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

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

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

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

Required Courses (45 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
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 Research
Must be taken for a minimum of 2 units
1 - 3
CodeTitleUnits
CHEM 104General Chemistry II4
CHEM 310Organic Chemistry I3
MATH 205Introductory Statistics3
MATH 206LIntroductory Statistics Lab1
PHYS 120General Physics I4

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.

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

Fall

CodeTitleUnits
CP 152Freshman Seminar1
BIB 100Jesus and the Christian Community3
BIOL 111General Biology: Cells and Physiology4
PHYS 160Space Science3
 Humanities/Social Science3
 Written/Oral Communication3
 Total units17

Spring

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL 121General Biology: Diversity and Ecology4
PHYS 150Earth Science3
 Written/Oral Communication3
PSY 120General Psychology3
MATH 210Calculus I4
 Total units17

Summer

CodeTitleUnits
HIST 120Ancient Civilizations4
KIN 120Concepts of Wellness3
HIST 150American Civilization3
 Total units10
Year 2

Fall

CodeTitleUnits
CHEM 103General Chemistry I4
LA 385Critical Approaches to Teaching3
BIOL 312Ecology4
PHYS 120General Physics I4
 PE1
 Total units16

Spring

CodeTitleUnits
CHEM 104General Chemistry II4
HIST 130Medieval and Early Modern Civilizations4
BIOL 370Bioethics3
PHYS 121General Physics II4
BIOL 496Research1
 Total units16

Summer

CodeTitleUnits
HIST 140Modern Civilizations4
 Humanities/Social Science3
 Elective4
 Total units11
Year 3

Fall

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL 450Genetics4
CHEM 310Organic Chemistry I3
BIOL 321 or
BIOL 322
Vertebrate Zoology or
Invertebrate Zoology
4
PSY 355Adolescent Development3
 Biblical Literature3
 Total units17

Spring

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL 470History and Philosophy of Science3
BIOL 485Senior Seminar in Biology2
THEO 430Contemporary Theology3
BIOL 332Human Physiology4
BIOL 441Cell and Molecular Biology4
 Total units16

Total Units: 120

Program director

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Andrew T. Sensenig, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Biology B.S.

Faculty

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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