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

Research by Associate Professor of Biology Cara Wall-Scheffler featured in "Inside Science"

Research conducted by Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Associate Professor of Biology, and SPU graduate Ryan Alcantara (Applied Human Biology '15) was featured in the article "Running with Baby? Researchers Calculate the Extra Effort Needed to Push a Stroller" in Inside Science on Oct. 25, 2016. Wall-Scheffler and Alcantara investigated the energetic costs associated with various forms of running with a stroller, suggesting that running with a stroller resulted in higher energetic cost than running without. Their research could help runners estimate caloric expenditure based on various parameters associated with stroller running. The Inside Science article was inspired by a marathon runner who recently set a new record for the fastest finishing time while pushing a stroller.

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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 85 percent — far exceeding the 50 percent national average.