The biology major will provide you with an understanding of the unifying concepts of biology. You will study a range of topics such as molecular biology, global ecosystems, human biology and the diversity of life. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology will help you gain greater depth of foundational coursework in supporting fields, additional breadth within the major and a research capstone.
- Environmental emphasis - for students with interests in environmental biology.
- Human health emphasis - for students interested in health professions.
- Secondary teaching emphasis - for students interested in teaching secondary biology.
- Individualized emphasis - for students with specific interests which are not offered. Must be approved by the program director.
- Flexibility to craft a major to suit your particular interests
- Off-campus summer and study abroad programs encouraged
- Secondary teaching emphasis offered
Common careers for biologists include teacher, researcher and environmental scientist. Our graduates are also well-prepared for graduate study, including teacher credential programs, master’s and doctoral research.
In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.
Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.
General Education Prerequisites
|BIOL 111||General Biology: Cells and Physiology||4|
|CHEM 103||General Chemistry I||4|
|MATH 210||Calculus I||4|
Required Courses (43 Units)
|BIOL 121||General Biology: Diversity and Ecology||4|
|BIOL 312L||Ecology Lab||0|
|BIOL 332||Human Physiology||4|
|BIOL 441||Cell and Molecular Biology||4|
|BIOL 470||History and Philosophy of Science||3|
|BIOL 485||Senior Seminar||2|
|BIOL 496||Biological Research*||1-3|
|CHEM 104||General Chemistry II||4|
|CHEM 310||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|MATH 311||Statistics for the Natural Sciences||3|
|PHYS 120||General Physics I||4|
*Must be taken for a minimum of 2 units
Environmental Emphasis Courses (15 units minimum)
|BIOL 311||Field Botany||4|
|BIOL 321||Vertebrate Zoology||4|
|BIOL 322||Invertebrate Zoology||4|
|CHEM 340||Environmental Chemistry||4|
Human Health Emphasis Required Courses
Select 16 units from the following
|BIOL 220||Healthcare in the United States||2|
|BIOL 331||Human Anatomy||4|
|BIOL 482||Practicum in Biology||1-3|
|CHEM 311||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 312L||Organic Chemistry Laboratory I||2|
|CHEM 313L||Organic Chemistry Laboratory II||1|
|MATH 220||Calculus II||4|
|General Physics II or|
University Physics II
Other coursework approved by the Biology Program Director
Pre-medical students should enroll in
|PHYS 121||General Physics II|
|CHEM 311||Organic Chemistry II|
Secondary Teaching Emphasis Courses (15 units minimum)
|LA 385||Critical Approaches to Teaching||3|
|PHYS 121||General Physics II||4|
|PHYS 150||Earth Science||3|
|PHYS 160||Space Science||3|
Select 2 additional units of upper-division biology courses. Please see the additional requirements for teacher education candidates listed above for the B.A. in Biology, secondary teaching emphasis.
Individualized Emphasis Courses (15 units minimum)
Electives chosen in consultation with the program director to address specific interests of the student. Courses from field institutes or other institutions may be used. Examples of possible emphases include marine biology, plant science, animal science and bio-psychology.