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

Dr. Wall-Scheffler publishes co-authored study in the Journal of Human Evolution

Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Professor of Biology, is a co-author on a research article that addresses the hypothesis that dehydration limited persistance hunting (hunting prey to exhaustion) in the extinct hominin Homo erectus. The authors concluded that the duration of persistnce hunting in H. erectus would not be constrained by a need to carry water. The study, performed in conjunction with collaborators at Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic) and Duke University (Durham, NC), appears in the January 2020 issue of the Journal of Human Evolution.

Biology faculty introduce themselves in videos

Under the coordination of Dr. Elena Brezynski, Assistant Professor of Biology, and with the help of David Rither in Educational Technolgy & Media, Biology faculty recorded informational videos to introduce themselves to current and prospective students. In these videos, faculty share their teaching and research interests, describe their educational journeys, and offer advice for success to Biology students. The videos are available on the Faculty pages of the Biology website. The faculty offer many thanks to David for his expertise in recording and editing these videos.

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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 90 percent — far exceeding the 39 percent national average.

Video callout


Faith, science, and mentorship came together for SPU biochemistry student Dylan Marashi and Dr. Max Hunter. 

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