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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 prepare you for entry into a variety careers whether in the medical or dental fields. The bachelor of science degree offers you greater depth of foundational coursework by offering three distinct emphases and a research capstone. With this degree, you’ll be prepared to pursue graduate studies and take medical entrance exams such as the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).


  • Major adequately prepares you 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
  • Research capstone teaches necessary experiential skills

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 such as the MCAT.

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

Come and experience the FPU community and finish your degree with us! Visit our Transfer page to learn more about transferring or connect with a Transfer Specialist to ensure your transition to FPU is as smooth as possible.

Transfer to FPU

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
PSY 120General Psychology3
SOC 120Introduction to Sociology3

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
or 4
PHYS 121
PHYS 131
General Physics II
or University Physics II
or 4
MATH 205Introductory Statistics3


This program requires an emphasis

Program director

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Alan Thompson, Ph.D.

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


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Michael Kunz, Ph.D.

Program Director, Environmental Science & Environmental Studies

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Andrew T. Sensenig, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Biology B.S.