Environmental Emphasis

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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.

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 (43 Units)

BIOL 121General Biology: Diversity and Ecology4
BIOL 370Bioethics3
BIOL 312Ecology4
BIOL 312LEcology Lab0 - 0
BIOL 332Human Physiology4
BIOL 441Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL 450Genetics Credits4
BIOL 470History and Philosophy of Science3
BIOL 485BIO Senior Seminar2
BIOL 496Biological Research1 – 3

Must be taken for a minimum of 2 units

CHEM 104General Chemistry II Credits4
CHEM 310Organic Chemistry I3
PHYS 120General Physics I4

Emphasis Courses (15 units minimum)

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

Program director

Andrew Sensenig
Andrew T. Sensenig, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Biology B.S.


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

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

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Maria A. Soria, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biology