• 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.


  • 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.

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.

Prerequisites (7-11 Units)

BIOL 121General Biology: Diversity and Ecology4
MATH 210Calculus I
(for B.S. in environmental science majors only)
PHYS 150Earth Science3

Required Courses (21-23 Units)

BIOL 312Ecology4
ENV 160Introduction to Environmental Science3
ENV 161LEnvironmental Field Study Lab1
MATH 205Introductory Statistics3
MATH 206LIntroductory Statistics Lab1
PS 373Nature, Law and Policy3
THEO 425Theological Ethics and the Environment3
ENV 482Environmental Studies Practicum1 - 3
BIOL 485ENVSenior Seminar2

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

BIOL 111General Biology: Cells and Physiology4
BIOL 496
CHEM 496
Biological Research or
Chemistry Research
1 - 3
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

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Michael Kunz, Ph.D.

Program Director, Environmental Science & Environmental Studies


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Andrew T. Sensenig, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Biology B.S.