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

Symone Tran earns Falcon Award for Excellence

Symone Tran (BS Applied Human Biology '19) was honored as a recipient of the 2019 Falcon Award for Excellence.  This award recognizes student-athletes who have excelled academically and athletically, and who have made a positive contribution to their community.  Symone was a star setter on SPU's Volleyball team for four years, and has excelled as a major in Applied Human Biology (with a minor in Chemistry).  Congratulations to Symone!

Biology students honored by University Ministries

Two Biology students were honored at a special University Ministries awards luncheon on May 14, 2019.

The Barnabas Leadership Award is given to four juniors who demonstrate "servanthood", through Christian character and service to SPU and the greater community. Shun-Je Bhark (BS Cellular and Molecular Biology, '20) was honored for his extensive service to SPU, particularly as a Teaching Assistant, Learning Assistant and Laboratory Prepper in the Biology department. Shun-Je was described by his nominator as having "a unique blend of academic excellence, humility and kindness."

University Ministries also inaugurated a new award, the Perkins Center Prize, to encourage students to learn about the work of Dr. John Perkins, and to explore practical ways toward reconciliation. Katelyn Banks (BS Physiology '20) was one of two students awarded this prize, for her proposal for a campus-wide "Homeless Engagement Week". Katelyn's proposal was motivated by the question, "How can we claim to love our neighbor if we do not know them?", and is based on her extensive volunteer work with the Bridge Care Center in Ballard.

Congratulations to both Shun-Je and Katelyn!

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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.

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

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