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

Christian Pham receives President's Citation Award

At SPU's Undergraduate Commencement on June 8, 2019, Christian Pham (BS Physiology '19) was named the recipient of the President's Citation Award.  This award is given to one graduating senior who exemplifies the mission and vision of the University, is among those with the highest academic standing, and who has demonstrated high character, outstanding leadership, and service to the Seattle Pacific community.  SPU President Daniel Martin presented Christian with a medallion in recognition of this honor.  Christian is applying to medical school to study to become a physician.  Congratulations to Christian!

Biology faculty honored at Spring Awards Luncheon

At the annual Spring Awards Luncheon, two Biology faculty were honored for their contributions to SPU.  Dr. Elena Brezynski, Assistant Professor of Biology, received the Excellence in Teaching award in recognition of her abilities as a master teacher.  Dr. Richard Ridgway, Associate Professor of Biology, received the Senior Faculty Servant award for his 30 years of service to the university and Biology department.  Congratulations to both Dr. Brezynski and Dr. Ridgway!

Retiring faculty Dr. Rick Ridgway honored at annual BBQ

Associate Professor of Biology Rick Ridgway, an SPU alum who is retiring after 30 years of service as faculty at SPU, was honored by colleagues and students at the annual Biology-Chemistry BBQ on Friday, May 31, 2019.  As part of his many contributions, Dr. Ridgway has been instrumental in obtaining and maintaining all of the research microscopes used in Eaton Hall, including two electron microscopes, two confocal microscopes, and a fluorescence microscope.  To honor Dr. Ridgway's expertise, service and dedication, the imaging suite housing these microscopes was renamed the Ridgway Imaging Suite at a special reveal on May 31.  Dr. Ridgway was also gifted with a memory book, containing photos, letters and reminisces from former students, current students and colleagues.

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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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