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 seven 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

Erinn Campbell begins graduate studies at Cambridge University

Erinn Campbell (BS Ecology 2020) recently began her studies in the MPhil in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine program at Darwin College, Cambridge University.  Erinn, who was also a University Scholar at SPU and earned a second, self-designed major in the comparative history of ideas, will focus her MPhil research on the history of science communication in Victorian Britain.

Applications for the BioCORE Scholars program are now open

The BioCORE Scholars Program is now accepting applications for students to join its fifth cohort, beginning Winter 2021 quarter. Applicants should be students who have not yet begun the General Biology sequence (BIO 2101/2102/2103). Applications are due by 3 pm on Thurs., October 29, 2020. The BioCORE Scholars Program is a leadership program to build community, promote academic success and create mentoring networks for first-generation college students and students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the biological sciences.

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Welcome to Biology!

Dr. Tracie Delgado, professor of biology, brings us a few words of welcome and introduction as part of Orientation 2020.

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 39 percent national average.