Biology, B.S.

Bachelor of Science
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As a biology major at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll explore big questions and learn to navigate faith and science in your studies. Courses will take you to diverse habitats, from studying the principles of ecology at Kings Canyon National Park to analyzing fish behavior along California’s Central Coast. You'll cover a range of topics, including molecular biology, global ecosystems, human biology and the diversity of life, preparing for a range of careers in science and beyond. Study under professors who have specialized in a wide range of topics, from bacteria to insects to trees to fluid dynamics, and explore opportunities to delve into research projects. With a B.S., you’ll gain greater depth of foundational coursework in the major as you work toward a research capstone.

Highlights

  • Craft a major to suit your particular interests with Environmental, Human Health, Secondary Teaching or an Individualized emphasis.
  • Off-campus summer and study abroad programs encouraged
  • Join the on-campus, environmental 'Shalom Club' to work on the campus garden and take trips around California with classmates.

Career opportunities

Common careers for biologists include teacher, researcher, lab coordinator and environmental scientist. Our graduates are also well-prepared for medical and graduate studies, including teacher credential programs, master’s and doctoral research.

Course listing

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

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL 111General Biology: Cells and Physiology4
CHEM 103General Chemistry I4
MATH 210Calculus I4

Required Courses (43 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL 121General Biology: Diversity and Ecology4
BIOL 370Bioethics3
BIOL 312Ecology4
BIOL 312LEcology Lab0
BIOL 332Human Physiology4
BIOL 441Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL 450Genetics4
BIOL 470History and Philosophy of Science3
BIOL 485Senior Seminar2
BIOL 496Biological Research*1-3
CHEM 104General Chemistry II4
CHEM 310Organic Chemistry I3
MATH 311Statistics for the Natural Sciences3
PHYS 120General Physics I4

*Must be taken for a minimum of 2 units

Environmental Emphasis Courses (15 units minimum)

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL 311Field Botany4
BIOL 321Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOL 322Invertebrate Zoology4
CHEM 340Environmental Chemistry4

Human Health Emphasis Required Courses

Select 16 units from the following

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL 220Healthcare in the United States2
BIOL 331Human Anatomy4
BIOL 340Microbiology4
BIOL 421Biochemistry4
BIOL 482Practicum in Biology1-3
CHEM 311Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 312LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 313LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory II1
MATH 220Calculus II4
PHYS 121
PHYS 131
General Physics II or
University Physics II
4

Other coursework approved by the Biology Program Director

Pre-medical students should enroll in

CodeTitleUnits
PHYS 121General Physics II 
CHEM 311Organic Chemistry II 
BIOL 421Biochemistry 

Secondary Teaching Emphasis Courses (15 units minimum)

CodeTitleUnits
LA 385Critical Approaches to Teaching3
PHYS 121General Physics II4
PHYS 150Earth Science3
PHYS 160Space Science3

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.

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.

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.

Program director

Andrew Sensenig
Andrew T. Sensenig, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Progam Director, Biology B.S.

Faculty

Alan Thompson, Ph.D.
Alan Thompson, Ph.D.

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

Michael Kunz
Michael Kunz, Ph.D.

Program Director, Environmental Science & Environmental Studies

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Loren Schmidt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biology

Krista Edmiston, Ph.D.
Krista Edmiston, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Karen Cianci, Ph.D.
Karen Cianci, Ph.D.

Dean of the School of Natural Sciences