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BIOLOGY DEGREES
BA in Biology
BS in Applied Human Biology
BS in Biology
BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology
BS in Ecology
BS in Physiology
Biology Minor


BIOLOGY

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Biology Department Faculty

The primary goals of the Department of Biology:

  • Cultivate students who understand and respect scientific approaches to
    the study of life.
  • Produce graduates who demonstrate excellence in their scientific training.
  • 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.
  • Embolden faculty and students to lead lives of grace-filled wholeness, and personal and professional integrity.

Admission to the Majors
Admission to one of the Biology majors is ordinarily a two-step process. Students are initially admitted to the Biology Core program (BioCORE). Students accepted to the BioCORE program who have established an appropriate academic record in selected biology courses at SPU may then apply to the biology major of their choice.

Students who are not admitted to the BioCORE program will be advised to take specific courses to better prepare them for success in the biology curriculum. Please see your faculty advisor for more information. Enrollment in certain biology courses will require that a student be admitted to the BioCORE program.

Admission to the BioCORE program can occur in two ways. Early admission may be granted when the student is admitted to the University. Students who are admitted to BioCORE in this manner must maintain the required GPA (see below) in order to be admitted to a Biology major.


Students who are not admitted to BioCORE upon admission to SPU may apply to the program after completing 15 credits of college-level math, chemistry, and/or biology coursework at SPU. Courses in progress during Winter Quarter may count toward this 15-credit minimum. 

Application may be made through the Major or Minor Application form (PDF) and are due the first business day of March. A student must complete the major or minor requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the major or minor. Note that admission to this program is competitive.

Application to a Biology major requires completion of BIO 2101, 2102, and 2103. Successful students must meet the GPA requirements listed in the table below. Transfer students who completed all or part of this course sequence at another institution may apply after completing one 5-credit upper-division biology course (numbered 3000 or higher) at SPU.


Major

Minimum GPA Required in Biology courses at SPU

AS in Biology

2.5

BS in Applied Human Biology*

3.0

BS in Biology

2.5

BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology

2.5

BS in Ecology

2.5

BS in Physiology*

3.0

 

*The GPA for admission to the BS in Physiology and BS in Applied Human Biology is higher since these two degrees are designed for students who seek admission to professional postgraduate training in the health sciences. Such postgraduate programs are competitive and require a high GPA for admission.

Students planning to go to graduate school should generally pursue the BS in Biology, BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology, or the BS in Ecology. These degrees are also valuable for students who do not intend to pursue any graduate-level training. 

Admission to the Minor
Applications for a minor in Biology are considered individually by the biology faculty, but the normal minimum requirement for admission to the Biology minor will be a GPA of 2.0 in biology courses. A student must complete the minor requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the minor.

Description of Majors
The Department of Biology offers a total of six different majors, including a BA degree in Biology, and BS degrees in the following:

  • Applied Human Biology
  • Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology
  • Physiology

The requirements for each major are described below and in the summary tables linked on the left. Students wishing to double major in any combination of the above fields must complete at least 20 credits' worth of work that is unique to each additional major. 

BA in Biology
81 credits; 30 upper-division in biology
This Biology program is designed to provide a broad foundation in biology for liberal arts students and those preparing for the teaching profession at the junior high school or secondary level.

Students preparing for biology teaching careers should become familiar with Washington state endorsement requirements prior to selecting core and elective options.

No more than 6 credits of courses numbered from BIO 4900 through 4999 may be applied to this major.

BS in Applied Human Biology
108 credits; 23 upper-division
This program is designed primarily for those students planning to enter a Physical Therapy doctoral degree program.

This interdisciplinary curriculum will satisfy the basic requirements for entry into physical therapy as outlined by the American Association of Physical Therapists. BIO 3899 is recommended, but not required for this degree. No more than 6 credits of courses numbered from BIO 4900 through 4999 may be applied to this major.

BS in Biology
104 credits; 35 upper-division in biology
This Biology major provides preparation for graduate studies or professional careers in biology.

  • Special emphasis is placed on undergraduate research.
  • A student may choose the core and elective coursework to emphasize botany, cellular and molecular biology, ecology, marine biology, physiology, or zoology, depending upon interests and professional goals.

In addition to the core and supporting requirements indicated below, 12 credits of biology elective courses are also required. Elective courses should be discussed with biology faculty advisors. Students interested in graduate school should consult with their advisor as to whether coursework beyond degree requirements (e.g., physics, MAT 1235) would be appropriate.

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 listed within the major requirements found through the link below.

Similarly, as part of either the core requirements or electives a student is required to take at least one botany course (generally chosen from BIO 3453, 4415, or 4744). 

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). No more than 6 credits of courses numbered from BIO 4900 through 4999 may be applied to this major.

BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology
107 credits; 26–28 upper-division in biology
This Cellular and Molecular Biology program is intended for students interested in cellular and molecular biology who are considering attending graduate school or working as a biologist after graduation. Elective courses should be discussed with biology faculty advisors.

Students interested in graduate school should consult with their advisor as to whether coursework beyond degree requirements (e.g., physics, MAT 1235) would be appropriate.

  • 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).

No more than 6 credits of courses numbered from BIO 4900 through 4999 may be applied to this major. 

BS in Ecology
105 credits, 40 upper-division
This Ecology program is intended for students interested in ecology and related larger-scale sub-disciplines of biology, including marine biology, forestry, fisheries, agriculture, behavioral ecology, wildlife management, etc.

  • Students in this track will most likely be considering attending graduate school or working as a biologist after graduation.
  • Elective courses should be discussed with biology faculty advisors.

Students interested in graduate school should consult with their advisor as to whether coursework beyond degree requirements (e.g., physics, cell biology, MAT 1235, 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 Department of Biology in advance. 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 listed within the major requirements found through the link below. 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). No more than 6 credits of courses numbered from BIO 4900 through 4999 may be applied to this major.

BS in Physiology
105-107 credits; 35 upper-division in biology
The Physiology program is intended for students with an interest in physiology.

  • Provides a sound foundation for pre-professional training for medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, as well as certain other health-related and applied-biology fields.
  • Some students interested in pursuing graduate education in physiology may also choose this major.

Students interested in professional health-science training or graduate school should consult with their advisor as early as possible to determine what other courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics should be taken to meet the demand of the student's individual plans or career goals.

All students in this track must either take one of the specified courses in ethics or complete an Undergraduate Research Project. The course in ethics is strongly recommended for students interested in medical school or other professional health-science training, while the Research Project is essential for students interested in graduate school. No more than 6 credits of courses numbered from BIO 4900 through 4999 may be applied to this major.

Secondary Teacher Certification

Students seeking secondary (junior or senior high school) certification should pursue one of the Biology majors.

Requirements for Secondary Certification

Integrated Studies Major with a concentration in Natural Sciences

(For students seeking K-8 certification)

Students who are planning to obtain Residency Teacher Certification with an endorsement in Elementary Education and are interested in biology must major in the Integrated Studies major with a concentration in natural sciences.

Requirements for Integrated Studies: Natural Sciences Concentration

Requirements for Elementary Certification

Blakely Island Field Station
For information about the program at Blakely Island Field Station, see Special Studies in Academic Programs.

Courses offered at Blakely Island Field Station

BIO 1101 Biological Fundamentals (5)

BIO 3200 GIS in Biology (3)

BIO 4117 Birds of the Pacific Northwest (5)

BIO 4256 Environmental Physiology (5)

BIO 4735 Marine Biology (5)

BIO 4740 Marine Invertebrate Zoology (5)

BIO 4744 Marine Botany (5)

BIO 4810 Marine Ecology (5)

BIO 4815 Aquatic Ecology (5)

BIO 4825 Forest Ecology (5)

BIO 4835 Conservation Biology (5)

BIO 4880 Blakely Field Studies (1-5)

 

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