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As a pre-health sciences major, you’ll be equipped with a broad, interdisciplinary foundation in the sciences. This degree will also prepare you for entry into a variety careers whether in the medical or dental fields. This degree allows for greater flexibility in your undergraduate coursework, so you can incorporate a minor, a second major, a study abroad program or additional elective coursework. Tailor your degree to your goals with the relevant biology, chemistry, math and physics courses necessary for preparation for entrance exams such as the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).


  • Tailor courses to serve as preparation for entrance exams such as the MCAT
  • Small class sizes allow for personalized instruction and mentoring
  • Apply socioeconomic and ethical perspectives in analysis of current issues in health care

Career opportunities

This major offers many unique opportunities for work within natural sciences and entry into medical or dental school. Common career paths include medical and dental careers, as well as a variety of allied health fields: nurse, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, nutrition, medical technology and more.

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 Physiology4
CHEM 103General Chemistry I4
MATH 140Pre-Calculus4

Required Courses (Minimum of 48 Units Total, 28 Units Upper-Division)

BIOL 220Healthcare in the United States2
BIOL 332Human Physiology4
BIOL 370Bioethics3
BIOL 450Genetics4
BIOL 485PRHSenior Seminar2
CHEM 104General Chemistry II4
MATH 311Statistics for the Natural Sciences3

Select from the following in consultation with the program director

BIOL 121General Biology: Diversity and Ecology4
BIOL 321Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOL 321LVetebrate Zoology Lab0
BIOL 331Human Anatomy4
BIOL 340Microbiology4
BIOL 421Biochemistry4
BIOL 421LBiochemistry Lab0
BIOL 441Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL 441LCell and Molecular Biology Lab0
BIOL 470History and Philosophy of Science3
BIOL 482Practicum in Biology1-3
BIOL 496Biological Research1-3
CHEM 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 311Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 312LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 313LOrganic Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM 350Analytical Chemistry5
CHEM 496Chemistry Research1-4
CSSE 121Introduction to Scientific Programming3
KIN 401Biomechanics4
KIN 406Physiology of Exercise I4
MATH 210Calculus I4
PHYS 120General Physics I4
PHYS 121General Physics II4

Program director

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

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


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

Dean of the School of Natural Sciences

Michael Kunz
Michael Kunz, Ph.D.

Program Director, Environmental Science & Environmental Studies

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

Assistant Professor of Biology

Andrew Sensenig
Andrew T. Sensenig, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Progam Director, Biology B.S.

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Loren Schmidt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biology