• Students relaxing in nature

As an environmental science major at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll be prepared for a life of environmental service within the global human and ecological community. Whether you’re observing a variety of living organisms first-hand on a field trip or exploring the issues surrounding environmental laws, you’ll encounter themes of sustainability and shalom in your coursework that will provide you a center for analysis, reflection and action. Taught by faculty with expertise ranging from ecology to zoology, the environmental science major will equip you with the scientific training necessary for government, business and non-profit organizations or graduate study in fields related to the environment.

Highlights

  • Small class sizes allow for personalized study and one-on-one interaction with faculty
  • Proximity to national parks, forests and wildlife refuges enhances studies
  • Emphasis on research to take your learning outside of the classroom
  • Flexibility within the major to focus studies on areas of interest to you

Career opportunities

Common career paths for environmental scientists include teaching, research and governmental work. This program will also equip you for graduate study, including teacher credential programs and master’s research. Specific opportunities can be found in public affairs, environmental consulting, conservation and preservation and graduate study in any of the related sciences.

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.

Environmental Science And Environmental Studies

General Education Prerequisites (14-18 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL 121General Biology: Diversity and Ecology4
MATH 210Calculus I (for B.S. in environmental science majors only)4
PHYS 150Earth Science3
PS 120American Politics and Society3

Required Courses (19-21 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL 312Ecology4
ENV 150Introduction to Environmental Studies4
MATH 311Statistics for the Natural Sciences3
PS 373Nature, Law and Policy3
THEO 425Theological Ethics and the Environment3
ENV 482Environmental Studies Practicum1-3
BIOL 485Senior Seminar2

B.S. Environmental Science (33-35 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL 111General Biology: Cells and Physiology4
BIOL 496
CHEM 496
Biological Research
or Chemistry Research
1-3
or 1-4
CHEM 103General Chemistry I4
CHEM 104General Chemistry II4
CHEM 340Environmental Chemistry4

Electives to complete 54 units in the major (minimum of 12 units from the Division of Natural Sciences)

Program director

Michael Kunz
Michael Kunz, Ph.D.

Program Director, Environmental Science & Environmental Studies

Faculty

Andrew Sensenig
Andrew T. Sensenig, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Progam Director, Biology B.S.