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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.

Opportunities for Students

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

Erickson Conference Registration Deadline is April 15

Registration for the 13th Annual Erickson Undergraduate Research Conference is now open! Any student who has conducted research with faculty at SPU, or off-campus, is welcome and encouraged to present their research. The registration deadline is April 15, 2015.

Blakely Island Field Stations - Summer 2015 Courses

Registration for Blakely Island Field Station summer courses is now open. Information on courses, fees and a link to a tuition reduction grant application, are available on the BIFS website. The tuition reduction grant application is due to Dr. Nelson by May 1, 2015.

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Global Health

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 85 percent — far exceeding the 50 percent national average.