Statistics and you will learn analysis skills and problem-solving strategies that can be applied to virtually any field. Students in these fields aren't working alone at a desk; they regularly work together on problems, travel to local professional conferences to present their work, and join interdisciplinary Collaboratory teams to lend their expertise to applied projects across the globe. Our Statistics minor is an excellent addition to any major and can include internships at Hershey Medical Center or pharmaceutical companies.
Students in each of our majors and minors are regularly accepted into paid summer research programs (called REUs: Research Experiences for Undergraduates) at colleges and universities nationwide, where they develop valuable professional skills. All of our students gain real-world experience through internships, and they have opportunities to participate in programming competitions, service learning, and summer research experiences.
The Engineering program at Messiah College is uniquely suited for talented problem-solvers who wish to partner with God to alleviate human suffering. Our Bachelor's of Science in Engineering has concentrations in Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental and Mechanical. The department employees 13 full-time faculty and three full-time technicians across those disciplines. The Engineering department partners with The Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research to offer a curricular program centered around service in the name of Christ. Meeting real-world challenges brought by non-profit clients, in project teams that include students from all class years and many disciplines, is a true distinction and a highlight for many students and faculty who choose to study and work at Messiah College. Current projects involve alternative energy, water access and purity, infrastructure (bridge and sanitation), and biomedical engineering.
The Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science department offers academic programs that lead to careers in health, wellness, and leadership, with majors and programs in Applied Health Science, Athletic Training Accelerated Program, Health & Physical Education, Nutrition & Dietetics, and Sport Management. All programs connect classroom learning with firsthand practical experience, and faculty are committed to integrating Christian faith within the context of the health professions. Excellent on-campus facilities include Messiah's human performance lab, state of the art athletic training facilities, a weight room, natatorium, gymnasium, and the Falcon Fitness Center. Off-campus internship and practicum settings energize students to appreciate both the challenge of scholarship and the opportunity for service.
If you want to make a difference in people's lives, a career in Nursing might be for you. Nursing is the nation's largest health care profession. Graduates from our nursing department are highly respected. They achieve great success in national licensing exams, employment, admittance into graduate nursing programs and throughout their nursing careers. You'll develop life-saving skills using sophisticated medical equipment in specialized nursing laboratories on campus and through clinical experiences at local health care agencies and hospitals.
If you are interested in a career in medicine, Pre-Health Professions Advising program can help you get there. This program provides assistance for students considering medical school and other health-related professional schools such as veterinary, chiropractic and pharmacy school. Our on-campus advising services assist students in all aspects of their preparation and application for further study, including the three major areas considered most important by medical schools and graduate-level healthcare programs: achieving and maintaining a strong academic record; thorough test preparation for career-specific aptitude tests (such as the MCAT); and exposure to, and the opportunity to participate in, meaningful medically related experiences.
In addition, you can participate in science education programs sponsored by the Oakes Museum at Messiah College, home to a Smithsonian-quality natural history collection. Intended to enhance educational opportunities for both our students and the surrounding community, the museum features world-class quality mounts of African and North American mammals and the largest oological (egg) collection in Pennsylvania. Be a part of the Oakes Museum team by working as a volunteer and experiencing everything the museum has to offer.
The Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research is an organization that seeks to increase hope and transform lives through service in the areas of our academic disciplines. Our desire is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in life, word and deed by partnering with others for projects that foster justice, empower the poor, promote peace, and care for the earth. Students and educators work side by side in the Collaboratory in fields such as business, engineering, computer science, and the humanities.