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  • Students in lab, one is using a Microscope.

The environmental emphasis contains courses such as field botany, zoology and environmental chemistry, giving your degree a unique focus.

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

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 370Bioethics3
BIOL 312Ecology4
BIOL 312LEcology Lab0
BIOL 332Human Physiology4
BIOL 332LHuman Physiology Lab0
BIOL 441Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL 441LCell and Molecular Biology Lab0
BIOL 450Genetics4
BIOL 450LGenetics Lab0
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
MATH 205Introductory Statistics3
MATH 206LIntroductory Statistics Lab1
PHYS 120General Physics I4

Emphasis Courses (16 Units)

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

Course substitutions may be made with program director approval.

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