The general education cohort is designed for students who have not taken many college units. By completing this cohort you will be ready to join one of our DC major programs and finish your bachelor's degree.


  • 18-month program 
  • Pre-planned schedule of courses
  • Experienced and highly rated university faculty
  • Cohort groups of 10-25 students to provide maximum interaction and support
  • Cohorts usually meet face-to-face for class one night per week
  • Students from a variety of workplaces, ages and cultural backgrounds

If you have already fulfilled requirements, you may opt out of courses, moving into and out of the open cohort as needed. The schedule is flexible—you choose ten electives. You may expect fifteen hours of instruction per week and thirty hours of homework assignments per week if you participate in the full schedule. Courses are guaranteed to be scheduled. Low enrollment courses may be scheduled online.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of application packet: 
    • Application form 
    • $40 application fee 
    • Official transcripts 
  • Four years post-secondary experience 
  • Minimum 2.4 GPA 
  • International students must have a passing TOEFL score

Course Requirements

Semester 1

  • CP 150: University Success (3 units)
  • Elective (3 units)
  • COM 109: Critical Thinking (3 units)
  • PHYS 151: Geology and Planet Earth (online) (3 units)
  • HIST 122: Western Civilization I (3 units)
  • Elective (3 units)
  • COM 111: Academic Writing (3 units)
  • Elective (3 units)

Semester 2

  • PSY 119: General Psychology (3 units)
  • Elective (3 units)
  • COM 121: Speech Communication (3 units)
  • Elective (3 units)
  • ART 111: Art Appreciation (online) (3 units)
  • BIB 314: Jesus and the Christian Community (3 units)
  • MATH 121: Mathematical Problem Solving (3 units)
  • Elective (3 units)

Semester 3

  • ENV 151: Environmental and Humanity (3 units)
  • Elective (3 units)
  • MUS 104: Music Appreciation (3 units)
  • Elective (3 units)
  • LIT 181 Exploring Literature (3 units)
  • Elective (3 units)
  • HIST 142: Western Civilization II (3 units)
  • Elective (3 units)

Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition: $495 per unit
  • Books: Students purchase their own textbooks.

Financial Aid

Apply online at Include Fresno Pacific University's school code: 001253.

For additional information about financial aid, please see our Student Financial Services section or call 559-453-2041.

This general education program will provide you with a foundation for critical thinking, communication, content knowledge, reflection, moral reasoning, service, culture and global perspective, quantitative reasoning, and information literacy. Upon completion you will be prepared to join one of several DC major programs and finish your bachelor’s degree: Liberal Arts, Early Childhood Development, Criminology & Restorative Justice Studies, Christian Ministry & Leadership, Business Management, Organizational Leadership or Social Work. Program prerequisites may be completed during the 18-month schedule.

Program information, tuition and fees subject to change.