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.


Major & Minor Program Contacts
Biological Sciences (Major and Minor): Jenny Lenkowski
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Mark Hiller

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Mark Hiller, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences: genetics and molecular biology

Anna Jozwick, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, microbiology and symbiosis

Cynthia Kicklighter, Professor of Biological Sciences: ecology and marine biology

Jenny Lenkowski, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences: developmental biology and neurobiology

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

Jay Garaycochea, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

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

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

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

Instructional Staff
Gizelle Simpson, Megan Lee (’15)

Study Abroad

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

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

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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 Education 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 CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School

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

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 4+1 BA/MS Program

Goucher College and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School are offering Goucher students a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program. This 4+1 program combines a bachelor’s degree from Goucher with a master of science degree from Johns Hopkins in business analytics and risk management, information systems, health care management, finance, or marketing. Students can apply during their junior year. GRE or GMAT tests have been waived but applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and have passed some quantitative reasoning courses with a grade of B or better.

“ 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.