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. Cara Wall-Scheffler named 2023 AAAS Fellow

Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Professor of Biology, was named to the 2023 AAAS Fellow class in the Section on Anthropology. The AAAS Fellows is a prestigious honor bestowed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recognizing top scientists in their fields. It is highly ususual for faculty from non-research-intensive (R1) universities to be recognized. This recognition is a testament to Dr. Wall-Scheffler's transformative research, and demonstrates that high-quality research with undergraduate students is not only possible, but necessary. More information on the AAAS Fellows honor is available here. Congratulations, Dr. Wall-Scheffler!

Biology Department is represented at the 2024 American Association of Biological Anthropologists meeting

Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Professor of Biology, along with current student Eloisa Nguyen (BS Physiology, 2024) and alumna Yu-Jin Youn (BS Physiology, 2023), presented research at the 2024 American Association of Biological Anthropologists conference in Los Angeles. Dr. Wall-Scheffler served as a member of the conference planning committee and symposium organizer, as well.

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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.