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.
The 2nd annual BioCORE Scholars Research Symposium was held at SPU on Friday, June 16, to a packed crowd of family and friends, faculty, staff and administrators (including CAS-Sciences Dean Bruce Congdon and SPU President Dan Martin). Seven BioCORE Scholars presented research they conducted in collaboration with Biology department faculty during the week of June 12 - 16. Topics ranged from animal physiology, to human locomotion and behavior, to molecular biology. The Scholars demonstrated a strong grasp of the research questions and results, particularly impressive given the short time-frame of the research experience. Congratulations to all of our scholars on a job well-done!
Michaela Rubenstein (BS Ecology '17) was presented with the Wesley E. Lindgren Award at the University Scholars Program ceremony on June 6, 2017. The Lindgren Award recognizes "the graduating senior who best exemplifies he academic excellence and high standards of service associated with the University Scholars Program." Michaela's research was titled "Effects of ZooTunes Concert Decibel Levels on the Behavior of Five Species at Woodland Park Zoo." She was advised by Dr. Janet Bester-Meredith, Associate Professor of Biology.
Professor of Biology Eric Long presented the Faculty Address at Ivy Cutting 2017. His address, titled "Seven Percent" reminded students that they are in a small minority of people worldwide who have a college degree. Today's graduates have access to a vast scope of knowledge, but through their SPU education, they have learned how to critically assess and apply this knowledge. Dr. Long exhorted graduates to not take their degrees for granted, but to apply their degrees to becoming agents of change.
Students in Dr. Janet Bester-Meredith's Animal Behavior (BIO 3434) course spent the quarter conducting research at the Woodland Park Zoo, working with exhibit keepers to answer questions about the behavior of animals in their care. As part of their culminating course project, students presented their findings to Woodland Park Zoo staff on June 7, 2017.