biology student and teacher


Biology is the science of life.

Each living thing is an amazingly complex system -- from the human body to the viruses that infect them, from giant redwood trees to single-celled bacteria -- and each interacts with other living things in complex ways. By employing a curriculum that emphasizes scientific inquiry and problem-solving, Gonzaga's Biology Department aims to develop in you the fundamental skills and knowledge for entering a wide range of careers, including those in medicine, environmental science, research and teaching.

We have a long history of providing high-quality science education in both the classroom and the research lab and have been recognized by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which has awarded the Department competitive grants for its innovations in undergraduate education and research. Our department is among a small group of universities across the country that involves all introductory biology students in authentic discovery-based research.

Graduates of our program pursue a variety of interests and passions upon graduation, including medical school, PhD programs in specialties such as molecular biology, conservation ecology, and neurobiology, and a number of graduates are selected for prestigious volunteer posts with the Peace Corps, Teach for America, and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Undergraduate Research

Students have the opportunity to enhance their college experience through independent research in a faculty mentor's laboratory.

Why I Teach

Kirk Anders, Professor of Biology, reflects on his experiences with Gonzaga University’s biology program.

Pre-Health Professions

A guide for Gonzaga students interested in health science careers.

Want to Contact the Biology Department?

502 E. Boone Avenue, AD 5
Spokane, WA
(509) 313-6687