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.

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. Cara Wall-Scheffler to present at Paul T. Walls Lecture May 4 and 5, 2016

Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Associate Professor of Biology, will be presenting in two events related to the annual Paul T. Walls Lecture.

Wed., May 4 at 7:00 pm in First Free Methodist Church: Dr. Rob Wall (Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies), Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler and Dr. Randy Maddox, William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Duke Divinity School) will present on "The Evolution of God’s New Creation.

Thurs., May 5 at 3:00 pm in Otto Miller 109: Dr. Wall, Dr. Wall-Scheffler and Dr. Maddox will engage with students' questions in a session on "Faith and Science Dialogue in Action".

Both events are free and open to all!

SPU PPHS Club to hold Pre-health Graduate School Fair

The PPHS Club's annual Pre-Health Graduate School Fair will be held on Monday, May 9 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm in Upper Gwinn. This event is an excellent opportunity to network with representatives from graduate schools in a variety of health-related careers, and to learn more about the admissions process.

SPU Biology Club to hold annual Bone Marrow Registration Drive and Diabetes Awareness event

The SPU Biology Club's Annual Bone Marrow Registration Drive and Diabetes Awareness Event will be held Thursday and Friday, May 12th & 13th, 2016, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm in the SUB Gazebo Room. Through this annual event, hundreds of students have been added to bone marrow registries. Several student donors have provided life-saving bone marrow and peripheral blood to patients in need. Volunteers are needed to help register donors. Please sign up to volunteer at

Registration for Blakely Island Summer Courses opens May 2

During the Summer 2016 quarter, Blakely Island Field Station will again offer courses for both Biology majors and non-majors. Details about the courses are available on the BIFS Website.

Registration for Blakely courses runs on Banner from May 2 until June 1. Alternatively, you can also register for these courses by completing the downloadable registration form. Course fees, including tuition, room, board, and transportation to Blakely Island, are approximately $3700, depending on the course. (The 3-credit GIS course will cost about $2400.)

Limited financial aid is available from the field station. Financial aid applications can be downloaded from the BIFS website. The ordinary deadline for financial aid applications is May 1st, but can be extended if needed. All questions about Blakely Island courses or financial aid should be directed to Dr. Eric Long (acting director of Blakely Island Field Station while Dr. Nelson is on sabbatical.

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