We enable students to explore the wide diversity of life, from the molecular to physiological to ecological.
Beginning in your first year, you will be in the lab and field doing science alongside dedicated and passionate faculty who will help you develop essential skills to carry you into a fulfilling lifelong career.
With our curriculum that emphasizes active, hands-on work and research experience, you will be prepared for a variety of careers related to health, biotechnology, the environment, and beyond.
As a Biology major, you will have the opportunity to embrace your scientific curiosity and passion as you discover more about the living world.
Our BS in Biology and BA in Biology majors offer students a broad education in our field. In contrast, for those of you who currently have specific goals, our BS in Marine and Conservation Biology and BS in Cell and Molecular Biology majors allow students to focus on one area of Biology.
Starting with your first course in our department, our curriculum provides a wide variety of Biology experiences in the field and lab. Over 90% of SU Biology courses have a lab component that is led by a faculty member.
Biology faculty collaborate with students on research projects ranging from songbird behavior to protein structure and function. Located in the bustling research hub that is Seattle, students also have many opportunities to attend seminars, get essential hands-on experience and develop long-lasting connections with important members and institutions of the local scientific community.
In your senior year, you will complete a senior synthesis project that demonstrates a thorough understanding of the field driven by a topic of your choice. Some students base their senior synthesis projects on SU research experiences.
While we are dedicated to helping students learn the essential concepts of science, we involve students in research so they also learn to ‘do science’—the whole messy, challenging, uncertain, embracing, thrilling experience.” – Lindsay Whitlow, PhD, Associate Professor and Department Chair
I chose biology because I am interested in how the body works...from my undergraduate experience at SU and working at Pacific Northwest Research Institute, I have fallen in love with two aspects of scientific research: solving the mystery and applying it in a clinical setting.Tsehay Abebe, BS in Cell and Molecular Biology 2013, MD candidate, Washington University School of Medicine – St. Louis, Missouri