Pre-Health Sciences, B.S.

Bachelor of Science
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The pre-health sciences major will provide you with a broad, interdisciplinary foundation in the sciences. It will also prepare you for entry into medical and dental careers, as well as a variety of allied health fields: nurse, physician's assistant, physical therapy, nutrition, medical technology and more.

The bachelor of science degree offers you greater depth of foundational coursework in supporting fields, additional breadth within the major and a research capstone.


  • Many health care career options require or strongly recommend a significant amount of experience prior to graduation. BIOL-220 helps students cultivate their aspirations in medical and allied health professions.
  • BIOL-220 helps students cultivate their aspirations in medical and allied health professions. This course will provide insight into the different careers and explore options for gaining the necessary experience.

Career opportunities

This major offers many unique opportunities for work within natural sciences. It can be tailored for preparation to enter medical or dental school, offering relevant biology, chemistry, math and physics courses necessary for adequate preparation for entrance exams (the Medical College Admission Test, for example).

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 210Calculus I4

Required Courses (41 Units)

BIOL 121General Biology: Diversity and Ecology4
BIOL 220Healthcare in the United States2
BIOL 332Human Physiology4
BIOL 340Microbiology4
BIOL 370Bioethics3
BIOL 450Genetics4
BIOL 485PRHSenior Seminar2
BIOL 496Biological Research1-3
CHEM 104General Chemistry II4
CHEM 310Organic Chemistry I3
PHYS 120
PHYS 130
General Physics I
or University Physics I
PHYS 121
PHYS 131
General Physics II
or University Physics II
MATH 311Statistics for the Natural Sciences3


This program requires an emphasis

Program director

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

Associate Professor of Biology


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

Dean of the School of Natural Sciences

Michael Kunz
Michael Kunz, Ph.D.

Biological & Environmental Science Program Director

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

Assistant Professor of Biology

Andrew Sensenig
Andrew T. Sensenig, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

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Loren Schmidt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biology