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

Sarah Daman presents at Wildlife Society conference

Sarah Daman (BS Ecology 2021) presented research done in collaboration with Enoch Tham (BS Ecology 2019) and Professors of Biology, Ryan Ferrer and Eric Long, at the annual meeting of the Wildlife Society in Spokane, WA, November 7 - 10, 2022. The research, titled “Forest succession induces long-term decline in an island population of black-tailed deer", documented the long-term impact of changes in forestation and foraging on the density of deer on Blakely Island, WA.

Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler honored with scientific research award

At the annual Murdock College Science Research Conference November 11-12, 2022, in Vancouver, WA, Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Professor of Biology, who was honored with the 2022 Lynnwood W. Swanson Scientific Research Award. This award recognizes outstanding, nationally-recognized research that extensively involves undergraduate student researchers.  Congratulations to Dr. Wall-Scheffler!

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The Seattle Pacific University campus in a 360 circular globe

Visit Eaton Hall

Visit the Eaton Hall lobby without leaving home through SPU’s new 360 Virtual Tour. You can also tour Eaton Hall’s lecture hall.


Welcome to Biology!

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

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.