Michael Kunz, Ph.D.
Environmental Studies, B.A.
School of Natural Sciences
Explore Environmental Studies, B.A.
What is possible when you dedicate yourself to environmental service?
Environmental studies is a pathway to developing a more creative and perceptive relationship between God, humanity and the natural world.
Whether you're studying theological ethics and the environment or cultural geography, you'll encounter a balance of social and natural science perspectives on the environment.
As an environmental studies major at Fresno Pacific, you'll engage in environmentally-focused coursework taught by faculty with expertise ranging from ecology to zoology, and gain broad scientific training for a range of fields or to pursue graduate study.
The environmental studies major allows for maximum flexibility to incorporate a minor, a second major, a study abroad program or additional elective coursework.
- National parks, forests and wildlife refuges become outdoor classrooms
- Engage in off-campus summer and study abroad programs
- Join the on-campus, environmental 'Shalom Club' to work on the campus garden
- Participate in trips around California with classmates
- Participate in the FPU Wilderness program
Andrew Sensenig, Ph.D.
Program Director: Michael Kunz, Ph.D.
The environmental science and environmental studies program supports the Fresno Pacific Idea goal of promoting “more creative and perceptive relationships between God, humanity and the natural world.” The program supports environmentally-focused coursework and service that: (1) educates students in academic disciplines related to the environment; (2) uses the themes of sustainability and shalom (the biblical concept related to peace, wholeness, justice and healthy relationships) to provide a center for analysis, reflection and action; and (3) manifests the principles of the Kingdom of God by preparing students for lives of environmental service within the global human and ecological community.
Students may choose from two environmentally focused degree options: the Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science or the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies Environmental science is appropriate for students desiring broad scientific training for government, business and nonprofit organizations, or graduate study in fields related to the environment. Environmental studies is appropriate for students seeking a balance of social and natural science perspectives on the environment, or for students seeking greater flexibility to incorporate a minor, a second major, a study abroad program or additional elective coursework.
Both programs benefit from Fresno Pacific University’s proximity to California’s national forests, parks, wildlife refuges and diverse agricultural systems. The program encourages internships with local organizations and student research. Students are also encouraged to supplement their major with summer coursework offered at one of several excellent off-campus programs. Courses taken through these programs may be used as electives or, when appropriate, substituted for required courses.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate content knowledge regarding natural and human systems that relate to environmental concerns.
- Demonstrate information literacy including information as it is typically communicated in primary literature.
- Effectively communicate information related to the environment.
- Engage in activities that support environmental stewardship and sustainability.
- Apply an ethical theology of human-environmental relationships centered on the biblical concept of shalom.
- Design, conduct and critically evaluate scientific research.
Main Campus Fresno
Environmental Science and Environmental Studies
Prerequisites (7-11 Units)
- BIOL 121 - General Biology: Diversity and Ecology Credits 3
- BIOL 121L - General Biology: Diversity and Ecology Lab Credits 1
- MATH 210 - Calculus I Credits 4 (for B.S. in environmental science majors only)
- PHYS 150 - Earth Science Credits 3
Required Courses (21-23 Units)
- BIOL 312 - Ecology Credits 3
- BIOL 312L - Ecology Lab Credits 1
- ENV 160 - Introduction to Environmental Science Credits 3
- ENV 161L - Environmental Field Study Lab Credits 1
- MATH 205 - Introductory Statistics Credits 3
- MATH 206L - Introductory Statistics Lab Credits 1
- PS 373 - Nature, Law and Policy Credits 3
- THEO 425 - Theological Ethics and the Environment Credits 3
- ENV 482 - Environmental Studies Practicum Credits 1 - 3
- BIOL 485ENV - Senior Seminar Credits 2
B.A. Environmental Studies (17-19 units)
Courses from the B.S. in environmental science, electives or other courses approved by the program director to complete 38 units in the major
- BIOL 311 - Field Botany Credits 3
- BIOL 311L - Field Botany Lab Credits 1
- BIOL 321 - Vertebrate Zoology Credits 3
- BIOL 321L - Vertebrate Zoology Lab Credits 1
- BIOL 322 - Invertebrate Zoology Credits 3
- BIOL 322L - Invertebrate Zoology Lab Credits 1
- BIOL 450 - Genetics Credits 3
- BIOL 450L - Genetics Lab Credits 1
- CHEM 310 - Organic Chemistry I Credits 3
- CHEM 312L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I Credits 1
- CHEM 311 - Organic Chemistry II Credits 3
- CHEM 313L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II Credits 1
- CHEM 450 - Instrumental Analysis Credits 2
- CHEM 450L - Instrumental Analysis Lab Credits 2
- GEOG 220 - Cultural Geography Credits 3
- PHIL 430 - Wilderness Philosophy, Theology, and Literature Credits 3
- PHYS 120 - General Physics I Credits 3 and
- PHYS 120L - General Physics I Lab Credits 1 or
- PHYS 130 - University Physics I Credits 3 and
- PHYS 130L - University Physics I Lab Credits 1
- PS 425 - Global Economics and Sustainable Development Credits 3
- PS 435 - Energy, Economics and Ethics Credits 3
- SOC 483 - Mediation Practicum Credits 1
- THEO 470 - Justice, Poverty and Development Credits 3
- Approved off-campus programs or field studies such as AuSable Institute
With an FPU Education
Whether you're a high school student, transfer student or parent, you'll find all the resources you need including application steps, tuition & financial aid, transfer and orientation information.
First Steps to Admission
- Submit an application for admission (online or printable mail-in)
* Admission applications are free, no discount codes required.
- Send official copies of your transcripts to FPU.
- Complete the FAFSA. It can be completed starting October 1st. (FAFSA Code: 001253)
- Recommended High School Courses for Admission
- 4 years of college preparatory English
- 3 years of college preparatory mathematics
- 2 years of social studies
- 1 year of laboratory science
- 1 year of performing art
- 3 years of the same foreign language with a C- or better
- Things to Keep in Mind
Fresno Pacific University’s accepted students have average GPAs of 3.2-3.6. Please speak with an admission counselor to discuss your eligibility.
All application materials should be submitted online or mailed to:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Ave. #2005
Fresno, CA 93702
Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information
Environmental Science (AS-T) to Environmental Studies, B.A.
BA courses fulfilled through ADT:
- All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
- BA co-requisites and major courses fulfilled through ADT:
- BIOL 121 General Biology: Diversity and Ecology (4)
- MATH 210 Calculus I (4)
- PHYS 150 Earth Science (3)
- This program is offered as daytime traditional
ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.
- Steps for Re-application
For those students who have applied to FPU’s traditional undergraduate program within the past 2 years and did not attend. Students who applied more than 2 years ago will need to resubmit a full application for admission:
- Fill out the re-application form
- Submit any missing documents or updated transcripts
- Steps for Re-admission
Former FPU students who have not been enrolled in and/or have not submitted a leave of absence form for the previous semester are required to re-apply for admission to FPU:
- Fill out the re-admission form
- Submit official transcripts from other educational institutions attended during absence from FPU
- Steps for Non-matriculated Admission
Students interested in taking classes, usually for personal or professional development, or to transfer to another institution, and is not interested in a degree from FPU. Non-degree students are not eligible for federal, state or institutional aid. Other requirements, class limits and pre-requisites may apply. See the academic catalog for more information:
- Fill out the Application for Admission indicating Non Matriculating/Non-Degree status non-matriculation application
- Submit proof of high school graduation or equivalent
- Some classes may require a pre-requisite course. If required, a college transcript will need to be provided
- Personal essays are not required
- Auditing a class
Students wishing to audit a class at FPU may apply for audit status. Audit classes are not eligible for financial aid and students will not receive course credit.
- Fill out the Application for Admission indicating audit status
- Personal essays are not required
Four-Year Graduation Guarantee
Earning a degree in four years allows you to get a head start on achieving your goals of entering the work force or starting graduate school. FPU guarantees graduation within four years in the traditional undergraduate areas of study. We commit to providing the courses, advising, instruction and preparation. If you fulfill your responsibilities and are unable to graduate in four years, you will receive the needed courses the following semester at no cost in tuition or fees.
- Incoming requirements
This guarantee is limited to basic graduation requirements of 120 minimum units including general education, upper-level and elective courses sufficient for a single major with no minor.
- Where options between courses are available, students are not guaranteed their first choice.
- This guarantee does not apply to “fifth-year” programs (teacher education credential requirements) or minimum units beyond graduation requirements (CPA qualifications, etc.) beyond the basic four-year bachelor’s degree.
- The guarantee does not apply to transfer students or to FPU's degree completion programs.
- Students not able to register for the courses needed within four years must complete the free course(s) within two terms of the end of four years (e.g. a summer and fall for those completing four years in the spring; or spring and summer for those completing four years in the fall).
- The four-year period may be extended for students required to leave the university for up to one year (see the Leave of Absence section) for medical, military or personal reasons.
- Student responsibilities
- To qualify for the guarantee students must:
- Meet with your mentor during the fall semester of the freshman year.
- Finalize a major and begin prerequisite or lower-division major courses by the second semester of the freshman year and keep that major until graduation.
- Complete at least 32 units per year (average 16 per semester) with passing grades in each course.
- Maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA and remain in good standing behaviorally with the university.
- Meet with the mentor each semester for advising before registration opens and take the courses approved by the adviser/mentor that complete general-education and major requirements, in the appropriate sequence and as they become available.
- Register within the first week of registration every semester to gain a spot in the classes needed.
- Notify mentor if unable to register for an approved course so that an alternative plan can be made.
- Apply for financial aid and submit required documents by appropriate deadlines.
- Keep student account up-to-date. (Accounts not up-to-date may be placed on hold, preventing registration for courses.)
- Complete required courses successfully (see Academic Policies section for minimum acceptable grades) without dropping required or approved courses during a semester.
Two-Year Transfer Guarantee for ADT Pathways
FPU guarantees a student with an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) from the California Community College system, can complete their degree in just two years. If a student meets the qualification requirements, fulfills the responsibilities under the program, and are unable to complete their major in a 2-year period, FPU will assume all additional tuition costs needed to complete their undergraduate degree at FPU.
- Incoming requirements
- 60 transferable units [grades of C- or better] from the California Community College system with a completed ADT (Associate Degree for Transfer)
- Selected an ADT matched (similar) pathway from FPU’s undergraduate degree programs
- Have completed the necessary pre-requisites in the discipline specific to intended major
- Have at least a 2.4 transfer GPA
- Student responsibilities
- To qualify for the guarantee students must:
- Enroll in an average of 15- 18 units per semester; not including repeated courses.
- Remain in good academic standing by maintaining an institutional grade point average of 2.0 or higher
- Enroll in the required number of consecutive semesters: 3-4 semesters depending on number of units transferred in
- Make up units for any failed or withdrawn courses during the guarantee period, which may require you to take more than 15-18 units per semester
- For TUG you may have to enroll in a summer semester.
- Fulfill all graduation requirements, including core curriculum, major requirements, and upper division course work requirements.
- Two Year Guarantee: complete enough upper division courses to have at least 40 upper division units by the end of the 4-semester time frame.
- Take all required courses during the semester recommended by your Academic Advisor.
- Register for all upcoming courses during the registration period.
- Any courses from a Community College with “D+” or lower are non-transferable and require additional courses and semesters to graduate.
- This guarantee may not apply to students starting in a spring or summer semester start (TUG only).
- This guarantee is limited to basic graduation requirements: 120 minimum units including general education, upper-level and elective courses sufficient for a single major.
Cost & Financial Aid
The below listed prices reflect the 2021-22 Fall and Spring semesters and do not include any financial aid. Paying for college can be an overwhelming step in education your journey. We can help you find all the opportunities to reduce your out of pocket costs. Over 98% of our student body has received financial aid.
Tuition & Fees
Total Cost Item Amount 12-18 units (full time) per year $33,614 Student body fee $574 Total Tuition and Fees $34,188 Room and Board $8,884 Total Tuition, Fees & Board $43,072 Per-Unit Costs Amount Per unit / Overload $1,218 Summer Session $400 Private Music Instruction $400
Total Cost Item Amount 12-18 units (full time) per year $32,954 Student body fee $498 Total Tuition and Fees $33,452 Room and Board $8,710 Total Tuition, Fees & Board $42,162 Per-Unit Costs Amount Per unit / Overload $1,177 Summer Session $300 Private Music Instruction $400
Room & Board Rates
- Freshman / Sophmore Housing
Module* Fall Spring Modules $4,313 $4,313 Jost Modules $4,619 $4,619
* Full Access Meal Plan Included in Cost (Full Access Required)
- Junior / Senior Housing
Suites & Houses Fall Spring Room only $2,068 $2,068 Room-70 Block Meal Plan (included in cost) $2,719 $2,719 Room - 140 Block Meal Plan (included in cost) $3,276 $3,276 Room - Full Access Meal Plan (included in cost) $4,400 $4,400 Jost Hall (4 person), Willow Gardens (4 person) & Kriegbaum Apartments (3 person) Fall Spring Apartment - Room only $2,694 $2,694 Apartment - 70 Block Meal Plan (included in cost) $3,345 $3,345 Apartment - 140 Block Meal Plan (included in cost) $3,902 $3,902 Apartment - Full Access Meal Plan (included in cost) $5,026 $5,026 Willow Gardens & Jost Hall Apartments: 3 Person Fall Spring Apartments - Room only $3,306 $3,306 Apartments - 70 Block Meal Plan (included in cost) $3,958 $3,958 Apartments - 140 Block Meal Plan (included in cost) $4,514 $4,514 Apartments - Full Access Meal Plan (included in cost) $5,639 $5,639 Stand-Alone Meal Plans Fall Spring 70 Block $651 $651 140 Block $1,208 $1,208 Full Access Meal Plan $2,332 $2,332
* Residents living in the Houses or Willow Gardens Apartments may stay over Christmas break at no extra charge providing they are returning for spring semester. Otherwise, residents must check out at the regular fall check-out dates.
- Notes about housing
- For housing placement purposes only, class standing for the fall semester will carry throughout the entire year (both fall and spring semesters).
- Residents living in the houses or Willow Gardens Apartments may stay over Christmas break at no extra charge providing they are returning for spring semester. Otherwise, residents must check out at the regular fall check-out dates.
- Meal plan contract dates will follow the traditional semester.
If you have questions that pertain specifically to housing or what housing you qualify for, please contact Residence Life at (559) 453-5696. Or visit our website at studentlife.fresno.edu/living-campus.
|Athletic||$500 to Full Tuition|
|Music||$400 to $10,000|
|Drama||$1,300 to $2,000|
Other FPU Grants and Scholarships
|FPU Possibilities Scholarship||Full Tuition|
|Church Match||$500 to $1,500|
|International Scholarship||up to $6,000|
|Mennonite Brethren Award||$4,000|
|Out of State Student Scholarship||$4,000|
|King & Hamer Leadership Program||$4,000|
|Other Awards||$100 to $10,000|
Federal and State Grants
|Cal Grant A||$9,804|
|Cal Grant B||$1,672|
|Pell Grants||$100 to $6,345|
|FSEOG||$100 to $1,500|
Federal Loans and Workstudy
|Federal Direct||$3,500 to $7,500|
|PLUS Loan||Up to remaining cost|
|Perkins Loan||Up to $4,000|
|Workstudy||Contingent on employment|
Alumni, parents, friends, businesses and foundations have generously provided a special set of scholarships available to students attending Fresno Pacific.
The grants, the academic awards, the transfer scholarship – all of it makes it so much more affordable to attend FPU. I know that school isn’t cheap for anyone, but FPU helped me realize that I could actually come to this school because they were going to help me so much financially.
Net Price Calculator
Now that you’ve seen the financial aid opportunities available to FPU students, we can estimate what your true cost may be to attend Fresno Pacific. Please keep in mind that this is just a computer generated, general estimate and may not capture all aid available, please work with your FPU Student Financial Services advisor to discover your true net price.
Environmental scientists are prepared to for a range of career paths, including teaching, research and governmental work. Because of its highly interdisciplinary structure, the bachelor of arts can benefit almost any career field. Specific opportunities can be found in public affairs, environmental consulting, conservation and preservation.
- Environmental scientist
- Environmental lawyer
- Environmental engineer
- Conservation scientist
Career Development Happens Here
The staff in our Career Development and Experiential Learning Center are here to help you prepare to enter the working world. Whether your a freshman or an FPU alum, there are a number of resources and trainings offered to help you find the internship and job you’re looking for.
- Resume writing classes
- Career assessments, exploration & planning
- Job search and networking opportunities
- and much more