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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Biology Program Distinctives

Collaborative skills are essential in any biological career

By joining our department you will learn from other students and professors alike. And they will learn from you. The department organizes the Biology Coffee Hour and a special Science Speaker Lecture Mini-Series to kick off our Departmental Research Project. Through biology picnics and internship presentation events you will not only connect to a community of scholars, you will have fun doing it!

Research helps students understand the process of science

Through weekly 3-hour labs in each of your courses you will gain the skills of a biologist. As a junior you will collaborate with a team of colleagues to design, implement and analyze an independently designed research project – which will serve as your senior thesis project.

Interdisciplinary approaches are required to solve complex problems

Our students benefit from the expertise of faculty in chemistry, physics and other departments across campus. Faculty collaborate in research (e.g. pigeon genetics, soil diversity in prairies, photobioreactors), in addition to engaging in dialogue about bioethics and science and religion during Interdisciplinary Forum events and the annual Science & Religion Conference.

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Faculty & Staff

Ryan Sensenig

Professor of Biological & Environmental Science
ES Program Director
& Lindsay Teaching Fellow

Neil Detweiler

Assistant Professor of Biology
Director of Pre-Health Programs

Andy Ammons

Professor of Biology

Jody Saylor

Associate Professor of Biology

John Mischler

Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Education & Director of ASI

Dan Smith

Professor of Chemistry

Doug Schirch

Professor of Chemistry

Julie Reese

Professor of Psychology

Bill Minter

Associate Professor of Environmental Science