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As an environmental studies major at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll develop a more creative and perceptive relationship between God, humanity and the natural world. Through environmentally focused coursework you’ll gain broad scientific training for government, business and nonprofit organizations, or graduate study in fields related to the environment. With this major, you’ll encounter a balance of social and natural science perspectives on the environment whether you’re studying theological ethics and the environment or cultural geography. Additionally, this major will allow for greater flexibility to incorporate a minor, a second major, a study abroad program or additional elective coursework.


  • Small class sizes allow for personalized education and one-on-one faculty interactions
  • Emphasis on research takes your learning outside of the classroom
  • Faculty with expertise in zoology, biology and ecology

Career opportunities

Common career paths for environmental scientists include teaching, research and governmental work. Our graduates are also well-prepared for graduate study, including teacher credential programs and master’s research. Because of its highly interdisciplinary structure, the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies can benefit almost any career field. 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

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information
Environmental Science (AS-T) to Environmental Studies, B.A

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA co-requisites and major courses fulfilled through ADT:
    • BIOL 121   General Biology: Diversity and Ecology (4)
    • MATH 210  Calculus I (4)
    • PHYS 150   Earth Science (3)
  • This program is offered as daytime traditional

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

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)4
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.A. Environmental Studies (17-19 units)

Courses from the B.S. in environmental science, electives or other courses approved by the program director to complete 38 units in the major


BIOL 311Field Botany4
BIOL 321Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOL 322Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOL 450Genetics4
CHEM 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 312LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 311Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 313LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM 450Instrumental Analysis4
GEOG 220Cultural Geography3
PHIL 430Wilderness Philosophy, Theology, and Literature3
PHYS 120
PHYS 130
General Physics I
or University Physics I
or 4
PS 425Global Economics and Sustainable Development3
PS 435Energy, Economics and Ethics3
SOC 483Mediation Practicum1
THEO 470Justice, Poverty and Development3
 Approved off-campus programs or field studies such as AuSable Institute 

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.