Environmental Studies, B.A.

Bachelor of Arts
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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.

Highlights

  • 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.

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 Credits (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.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

Electives

CodeTitleUnits
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 430American Wilderness Literature and Philosophy3
PHYS 120
PHYS 130
General Physics I
or University Physics I
4
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.

Program Director, Environmental Science & Environmental Studies

Faculty

Andrew Sensenig
Andrew T. Sensenig, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Progam Director, Biology B.S.