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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

Congratulations to our Erickson award winners!

At the Erickson Undergraduate Research Conference on May 15, 2015, several Biology students took home awards for their presentations. Among the Biology oral presentations, Erin Apple and Quinton Ouellete were recognized as the Best Oral Presentation for their talk, "Thermoregulation variation in women during different phases of the menstrual cycle." They were mentored by Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler.

Two posters were awarded Best Poster Presentation: Jann Michael Macarulary and Kathryn Ushimaru won for their poster, "GIMO: Creation of transgenic P. berghei parasites expressing P. falciparum gene of interest ortholog for the prevention of liver stage development" (mentored by Dr. Ashley Vaughan at Seattle Biomed, and Dr. Elena Brezynski). Haley Vincent won for her poster, "The indirect effects of sea star wasting syndrome on Mytilus edulis" (mentored by Dr. Ryan Ferrer).

Congratulations to our awardees, and to all of our students who demonstrated their outstanding research at this year's conference!

Please join us for the annual year-end Biology-Chemistry BBQ and Picnic on Monday, June 8th, at 4:30 pm

Please plan on attending the annual barbeque hosted by the Biology and Chemistry departments on MONDAY, JUNE 8th at 4:30 pm. If you’d like to attend, please sign up on the sheet that is located on the counter of the main office in Eaton Hall (room 102).

In addition to FREE food, games, and awards, a highlight of the barbeque is the auction of a Kaplan test-preparation course starting at a substantial discount! Bids for this $2300 course begin at only $1,000.

If you are interested in bidding, please write your bid on the bid sheet, which is located on the counter of the main office in Eaton Hall (room 102). Bidding will end during the annual barbeque and the winner will be announced during the award ceremony.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the barbecue!

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