If you dream of being a world changer in the biotechnology, health care or environmental protection industries, biology may be the best major for you.

Why Saint Martin's University

The Bachelor of Science in biology degree at Saint Martin's University promises students individualized attention in both the classroom and the labs. Students form close relationships with faculty in the classroom, while conducting research, and through academic mentoring.

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Biology program highlights

  • New, state-of-the-art science facilities
  • Personalized career advising
  • Low 1:11 student to faculty ratio and 7:24 lab sizes
  • Participation in student-led, inquiry-based capstone research project
  • Opportunities to be published alongside faculty members in peer-reviewed journals
  • Field experiences, internships and other learning opportunities outside the classroom
  • Professors with expertise in different disciplines including bioinformatics, cell biology, field biology, microbiology, plant molecular biology, marine ecology, and evolution

Hear it from a Saint

"The past four years at Saint Martin's University has really taught me the meaning behind hard work, dedication and perseverance. I realized that even if I didn't always have the confidence in myself, someone else did."
Kari Inch '15

Hands-on-learning experiences with Saint Martin's


Blue Boeing logo on white cloth

Biology majors have the opportunity to intern with a variety of local businesses and organizations including:

  • Boeing
  • The Cascadia Collective (marine animals)
  • Dental and medical offices
  • Department of Agriculture (microbiology lab)
  • Department of Ecology, Fish and Wildlife
  • Microsoft
  • Saint Peter's Hospital

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Students work directly with faculty on a wide range of projects:

  • Algae biofuel production
  • Biofilm formation
  • Ecology research
  • Gene transduction with bacteriophages
  • Oral microbiology
  • Microbial fuel-cells

Past student-led projects include:

  • Paramecium growth in local water sources
  • How English ivy alters soil characteristics
  • Microbial competition

Study abroad

Saint Martin's University biology student swims with a whale shark in Australia

Saint Martin's students have the opportunity to continue studying biology abroad with:

"Although studying abroad can be a little scary at first, it is so worth it. Without this opportunity, I wouldn't know what Australia was like, let alone what it would be like to swim with some of the most fascinating animals in the ocean."
Kari Inch ' 15, Biology

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Tour our new state-of-the-art science building

Ernsdorff Tour

Biology careers

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Graduates of the University's biology program will be prepared for a variety of careers in the biological sciences including:

  • Agriculture
  • Biotechnology and bioinformatics
  • Botany
  • Environmental protection
  • Genetics
  • Marine biology
  • Research and development
  • State and federal government

Saint Martin's graduates

Two hands wearing protective gloves put a dropper of liquid into a tray of test tubes in a science lab

Graduates of the Saint Martin's biology program have gone on to graduate and attend professional programs at:

  • Eastern Washington University (physical therapy doctoral program)
  • Ohio State University (veterinary school)
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • University of Virginia (biomedical program)
  • University of Washington
  • Washington State University

Career mentoring

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The Career Center is here every step of the way to help you define your career goals and objectives as they relate to future employment or graduate school opportunities. Career planning begins when you enter Saint Martin's and continues through graduation and throught your life. From first-year in to forty years out, we are privileged to serve all our Saints.

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Who to Contact

Aaron Coby, Ph.D.

Aaron Coby, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Professor, Biology and Environmental Studies,

Biology program requirements


  • University core requirements
  • 39 semester hours of lower-division courses
  • 30 semester hours of upper-division courses
  • 24 semester hours, including at least one course each in:
    • Ecology
    • Molecular/cellular biology
    • Organismal biology


  • Eight semester hours of lower-division courses
  • 14 semester hours of upper-division courses

2021-2022 academic catalog

Popular biology courses

  • Evolution
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Invertebrate zoology
  • Marine biology
  • Medical botany

Saint stories

Children from the Lacey Boys and Girls Club and a Saint Martin's student at the Nisqually River estuary

Encouraging young conservationists

"Some of these kids could make careers out of this or find their passion in other ways, but it's a great opportunity all around to help out the younger generation."

Netania Craig Biology Class of 2017

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