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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

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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.

Course Listing:

General Education Prerequisites

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

Required Courses (43 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 Research
Must be taken for a minimum of 2 units
1 - 3
CHEM 104General Chemistry II4
CHEM 310Organic Chemistry I3
PHYS 120General Physics I4

Emphasis Courses (15 units minimum)

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

Select 2 additional units of upper-division biology courses.

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.

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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Krista Edmiston, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

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Karen Cianci, Ph.D.

Dean of the School of Natural Sciences

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Maria A. Soria, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biology