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

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

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

Professor Emeritus or Emerita or Emeriti
William Johnson, Professor of Biology, ecology

Janet Shambaugh, Professor of Biology, developmental biology

Leleng To Isaacs, Professor of Biology, microbiology

Instructional Staff
Jacqueline Andrews, Gizelle Simpson

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.

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


Click here to view research opportunities

Internships


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Student Employment


Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Development Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Goucher Recruit — an online site for job postings and job fair events.

Major & Career Exploration


Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search


A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CDO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School


Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CDO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.

“ 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.