Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Major


If you have a passion for biology and want to explore the subject in greater depth, our Molecular Biology & Biochemistry major is perfect for you. Students pursuing this major will develop a fundamental understanding of cell biology, computational biology, and developmental biology, focusing on events that occur at the cellular and biochemical levels. This approach will prepare you with a solid foundation for a wide range of careers in the health professions and further study in graduate programs and professional schools.

Follow a Methodical and Interdisciplinary Study of Biological Sciences

Molecular biologists research and study living cells, their functions, and the complex molecules that make them work. They use this knowledge in genetic engineering and molecular genetics to find new ways to treat or prevent diseases. Through this major you will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members who are leaders in their field, and you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

Biology department graduates have made successful careers as doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physical therapists, and veterinarians, among other professions.

How Goshen College Prepares Students for the Future of Healthcare

We are a community of student scholars, researchers, and academics pursuing a rigorous and multidisciplinary approach to cell biology, biological interactions, and biological macromolecules, with an emphasis on events that take place at the cellular and biochemical levels. Our science education, life sciences, and biology courses prepare students to become world-class scientists, doctors, and other types of health professionals. Most students interested in working as health professionals (in medicinedentistryphysical therapypharmacy, and veterinary) choose this major.

The molecular biology and biochemistry program core courses and elective courses aim to provide you with an excellent education in this field within the setting of a broader multidisciplinary education. Students in this program will:

  • Be involved in hands-on and experiential learning that will focus on the biochemical and genetic pathways necessary for life.
  • Use advanced molecular biology and biochemical tools.
  • Apply hypothesis and research-driven approaches to answer complex biological problems throughout the program until their senior thesis.
  • Be involved in internship programs and undergraduate research experiences with faculty.
  • Examine the crucial role that molecular biology and biochemistry studies contribute to our understanding of disease.

Get Into the Medical or Graduate School of Your Choice

Our graduates have an excellent track record of getting into their choice of medical and graduate schools. We have had a more than 90 percent medical school acceptance rate in recent years. If you are interested in pursuing a career in the health professions, a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry is a great choice.

Become a world-class scientist, doctor, or health professional

The Molecular Biology & Biochemistry major at Goshen College will prepare you for a wide range of careers in the health professions and further study in graduate school. With a focus on events that occur at the cellular and biochemical levels, you will develop a fundamental understanding of biological studies that will serve you well in your chosen field.

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Neil Detweiler

Assistant Professor of Biology
Director of Pre-Health Programs

Andy Ammons

Professor of Biology

Dan Smith

Professor of Chemistry

Doug Schirch

Professor of Chemistry

Jody Saylor

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Raquel Montanez-Gonzalez

Assistant Professor of Biology