Biology Department

Biology — the science of life — is dynamic and diverse. Each living thing is an amazingly complex system. From our bodies to the viruses that infect us, from vast oceans to minute bacteria, each interacts with other living things in complex ways.

Biology majors at Seattle Pacific University graduate with a broad understanding of living organisms. Through immersion in scientific inquiry and problem solving, you’ll develop fundamental skills and knowledge for entering a wide range of careers, including those in medicine, environmental science, research, and teaching.

We offer six undergraduate Biology majors. Whichever one you choose, you’ll benefit from a robust program emphasizing hands-on research.

We offer a Biology minor, which gives you a scientific frame of reference to complement just about any major the University offers.

Our urban location near Seattle’s biotechnology hub offers you opportunities for mentors and internships. You can also perform research through our Summer Research Program and present your research findings at local conferences.

Biology News

Biology students win awards at SPU's annual Erickson Conference

Nearly 40 Biology department students were among the presenters at the 15th Erickson Undergraduate Research Conference on Friday, May 12. The presented research reflects a broad spectrum of biology, including human physiology, ecology, animal behavior, molecular biology, cell biology and genetics. Four research projects were honored with awards for Best Oral and Best Poster presentations.

Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler wins Women in Science award from St. Catherine's University

Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Associate Professor of Biology, was honored with the Women in Science Frame-Shifter Award by the Department of Biology at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  This award recognizes young women scientists who have contributed to "groundbreaking" research in their field.  Dr. Wall-Scheffler was recognized for her "innovative anthropological research on the relationships between energetics, load carrying, locomotion, and sexual dimorphism."  Dr. Wall-Scheffler traveled to St. Catherine University during the first week of May as a Visiting Scholar, where she was presented with the award, gave a public presentation describing her research, and interacted with students and faculty.  St. Catherine's Department of Biology tweeted a photo of the presentation of the award to Dr. Wall-Scheffler.  Congratulations, Dr. Wall-Scheffler!

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Global Health Is Our Health

When a confirmed infectious disease pandemic breaks out, Seattle Pacific’s emergency team swings into action, even if the outbreak is 7,000 miles away in Hong Kong.

Med School Acceptance Rates

Over the last five years, SPU premed students have achieved an average acceptance rate into medical school of 90 percent — far exceeding the 50 percent national average.

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Faith, science, and mentorship came together for SPU biochemistry student Dylan Marashi and Dr. Max Hunter. 

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