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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.


  • 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.

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

Come and experience the FPU community and finish your degree with us! Visit our Transfer page to learn more about transferring or connect with a Transfer Specialist to ensure your transition to FPU is as smooth as possible.

Transfer to FPU

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

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

Required Courses (45 Units)

BIOL 121General Biology: Diversity and Ecology4
BIOL 312Ecology4
BIOL 332Human Physiology4
BIOL 370Bioethics3
BIOL 441Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL 450Genetics4
BIOL 470History and Philosophy of Science3
BIOL 485BIOSenior Seminar2
BIOL 496Biological Research1 - 3

Must be taken for a minimum of 2 units

CHEM 104General Chemistry II4
CHEM 310Organic Chemistry I3
MATH 205Introductory Statistics3
MATH 206LIntroductory Statistics Lab1
PHYS 120General Physics I4

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