ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Biological Sciences at Goucher?


Biology is not merely a collection of facts, but a process of discovery, and students are encouraged to participate actively in this process. Each course provides a framework for examining the scientific process as a means to master current knowledge and to provide a basis to address problems of the future. Starting in your first-year courses you will learn approaches to science and develop your own research projects. Goucher biological sciences majors gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study by participating in three-week intensive courses abroad, or a variety of semester-long programs.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?


The biology core curriculum explores the major disciplines and examines both the diversity of life and the functional aspects of living systems. The core courses encompass the wide spectrum of biological sciences from molecules and cells to populations and ecosystems using evolutionary adaptation as a recurrent theme. Advanced courses allow students to pursue areas of special interest and stress independence and initiative. Many students participate in internships and also in research, either in collaboration with a faculty member on campus or at an off-campus research setting. Results of these studies are occasionally published in scientific research journals.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?


The Biological Sciences Program offers a major in biological sciences with optional concentrations in dance science, and secondary education with certification in biological sciences; a minor in biological sciences; and dual-degree programs in chemical and bio-molecular engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering and materials science engineering. A related major in biochemistry and molecular biological sciences is available. Students also can choose to concentrate their studies in secondary education or dance science, or they can complete a 3+2 science and engineering program.

Faculty

Major & Minor Program Contacts
Biology (Major and Minor): Mark Hiller
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Mark Hiller

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Ruquia Ahmed-Schofield, Associate Professor of Chemistry: organic chemistry

George Delahunty, Lilian Welsh Professor of Biology: physiology and endocrinology

Pamela Douglass, Assistant Professor of Chemistry: physical chemistry

George Greco, Associate Professor of Chemistry: organic, inorganic, and medicinal chemistry

Mark Hiller, Associate Professor of Biology: genetics and molecular biology

Anna Jozwick, Assistant Professor of Biology, microbiology and symbiosis

Cynthia Kicklighter, Associate Professor of Biology: ecology and marine biology

Jenny Lenkowski, Assistant Professor of Biology: developmental biology and neurobiology

Judith R. Levine, Professor of Biology and Chemistry: biochemistry and molecular biology

German Mora, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies: biogeochemistry, climate change, and water/soil quality

Harry Ratrie III, Senior Laboratory Lecturer and Adjunct Assistant Professor: physiology and molecular biology

Kevin P. Schultz, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, organic chemistry

Robert Slocum, Professor of Biology: plant physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology

Professor Emeritus or Emerita or Emeriti
Esther J. Gibbs, Professor of Chemistry, inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry

David E. Horn, Professor of Chemistry, organic chemistry

William Johnson, Professor of Biology, ecology

Janet Shambaugh, Professor of Biology, developmental biology

Leleng To Isaacs, Professor of Biology, microbiology

Part-Time Faculty
Amer Al-khouja, Jian Su, Lauren C. Suarez, Ryan VanYperin

Instructional Staff
Jacqueline Andrews, Senior Laboratory Instructor in Biology

Opportunities & Internships

Special Prizes and Awards


Jessie L. King Prize

The Jessie L. King Prize is awarded to a senior who has done outstanding work in any field of science included in Division III (Natural Sciences and Mathematics), with special consideration given to the study of mammalian physiology and/or microbiology.

Gairdner B. Moment Award

The Gairdner B. Moment Award is presented to a senior who has demonstrated superior achievement in the biological sciences, especially in the field of animal development.

Leah Seidman Schaffer Prize

The Leah Seidman Schaffer Prize is awarded to a senior who has conducted outstanding independent study in microbiology.

Ann Matthews Lacy Prize

The Ann Matthews Lacy Prize is given to students judged to have outstanding potential for accomplishment in the field of genetics, based on their meritorious achievement in class work, laboratory work, or special projects in genetics.

Fellowships for Graduate Study


Selections for the following fellowships are made by the College Lectures and Fellowships Committee. Application information can be obtained from the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies’ office.

Stimson-Duvall Fellowship

The Stimson-Duvall Fellowship is awarded to students demonstrating professional promise and outstanding qualifications for graduate studies in the natural, physical, biological and medical sciences, or history of science.

Dean Van Meter Alumni Fellowships

The Dean Van Meter Alumni Fellowships are awarded for graduate or professional studies in the United States or abroad.

Flora E. Langdon Fellowship

The Flora E. Langdon Fellowship is awarded to women of exceptional ability who pursue graduate studies in botany at an American university recognized for its facilities for graduate work in the plant sciences.

Internship Program


Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, the biology faculty members consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student’s education. The variety of internships that have been completed under the supervision of this department is evidence of the flexible and creative applicability of degrees in the biological sciences. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Development Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.

A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Development Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship in the biological sciences should contact their individual academic advisers.

Biology Club


Goucher's Biology Club is open to all science majors and anyone interested in science. The club’s goal is to foster a community feeling with the science departments through a variety of coordinated events.

Research Opportunities


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" Unlike bigger institutions, the sciences at Goucher are geared specifically to help students succeed. We’re not just a number. "


Danielle Meir-Levi '16

Biology major, public health minor, pre-med concentration. Research technician, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Sidney Kimmel Cancer CenterAllentown, PA.