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

Summer Research Internships

Are you a sophomore or junior (or a senior who will be returning to SPU in the 2016-2017 academic year)? Are you interested in gaining research experence? There are a large number of paid summer research internships available around the United States! This is the time to start searching for opportunities, and submitting applications. Several opportunities have mid-December deadlines, while most have deadlines in mid-January to mid-February. For all of these opportunites, a strong personal statement/statement of purpose is essential. Plan on writing multiple drafts (and having others read and provide feedback) before submitting your application. If you have questions about summer research internships, please feel free to contact Dr. Tenlen (or any other Biology/Chemistry faculty).

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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.