• Lab glassware
  • Student in science lab

The individualized emphasis provides the flexibility to craft a major to suit your particular interests. Example of possible scope of study includes marine biology, plant science, animal science and bio-psychology.

Career opportunities

This emphasis will allow you to tailor your studies to your career goals in various fields of biology.

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.

Will my courses transfer? Get started on Transferology.com.

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

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL 111General Biology: Cells and Physiology4
CHEM 103General Chemistry I4
MATH 210Calculus I4

Required Courses (43 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL 121General Biology: Diversity and Ecology4
BIOL 312Ecology4
BIOL 332Human Physiology4
BIOL 370Bioethics3
BIOL 441Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL 450Genetics4
BIOL 470History and Philosophy of Science3
BIOL 485BIOSenior Seminar2
BIOL 496Biological Research
Must be taken for a minimum of 2 units
1 - 3
CodeTitleUnits
CHEM 104General Chemistry II4
CHEM 310Organic Chemistry I3
PHYS 120General Physics I4

Emphasis Courses (15 units minimum)

Electives chosen in consultation with the program director to address specific interests of the student. Courses from field institutes or other institutions may be used. Examples of possible emphases include marine biology, plant science, animal science and bio-psychology.

Program director

Photo of Andrew Sensenig

Andrew T. Sensenig, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Biology B.S.

Faculty

Photo of Alan Thompson, Ph.D.

Alan Thompson, Ph.D.

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

Photo of Michael Kunz

Michael Kunz, Ph.D.

Program Director, Environmental Science & Environmental Studies

Photo of Krista Edmiston, Ph.D.

Krista Edmiston, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Photo of Karen Cianci, Ph.D.

Karen Cianci, Ph.D.

Dean of the School of Natural Sciences

Human silhouette

Maria A. Soria, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biology