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

SPU alumna awarded prestigious research fellowship

SPU graduate Amber (Givens) Habowski (BS Cell & Molecular Biology '14), was named a Stanley Behrens Fellow in Medicine at the University of California - Irvine, where she is a 4th-year doctoral student. The award recognizes Amber's "engagement in novel translational research with the potential to advance human well-being or otherwise make a significant impact in the community." Amber is pursuing ground-breaking research, using organoids (miniature organs grown in culture) to study the molecular basis of colon cancer. Amber is also the program director of the Youth Science Fellowship program, providing mentoring opportunities for Orange Co., CA high school students interested in STEM careers. While at SPU, Amber conducted research with Dr. Richard Ridgway in the Biology Department.

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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 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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