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 and a minor in biological sciences. A related major in biochemistry and molecular biological sciences is available. Students can also concentrate their studies in secondary education or dance science.
Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Jay Garaycochea, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Mark Hiller, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences: genetics and molecular biology
Anna Jozwick, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, microbiology and symbiosis
Jenny Lenkowski, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences: developmental biology and neurobiology
Judith R. Levine, Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry: biochemistry and molecular biology
Akana Noto, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Dr. Natalie van Breukelen (Dr. VB), Assistant Professor of Biology: integrative biology, field biology, behavioral ecology & neuroendocrinology
Professor Emeritus or Emerita or Emeriti
George Delahunty, Professor of Biological Sciences, endocrinology
Janet Shambaugh, Professor of Biological Sciences, developmental biology
Leleng To Isaacs, Professor of Biological Sciences, microbiology
Robert Slocum, Professor of Biological Sciences: plant physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology
By studying abroad, choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher students in the Premedical/Prehealth Studies Program gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. Visit the Office of Global Education website for more information.
Opportunities & Internships
Special Prizes and Awards
Dr. Helen B. Funk Prize
The Dr. Helen B. Funk Prize is awarded to Goucher students who have declared a major in the biological sciences with an interest in microbiology and/or immunology. When possible, special consideration will be given to students who have demonstrated achievement and potential in their particular discipline of microbiology and/or immunology research.
Dr. Helen M. Habermann Prize
The Dr. Helen M. Habermann Prize is awarded to Goucher student(s) who have declared a major in the biological sciences with an interest in plant research. When possible, special consideration will be given to students who have demonstrated achievement and potential in their particular discipline of plant research.
Jessie L. King Prize
The Jessie L. King Prize was established by friends and former students of Jessie L. King for the students doing outstanding work in the natural sciences and mathematics.
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.
Gairdner B. Moment Prize in Biology
The Gairdner B. Moment Prize in Biology is awarded to students who have demonstrated superior achievement in the biological sciences.
Leah Seidman Schaffer ’26 Prize
The Leah Seidman Shaffer ’26 prize in Microbiology is awarded annually to students who demonstrate outstanding work in microbiology.
Tillie Snyder Schonfield ’36 Prize in Biology
The Tillie Snyder Schonfield ’36 Prize in Biology is awarded annually to a graduating senior or seniors enrolled in good standing in the undergraduate program at Goucher College who have done outstanding work in the field of biology. Biology majors who plan to enter the field of teaching will be given preference.
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
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 4+1 BA/MS Program
“ 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.
- Image associated with "Goucher College establishes $2 million endowed professorship in biological sciences and chemistry"October 19, 2021
Matched by alumnae/i contributions, the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund has awarded Goucher College $1 million to establish an endowed professorship to promote research and technology.
- July 19, 2021
The eyes of fish could help us see the light again. Jenny Lenkowski, associate professor of biological sciences, explains why, in this Academic Minute.