Human Health Emphasis

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The environmental emphasis contains courses such as field botany, zoology and environmental chemistry, giving your degree a unique focus.

Career opportunities

This emphasis will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter medical school and pursue a career in the medical field.

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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.

General Education Prerequisites

BIOL 111General Biology: Cells and Physiology 4
CHEM 103General Chemistry I 4
MATH 210Calculus I 4

Required Courses (43 Units)

BIOL 121General Biology: Diversity and Ecology 4
BIOL 312Ecology 4
BIOL 332Human Physiology 4
BIOL 370Bioethics 3
BIOL 441Cell and Molecular Biology Credits4
BIOL 450Genetics 4
BIOL 470History and Philosophy of Science3

BIOL 485 BIO - Senior Seminar | 2

BIOL 496Biological Research1-3

Must be taken for a minimum of 2 units

Supporting Courses

CHEM 104General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 310Organic Chemistry I 3
MATH 205Introductory Statistics 3
PHYS 120General Physics I4

Emphasis Required Courses

Select 16 units from the following

BIOL 220Healthcare in the United States2
BIOL 331Human Anatomy 4
BIOL 340Microbiology 4
BIOL 421Biochemistry 4
BIOL 482Practicum in Biology  1-3
CHEM 311Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 312LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHEM 313LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory II1
MATH 220Calculus II 4
PHYS 121
PHYS 131
General Physics II Credits
or University Physics II Credits
or 4

Other coursework approved by the Biology Program Director

Note:Pre-medical students should enroll in PHYS 121 - General Physics II, CHEM 311 - Organic Chemistry II and BIOL 421 - Biochemistry.

Program director

Andrew Sensenig
Andrew T. Sensenig, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Biology B.S.


Alan Thompson, Ph.D.
Alan Thompson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biology, Program Director, Pharmaceutical Science, Pre-Health Sciences & Biology B.A.

Michael Kunz
Michael Kunz, Ph.D.

Program Director, Environmental Science & Environmental Studies

Krista Edmiston, Ph.D.
Krista Edmiston, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Karen Cianci, Ph.D.
Karen Cianci, Ph.D.

Dean of the School of Natural Sciences

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Maria A. Soria, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biology