Environmental Studies, B.A.

Bachelor of Arts
  • Professor backpacks through badlands and examines plant sample

The environmental science program supports environmentally focused coursework and service that will educate you in academic disciplines related to the environment; use the themes of sustainability and shalom to provide a center for analysis, reflection and action; and manifest the principles of the kingdom of God by preparing you for a life of environmental service within the global human and ecological community. Environmental studies is appropriate if you seek a balance of social and natural science perspectives on the environment, or seek greater flexibility to incorporate a minor, a second major, a study abroad program or additional elective coursework.


  • Small class sizes
  • Emphasis on research
  • Faculty who are experts in their field and who care about their students

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.

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)
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)
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
BIOL 485Senior Seminar in Biology1

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 351Instrumental Analysis4
GEOG 205Cultural Geography3
KIN 357Analysis of Outdoor Activities1
PHIL 430American Wilderness Literature and Philosophy3
PHYS 120 or
PHYS 110
General Physics I or
University Physics
PS 425Global Economics and Sustainable Development3
PS 486Energy, Economics & Ethics3
SOC 483Mediation Practicum1
THEO 486Poverty, Injustice & Development3
  • Approved off-campus programs or field studies such as ausable institute

Program director

Michael Kunz
Michael Kunz, Ph.D.

Biological & Environmental Science Program Director