ChooseWhy Choose This Program?
Why Study Biological Sciences at Goucher?
Biology is not merely a collection of facts, but a process of discovery, and Goucher encourages students 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 address problems of the future. Starting in your first-year courses you will learn approaches to science and develop your own research projects. Students gain a global perspective by studying abroad for three-week intensive courses 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 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 can also concentrate their studies in secondary education or dance science.
Major & Minor Program Contacts
Biology (Major and Minor): Mark Hiller
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Mark Hiller
Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
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
Robert Slocum, Professor of Biology: plant physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology
Professor Emeritus or Emerita or Emeriti
George Delahunty, Professor of Biology, endocrinology
William Johnson, Professor of Biology, ecology
Janet Shambaugh, Professor of Biology, developmental biology
Leleng To Isaacs, Professor of Biology, microbiology
Gizelle Simpson, Megan Lee (’15)
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.
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.
Major & Career Exploration
Graduate & Professional School
“ 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, premed concentration. Research technician, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Sidney Kimmel Cancer CenterAllentown, PA.
- July 3, 2019
True to Goucher's ethos of "learning everywhere," a group of Summer Science Research Program students came up for air during two field experiences in June.
- June 20, 2019
Paige Smith ’19 has won the J. Howard Brown Award from the American Society for Microbiology for outstanding undergraduate student research.