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
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
FPU is a partner school with Transferology, a web-based tool that allows you to match the courses you’ve already taken with FPU programs. Visit Transferology.com to create an account and get started.
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.
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 (14-18 Units)
|BIOL 121||General Biology: Diversity and Ecology||4|
|MATH 210||Calculus I|
(for B.S. in environmental science majors only)
|PHYS 150||Earth Science||3|
Required Courses (19-21 Units)
|ENV 150||Introduction to Environmental Studies||4|
|MATH 205||Introductory Statistics||3|
|PS 373||Nature, Law and Policy||3|
|THEO 425||Theological Ethics and the Environment||3|
|ENV 482||Environmental Studies Practicum||1 - 3|
|BIOL 485ENV||Senior Seminar||2|
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 311||Field Botany||4|
|BIOL 321||Vertebrate Zoology||4|
|BIOL 322||Invertebrate Zoology||4|
|CHEM 310||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 312L||Organic Chemistry Laboratory I||2|
|CHEM 311||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 313L||Organic Chemistry Laboratory II||1|
|CHEM 450||Instrumental Analysis||4|
|GEOG 220||Cultural Geography||3|
|PHIL 430||Wilderness Philosophy, Theology, and Literature||3|
|General Physics I|
or University Physics I
|PS 425||Global Economics and Sustainable Development||3|
|PS 486||Energy, Economics & Ethics||3|
|SOC 483||Mediation Practicum||1|
|THEO 486||Poverty, Injustice & Development||3|
Approved off-campus programs or field studies such as AuSable Institute
Michael Kunz, Ph.D.
Program Director, Environmental Science & Environmental Studies
Andrew T. Sensenig, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Program Director, Biology B.S.