The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is dedicated to providing our students with access to research experiences both on and off campus.

Chemistry lab

As a student, you’ll work with the faculty of Seattle Pacific University on research projects as well as taking part in internships and National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) around the country.

The results of these projects are shown nationally and locally at scientific meetings including the American Chemical Society (ACS) National and Regional meetings, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) National meeting.

Our facilities include:

  • Fourier Transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (FT-NMR)
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Ultraviolet Visible Spectroscopy (UV-Vis)
  • Gas Chromatography — Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS)
  • High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS)
  • BIAcore Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR)
  • Probe Sonification
  • Fluorometry
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Fluorescence Microscopy
  • Gel imager

A number of our students are currently working on research projects with the faculty. You can ask any of the faculty for more information about our research and how you can become involved in it.


Murdock College Science Research Conference

The Murdock College Science Research Conference features undergraduate research from universities around the Pacific Northwest, and is a great opportunity to learn from one another. Students who are engaged in research at SPU are often invited to present.


Research Opportunities

Opportunities are available for undergraduates to do research in labs on campus, in local labs, and around the country. Most of the internships are for summer research, although some opportunities are available during the school year.