Biology Major

Ever wondered what it would be like to study elephants in Kenya? Swim with eagle rays in the Florida Keys? Inject DNA into worms? In the Goshen College biology program you can do all of this and more!

At GC, the biological sciences are divided into three majors: biology, molecular biology/biochemistry and environmental science. All three are rigorous, experiential and founded in the belief that some of the best learning happens outside the classroom. Not only do we offer international courses, but we also have interactive learning events right on campus, including a science speaker lecture series, a biology coffee hour, and multiple teaching and research assistantships. You’ll also have access to 1,189 acres of prairie, forest, wetland and lake habitat to explore at the college’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, just 30 miles from campus.

If you need more convincing, the GC biology program excels at preparing graduates for medical and graduate school. In the last five years, between 90-95 percent of biology majors who applied to graduate school were accepted. On top of that, GC is second in the state for the number of students who go on to earn doctorates! Whether you enter a biology-related career right out of college or choose to further your education in postgraduate studies, Goshen College will give you the skills you need to succeed.

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Faculty

Jody Saylor

Jody Saylor

Associate Professor of Biology

Andy Ammons

Andy Ammons

Associate Professor of Biology, Lindsay Field Researcher

Ryan Sensenig

Ryan Sensenig

Associate Professor of Biological & Environmental Science, ES Program Director

Kris Schmidt

Kris Schmidt

Assistant Professor of Biology

Larry Yoder

Larry Yoder

Adjunct Professor of Biology


Elizabeth Zinn

Elizabeth Zinn

Asst Professor & Environmental Educator, Sustainability and Environmental Education Department (SEED)


Julie Reese

Julie Reese

Professor of Psychology

Dan Smith

Dan Smith

Professor of Chemistry

Doug Schirch

Doug Schirch

Professor of Chemistry

Bill Minter

Bill Minter

Associate Professor of Environmental Science


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