Meet the Dean: Bruce Congdon


Welcome to the Sciences at Seattle Pacific University. Since you made it to this page, you probably have noticed already that the College of Arts and Sciences consists of two divisions, one of which is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and the Social Sciences. 

We believe that with all the differences in the methods of discovery and the nature of knowledge in these areas, all the sciences nevertheless share some important foundations:

  • We are all concerned with a systematic understanding of the world around us, whether political systems or ecosystems.
  • We are all interested in interactions, whether social or chemical.
  • We all want the study of our disciplines to provide the basis for making a positive difference in the world.
  • We are committed to working together, across disciplinary boundaries to prepare our students to thrive and to serve.

Most foundationally, we strive to do all we do to honor our Creator and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and to learn to serve him through our service to others.

I hope you find the information we have online helpful, and I hope you will consider visiting our campus in person to discover this vibrant community on a level that words alone cannot convey.


Bruce Congdon
Dean of the Division of STEM and Social Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences


About Dean Bruce Congdon

Dr. Bruce Congdon is a professor of Biology and dean of the Division of STEM and Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. He holds a PhD in entomology from the University of California, Riverside, an MS from Colorado State University, and a BS from University of the Ozarks.

Dr. Congdon’s teaching and research have been in entomology, acarology, biological control, and botany. From 1995 to 2003, he was director of SPU’s Blakely Island Field Station.