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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

SPU Greenhouse to hold plant sale May 7 and 8

Need some more green in your life? Want to spruce up that dorm room? Feeling low on oxygen? Well – have I got a deal for you! On May 7 and 8, from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, the SPU greenhouse will be conducting its annual plant sale. Come peruse these photosynthetic gems performing biochemical feats animals can only dream of! Then, you can pick out your very own plant(s) to tend and keep! All proceeds of the sale go to local charities, so what’s not to love?

SPU Bone Marrow Drive and Diabetes Awareness Event will be May 7 - 8, 2015

The SPU Biology Club will once again host its annual Bone Marrow Drive and Diabetes Awareness Event, May 7 - 8, 2015. This has truly been a life-saving event. From the 2014 drive, there have been 14 matches and 2 donations. Be sure to mark your calendars!

Dr. Deborah Haarsma to speak about God and the Universe

Dr. Deborah Haarsma, an astrophysicist and president of BioLogos, will speak at a forum sponsored by the University of Washington's Graduate Christian Fellowship, entitled "The heavens declare the glory of God." The presentation will be on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm at University Presbyterian Church (4540 15th Ave NE, Seattle). Dr. Haarsma will discuss recent advances in astronomy (such as the discovery of exoplanets), and connect these discoveries to our understanding of the God of the Bible. Questions about Dr. Haarsma's visit to Seattle can be directed to Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler.

Bowling with the Professors

Students, here is your opportunity to demonstrate your bowling prowess! Join the Biology and Chemistry departments' students and faculty for an evening of bowling at West Seattle Bowl on Friday, May 8, 2015 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm. We will meet at 6:50 pm in the Eaton Hall lobby to carpool over. The cost is $5.00 per person. This event is hosted by the American Chemical Society Club. Hope to see you there!

West Seattle Bowl, 4505 39th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

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