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.
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
Amer Al-khouja, Jian Su, Lauren C. Suarez, Ryan VanYperin
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.
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.
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.
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.
" 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.