Biology, B.A. Secondary Teaching Emphasis

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The secondary teaching emphasis will guide you to becoming a teacher in the field of biology.

Teacher Education Program Information
Students who are interested in applying for admission to the teacher education program should refer to the graduate school description of admissions requirements for the program and obtain academic advising from the program at least two semesters prior to completion of their degrees. LA-385: Critical Approaches to Teaching is recommended to students, as it provides school-based experiences with youth.

Career opportunities

This emphasis will prepare you with the knowledge needed to enter a credential program and pursue a career as a biology teacher.

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information

1. Biology (AS-T) to Biology, B.A.

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA co-requisites and major courses fulfilled through ADT:
    • BIOL 111     General Biology: Cells and Physiology (4)
    • BIOL 121     General Biology: Diversity and Ecology (4)
    • CHEM 103    General Chemistry I (4)
    • CHEM 104    General Chemistry II (4)
    • MATH 210    Calculus I (4) [*replaces MATH-140]
  • This program is offered as daytime traditional

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

Course listing

Note: Emphasis courses are additional courses that are to be completed alongside the general education and parent program requirements as dictated by the Fresno Pacific University catalog. Please review the course requirements for baccalaureate programs and the general education summary in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

  • PHYS 120 General Physics I (4)
  • PHYS 150 Earth Science (3)
  • Additional courses in biology, physical sciences or LA 385 Critical Approaches to Teaching to complete 48 units in the major.

Three-Year Degree Option

This academic program is available as a three-year bachelor's degree or as a standard four-year bachelor’s degree. View more information about the three-year option.

Sample Curriculum Map

Below is a sample curriculum map for this program. This map serves as an example of how courses are set up to ensure completion of the degree in three years. The course listing is based on a sample year and follows a fall, spring and summer academic year. Some courses are only offered on odd or even years. An advisor will work with you to create a curriculum map that is unique to you.

Year 1


CP 152Freshman Seminar1
BIB 100Jesus and the Christian Community3
BIOL 111General Biology: Cells and Physiology4
MATH 140Pre-Calculus4
 Written/Oral Communication3
 Total units16


BIOL 121General Biology: Diversity and Ecology4
PHYS 150Earth Science3
 Written/Oral Communication3
PSY 120General Psychology3
HIST 120Ancient Civilizations4
 Total units17


HIST 130Medieval and Early Modern Civilizations4
KIN 120Concepts of Wellness3
HIST 150American Civilization3
 Total units10
Year 2


CHEM 103General Chemistry I4
LA 385Critical Approaches to Teaching3
BIOL 312Ecology4
 Humanities/Social Science3
MATH 205Introductory Statistics3
 Total units17


CHEM 104General Chemistry II4
BIOL 332Human Physiology4
BIOL 370Bioethics3
PST 355Adolescent Development3
 Humanities/Social Science3
 Total units17


HIST 140Modern Civilizations4
 Biblical Literature3
EDUC 638Health Education for Teachers2
 Total units12
Year 3


BIOL 450Genetics4
PHYS 120General Physics4
BIOL 321 or
BIOL 322
Vertebrate Zoology or
Invertebrate Zoology
EDUC 604Foundations of Education4
 Total units16


BIOL 470History and Philosophy of Science3
BIOL 485Senior Seminar in Biology2
THEO 430Contemporary Theology3
 Micro or Botany4
EDUC 605Teaching the Exceptional Learner3
 Total units16

Total Units: 120

Program director

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Andrew T. Sensenig, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Biology B.S.


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Alan Thompson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biology, Program Director, Pharmaceutical Science, Pre-Health Sciences & Biology B.A.

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Michael Kunz, Ph.D.

Program Director, Environmental Science & Environmental Studies

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Maria A. Soria, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biology