• View of mountain range and forest
  • View of mountain range with student standing on top of hill

The Wilderness Studies Minor integrates an environmental focus on humanities, philosophy and ethics, with immersion experiences and hard skills related to outdoor experiences and industries. Through flexible course offerings, students can choose to focus on philosophy, theology, ethics, ecology, or environmental public policy, in combination with outdoor education and wilderness experience.


  • Small class sizes
  • Form bonds with classmates and professors outside the traditional four walls of the classroom.
  • 3 national parks in close proximity help enhance your studies

Career opportunities

The Minor enhances students’ career readiness for vocations relevant to National Parks and Forests, outdoor leadership, education, recreation, and church-related ministries that engage the outdoors.

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

Required Courses (17-18 Units)

WILD 100Introduction to Wilderness Studies3
ENV 150Introduction to Environmental Studies4
PHIL 430Wilderness Philosophy, Theology, and Literature3

Select 2 of the Following (6-7 Units)

PHIL 110Introduction to Philosophical Ethics3
PS 373Nature, Law and Policy3
THEO 425Theological Ethics and the Environment3
BIOL 312Ecology4
BIOL 312LEcology Lab0

Select 2 of the Following (2 units)

PE 146Backpacking1
KIN 357Analysis of Outdoor Activities1

Program director

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Nathan Carson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director of Philosophy B.A., Director, FPU Wilderness Programs