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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

Maya Swinehart leads efforts to establish certified chapter of the Food Recovery Network at SPU

Physiology major Maya Swinehart was featured in a story by KPLU for her leadership in establishing a certified chapter of the Food Recovery Network at SPU. Through the efforts of Maya and her team, leftover food from Dining Services is being recovered to feed the homeless at Peter's Place, a shelter in South Seattle. SPU is now one of three universities in Washington state (and the first private college) involved in the Food Recovery Network. Congratulations, Maya!

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship applications are now available

WSOS supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees. Students must meet additional eligibility criteria.

  • Annual award amount: $2,500 - $7,500 depending on class standing
  • Renewable for up to five years based on credits completed and continued eligibility
  • Recipients receive access to additional workshops, events and exclusive support programs

The application deadline is February 29, 2016.

Faith and Science Club will meet on February 18, 2016 at 11:00 am in Cremona 203

This meeting will address the question, Is professional science hostile to Christian faith? Rachele O'Leary, Clinical Research Coordinator at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will be the guest speaker. Everyone is welcome to attend!

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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.

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