University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

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Science & Engineering Profile

Keeping a keen eye toward the future

Named after a Pacific Ocean inlet, the University of Puget Sound is a liberal arts college located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. For over 125 years, the University has offered courses that embrace the ever-changing landscape of human knowledge and endeavor. Our approach to liberal arts is interdisciplinary and innovative, with more than 50 areas of study, including Business & Leadership, Environmental Policy & Decision Making, Global Development Studies, Health Sciences, and Music. An 11:1 student-faculty ratio means students receive a lot of personal attention from professors who collectively teach 1,200 classes each year. Teaching is a priority of our faculty members; they take a collaborative approach to learning and are generous with their time.

At Puget Sound, we’re focused on the present while keeping a keen eye toward the future. We know that learning is both practical and theoretical, and the journey and the destination are equally important. We recognize there’s room for big ideas in small classes. We draw strength from our differences and value authentic relationships built with peers and professors. We challenge students to own their learning under the guidance of faculty who take pride in being accessible and supportive inside and outside the classroom.

The academic experience at Puget Sound means more than just classes—it extends far beyond the classroom and individual programs. Independent research opportunities abound on campus, and students can choose to study abroad in more than 40 countries. Whatever academic paths Puget Sound students choose to pursue, they all lead to new heights of expansive knowledge and personal discovery.

Science at Puget Sound
Study the sciences in our highly regarded undergraduate and graduate programs, taking advantage of connections with local health care systems, a health professions advising programs with a 90% placement rate, funded student summer research opportunities, and access to state-of-the art laboratories and equipment. Puget Sound was recently named a best college for women pursuing graduate work in STEM fields.



A leading national institution for women who go on to earn doctoral degrees in STEM subjects, according to research by the Council of Independent Colleges and NORC at The University of Chicago (2019)


One of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives.”


Named a “best value” school | U.S. News & World Report (2019, 2022)


Named one of the Best 387 Colleges and Best Regional Colleges | The Princeton Review, 2021


Ranked a top 35 best overall university in the West | Forbes

Science & Engineering Programs

• Biology | major, minor
• Chemistry | major, minor
• Computer Science | major, minor
• Dual-Degree Engineering
• Exercise Science | major, minor
• Geology | major, minor
• Interdisciplinary Bioethics Emphasis
• Mathematics | major, minor
• Natural Science | major
• Neuroscience | minor
• Physics | major, minor
• Science, Technology, & Society | major, minor


An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “My favorite academic experience was [my] anatomy [course] because I would go into office hours and get extra help from the lab assistants and my professor. I learned how to study the best for that class and also got one-on-one time with my professor.”

    • Anonymous
      Exercise Science | Palo Alto, California
  • “Being a Logger means never being complacent because there’s always room for improvement.”

    • Aldrin Villahermosa II ’21
      Exercise Science | Waipahu, Hawai’i
  • “As a student I recognized the importance of taking advantage of as many opportunities as possible to broaden my exposure and develop my resume. I interned for two summers in Washington D.C. with the Census Bureau and State Department. I also worked for the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, a non-profit that does investment in the community...”

    • Jessica Bruce '08