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

Program Highlights

  • Personal attention: A senior research project is completed with a faculty member and presented via oral presentation to peers
  • A required seminar course designed to develop critical thinking and writing skills through peer-reviewed scientific papers
  • Upper division course labs that are taught by the professor who teaches the lecture
  • 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
  • Entire faculty attend workshops in life sciences education to continually improve teaching methods and curriculum
  • New courses in bioinformatics, medical botany and evolution
  • Research, internships, and study abroad

    In addition to Biology majors have the opportunity to participate in internship programs 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
    • Department of Natural Resources
    • Department of Revenue
    • Microsoft
    • Saint Peter's Hospital
    • Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction at Oregon Health and Science University
    • Fred Hutchinson
    • Physical Therapy Practices
    • Regional Fish Hatcheries
    • Weyerhaeuser
    • Wolf Haven International
  • Career paths

    Students from Saint Martin’s have gone on to graduate programs in biology and chemistry; been accepted to professional programs in physical therapy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, teaching, physicians’ assistant (P.A.), Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) and medical doctor (M.D.) programs.

    Graduates of the University's biology program will be prepared for:

    A variety of careers in the biological sciences including:

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

    Specialized investigation leading to graduate degrees in biology.
    Admission into professional healthcare graduate programs including:

    • Medical
    • Dental
    • Pharmacy
    • Physical therapy
    • Chiropractic schools

    For a complete list of professional applications, visit "What Can I Do With This Major?". For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

  • Recent biology graduates pursuing advanced degrees

    Graduates of the Saint Martin's Biology Program have gone on to graduate and professional programs at:

    • University of Washington
    • Washington State University
    • Oregon Health and Science University
    • University of Virginia, Biomedical Program
    • Central Washington University
    • Eastern Washington University, Physical Therapy doctoral program
    • Ohio State University veterinary school
    • Many more...

    In addition, our graduates are accepted at medical schools across the U.S.

  • Recent student projects

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

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

    Student-led projects have included:

    • Paramecium growth in local water sources
    • How English Ivy alters soil characteristics
    • Microbial competition
    • And much more!

Requirements

Major

  • 40 semester hours of CORE requirements
  • 35 semester hours of lower-division courses
  • 30 semester hours of upper-division courses
  • 18 semester hours recommended to pursue graduate studies
  • Lower-Division courses (39 semester hours)
    BIO 141General Biology I with Laboratory
    BIO 142General Biology II with Laboratory
    CHM 141General Chemistry with Laboratory
    CHM 142General Chemistry with Laboratory
    CHM 201Organic Chemistry I with Laboritory (or equivalent)
    MTHTwo mathematics courses
    PHY 141General Physics with Laboratory
    PHY 142General Physics with Laboratory

     

  • Upper-Division courses (30 semester hours)

    In addition to Senior Seminar courses (6 semester hours), you must select at least one course from each category (adding up to at least 24 semester hours) in order to meet Upper-Division course requirements (30 semester hours total):

    BIO 400Senior Seminar (2 semester hours)
    BIO 401Senior Seminar Research (4 semester hours)
    Molecular/cellular biologyBIO 352: Advanced Microbiology
    BIO 370: Cell Biology
    -or-
    BIO 375: Genetics with Laboratory
    Organismal BiologyBIO 305: Botany with Laboratory 
    BIO 314: Invertebrate Zoology with Laboratory
    BIO 328: Anatomy and Physiology I
    BIO 351: Microbiology with Laboratory
    -or-
    BIO 382: Vertebrate Embryology
    EcologyBIO 310: Marine Biology with Laboratory
    BIO 350: Microbial Ecology
    BIO 358: Ecology
    BIO 359: Field Ecology
    Remaining semester hours chosen from:BIO 305: Botany with Laboratory
    BIO 307: Medical Botany with Laboratory
    BIO 310: Marine Biology with Laboratory
    BIO 314: Invertebrate Zoology with Laboratory
    BIO 328: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    BIO 329: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    BIO 330: Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
    BIO 344: Evolution
    BIO 350: Microbial Ecology
    BIO 351: Microbiology with Laboratory
    BIO 352: Advanced Microbiology
    BIO 358: Ecology
    BIO 359: Field Ecology
    BIO 360: Advanced Ecology
    BIO 370: Cell Biology
    BIO 382: Vertebrate Embryology
    BIO 390: Internship
    BIO 395 Special Topics
    BIO 397: Directed Study
    BIO 399: Biological Research and Data Presentation
    CHM 362: Biochemistry

     

Minor

  • Eight semester hours of lower-division courses
  • 14 semester hours of upper-division courses
  • Upper-Division courses (14 semester hours)

    In addition to BIO375: Genetics with Laboratory (4 semester hours), you must select additional biology courses (adding up to at least 10 semester hours) in order to meet Upper-Division course requirements (14 semester hours total):

    BIO 375Genetics with Laboratory
    BIO courses (10 semester hours)
    *excluding BIO390, BIO401 and BIO402
    BIO 305: Botany with Laboratory
    BIO 310: Marine Biology with Laboratory
    BIO 314: Invertebrate Zoology with Laboratory
    BIO 326: Anatomy/Physiology I
    BIO 329: Anatomy/Physiology II
    BIO 350: Microbial Ecology
    BIO 351: Microbiology with Laboratory
    BIO 352: Advanced Microbiology
    BIO 358: Ecology
    BIO 359: Field Ecology
    BIO 360: Advanced Ecology
    BIO 370: Cell Biology
    BIO 382: Vertebrate Embryology
    BIO 395: Special Topics
    BIO 397: Directed Study
    BIO 399: Research

     

Faculty