FACULTY: Janet Kay Bester-Meredith, Cynthia Rae Bishop, Bruce David Congdon, Ryan Ferrer, Cynthia Fitch, Eric Shaffer Long, Timothy Alan Nelson, Charlotte W Pratt, Richard L Ridgway, Cara Michel Wall-Scheffler, Derek William Wood
The primary goals of the Department of Biology are (1) to cultivate students who understand and respect scientific approaches to the study of life; (2) to produce graduates who demonstrate excellence in their scientific training; (3) to prepare graduates to think critically, to communicate biological principles effectively, and to make informed decisions based on a solid understanding of science and their Christian worldview; and (4) to embolden faculty and students to lead lives of grace-filled wholeness, and personal and professional integrity.
Admission to the Major
Requirements for the Biology Major
B.S. in Biology
Option II: Emphasis in Human Biology
Option III: Emphasis in Biotechnology/Molecular Biology
Option IV: Emphasis in Ecology
Students interested in graduate school should consult with their advisor as to whether coursework beyond degree requirements (e.g., physics, cell biology, etc.) would be appropriate. BIO 4950 Special Topics in Biology may be used to meet certain stated requirements if the topic is determined to be appropriate by the Deptartment of Biology in advance. For example, BIO 4950 Introduction to GIS can substitute for a quantitative supporting course. As a part of either core requirements or electives, students are required to take a minimum of 3 credits of field biology, taught primarily in the field and emphasizing field methods. Seattle Pacific field biology courses are BIO 4117, BIO 4735, BIO 4740, BIO 4744, BIO 4810, BIO 4815, BIO 4820, BIO 4825, BIO 4830, BIO 4835, BIO 4880, and BIO 4950. An undergraduate research project is required for graduation. Each student will collaborate with a faculty member on an investigation that requires a formal proposal (BIO 4978 Biological Research Proposal), and original research and presentation of results (BIO 4979).
B.A. in Biology
Admission to the Minor
Blakely Island Field Station
Courses offered at Blakely Island Field Station
BIO 1100 Biological Science (5) Intended for non-biology majors. Emphasis varies quarterly: human nutrition, human biology, human genetics, environmental biology, biological diversity, marine biology, and others. Basic concepts include the chemistry of living things, their structure and function, and their interactions with the environment. Applications to current issues are considered from a Christian perspective. No credit will be given for students who have taken BIO 2101, 2102, 2103, 2129, 2130, or who have advanced placement biology credit. Also offered at Blakely Island Field Station and as a study tour. Attributes: Biological Sciences.
BIO 4117 Birds of the Pacific Northwest (5) Prerequisite: BIO 2102. Study of birds common to the Puget Sound area and adjacent regions. Class activities include field observations, lectures, library research, and laboratory study. Offered alternate years; includes field trips to Blakely campus and other locales. Extra fee. Attribute: Upper-Division.
BIO 4735 Marine Biology (5) Prerequisites: BIO 2102, 2103. Study of the marine environment and the identification, unique features, and natural history of the organisms inhabiting it. Extra fee. Attribute: Upper-Division.
BIO 4740 Marine Invertebrate Zoology (5) Prerequisite: BIO 2102. Provides a field and laboratory course emphasizing identification, life histories, habitats, and interrelationships of Pacific Northwest marine invertebrates. Includes laboratory. Normally taught Summer Quarter at Blakely Island. Extra fee. Attribute: Upper-Division.
BIO 4744 Marine Botany (5) Prerequisite: BIO 2103. Provides a field and laboratory course emphasizing identification, life histories, habitats, and interrelationships of marine plants with emphasis on local flora and Blakely Island. Includes laboratory. Normally taught in summer at Blakely Island Field Station. Extra fee. Attribute: Upper-Division.
BIO 4810 Marine Ecology (1-5) Prerequisites: BIO 2102, 2103. Considers recent advances in marine ecology. Symbioses, predation, herbivory, and interactions with the physical environment will be emphasized. Laboratory and field work will include the application of ecological techniques to a specific problem and will include the writing of reports describing the results. Offered during the Summer Quarter at Blakely Island Field Station. Extra fee. Attributes: Upper-Division; and Writing "W" Course.
BIO 4815 Aquatic Ecology (5) Prerequisite: BIO 2102. Introduces students to the biology of freshwater organisms. The physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of flowing and standing water habitats will be studied. The field and laboratory work will focus on lakes, streams, and marshes. Offered Summer Quarter at Blakely Island Field Station. Extra fee. Attribute: Upper-Division.
BIO 4820 Ecomorphology (5) Prerequisite: BIO 2102. Provides an introduction to the study of ecological morphology. Relationships between the environment and the structure, functional design, and behavior of organisms are examined through a combination of lectures, laboratory work, and field observations. Offered Summer Quarter at Blakely Island Field Station. Extra Fee. Attribute: Upper-Division.
BIO 4825 Forest Ecology (5) Prerequisite: BIO 2103. Examines the organisms that comprise the forest ecosystem and their interaction with the physical environment. Emphasis will be placed on field study of forest community composition and the forest as a biologically modified habitat. Normally offered Summer Quarter at Blakely Island Field Station. Extra fee. Attribute: Upper-Division.
BIO 4830 Ecological Restoration Workshop (2) A workshop providing practical experience in restoring damaged forest or wetland sites on Blakely Island, combined with readings and discussions of technical, social, and spiritual issues related to the emerging interdisciplinary area of ecological restoration. Normally offered Summer Quarter at Blakely Island Field Station. Extra Fee. Attribute: Upper-Division.
BIO 4880 Blakely Field Studies (1-5) Provides a brief (e.g., weekend) field learning experience focusing on a single aspect of the Blakely Island environment, such as fresh water, marine, or terrestrial habitats. Offered at Blakely Island Field Station. Extra fee. Course may only be repeated for credit if a different topic is studied. May be repeated for credit up to 5 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division.