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Pre-Health Sciences, B.A.

School of Natural Sciences

What is possible when you pursue your passion for medicine?
Health.

Pre-health sciences lays a foundation for students pursuing careers in the medical and dental fields.

As a pre-health sciences major at Fresno Pacific University, you'll prepare to take entrance exams such as the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) with courses like biology, chemistry, math and physics. You’ll learn from a Harvard-trained professor, and from professors whose specialization ranges from zoology to microbiology to entomology.

With bachelor of arts, you’ll have greater flexibility in your coursework, so you can incorporate a minor, a second major, a study abroad program or additional elective coursework.

Through the interdisciplinary study of the sciences, you’ll learn more than what to think. You’ll learn how to ask the important questions. You’ll learn how to think.

Program Highlights

  • Learn to apply socioeconomic and ethical perspectives in analysis of current issues in health care
  • Prepare for the medical school entrance exam, MCAT
  • Engage in off-campus summer and study abroad programs
  • Work one-on-one with faculty to tailor your program

Emphases*

General Emphasis

General Emphasis is for students considering pre-medical, pre-dental, or related professional pathways.

Allied Health

Allied Health is primarily for students considering applying to the traditional undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

* The Pre-Health Sciences, B.A. requires that students choose an emphasis.

Emphases Catalog*

General Emphasis

Program Director: Alan Thompson, Ph.D.

Overview

The pre-health sciences major is designed to provide students with a broad, interdisciplinary foundation in the sciences, with a focus on preparing students for entry into medical and dental careers as well as into allied health career paths.

Students interested in the pre-health sciences major should contact the program director as early as possible since specific courses are necessary for adequate preparation for entrance exams such as the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). This is also true for students interested in medical or dental school opportunities who choose to major in a different discipline.

Students may choose from two-degree programs: the Bachelor of Arts degree or the Bachelor of Science degree. The B.A. degree is appropriate for students who desire greater flexibility in their undergraduate coursework. This flexibility may be used to incorporate a minor, a second major, a study abroad program or additional elective coursework. The General Emphasis of the BA is intended for students considering pre-medical, pre-dental, or related professional pathways. The Allied Health Emphasis is intended primarily to serve students considering applying to the traditional undergraduate BSN program. The B.S. degree is appropriate for those who seek greater depth of foundational coursework in supporting fields, additional breadth within the major and a research capstone.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Program graduates comprehend and apply major organizing concepts in science.
  2. Students in the program participate in the process of science. This includes the design and execution of experiments, the critical evaluation of methods, results and conclusions, and the oral and written communication of such activities.
  3. Graduates from the program possess the skills and subject matter competence necessary to gain admittance to, and perform well in, graduate-level health sciences programs.
  4. Students in the program develop an understanding of the economic and social contexts surrounding the practice of medicine in the United States and are able to apply socioeconomic and ethical perspectives in analysis of current issues in health care.

Locations Offered

Main Campus Fresno

Lower Division Major Prerequisites

  • BIOL 111 - General Biology: Cells and Physiology Credits 3 and
  • BIOL 111L - General Biology: Cells and Physiology Lab Credits 1 or
  • BIOL 231 - Anatomy and Physiology I Credits 3 and
  • BIOL 231L - Anatomy and Physiology I Lab Credits 1
  • CHEM 103 - General Chemistry I Credits 3
  • CHEM 103L - General Chemistry I Lab Credits 1
  • MATH 140 - Pre-Calculus Credits 4

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

  • BIOL 220 - Healthcare in the United States Credits 2
  • BIOL 332 - Human Physiology Credits 3
  • BIOL 332L - Human Physiology Lab Credits 1
  • BIOL 370 - Bioethics Credits 3
  • BIOL 450 - Genetics Credits 3
  • BIOL 450L - Genetics Lab Credits 1
  • BIOL 485PRH - Senior Seminar Credits 2
  • CHEM 104 - General Chemistry II Credits 3
  • CHEM 104L - General Chemistry II Lab Credits 1
  • MATH 205 - Introductory Statistics Credits 3

Select from the following in consultation with the program director:

  • BIOL 121 - General Biology: Diversity and Ecology Credits 3 and
  • BIOL 121L - General Biology: Diversity and Ecology Lab Credits 1
  • BIOL 321 - Vertebrate Zoology Credits 3 and
  • BIOL 321L - Vertebrate Zoology Lab Credits 1
  • BIOL 331 - Human Anatomy Credits 4 and
  • BIOL 331L - Human Anatomy Lab Credits 0
  • BIOL 340 - Microbiology Credits 3 and
  • BIOL 340L - Microbiology Lab Credits 1
  • BIOL 421 - Biochemistry Credits 3 and
  • BIOL 421L - Biochemistry Lab Credits 1
  • BIOL 441 - Cell and Molecular Biology Credits 3 and
  • BIOL 441L - Cell and Molecular Biology Lab Credits 1
  • BIOL 415 - Religion, Health, and Healing Credits 3
  • BIOL 470 - History and Philosophy of Science Credits 3
  • BIOL 482 - Practicum in Biology Credits 1 - 3
  • BIOL 496 - Biological Research Credits 1 - 3
  • CHEM 310 - Organic Chemistry I Credits 3 and
  • CHEM 312L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I Credits 1
  • CHEM 311 - Organic Chemistry II Credits 3 and
  • CHEM 313L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II Credits 1
  • CHEM 350 - Analytical Chemistry Credits 3 and
  • CHEM 350L - Analytical Chemistry Lab Credits 2
  • CHEM 496 - Chemistry Research Credits 1 - 4
  • KIN 401 - Biomechanics Credits 3
  • KIN 406 - Physiology of Exercise I Credits 3 and
  • KIN 406L - Physiology of Exercise I Lab Credits 1
  • MATH 210 - Calculus I Credits 4
  • PHYS 120 - General Physics I Credits 3 and
  • PHYS 120L - General Physics I Lab Credits 1
  • PHYS 121 - General Physics II Credits 3 and
  • PHYS 121L - General Physics II Lab Credits 1
  • MATH 206L - Introductory Statistics Lab Credits 1
Allied Health

This emphasis is intended for undergraduates entering as freshmen intending to apply to the traditional undergraduate BSN program. Students declaring this emphasis should consult with an academic advisor initially and on an ongoing basis to ensure this continues to be an appropriate major for the student to reach his/her desired educational goal(s).

Lower Division Major Prerequisites

  • BIOL 231 - Anatomy and Physiology I Credits 3
  • BIOL 231L - Anatomy and Physiology I Lab Credits 1
  • MATH 140 - Pre-Calculus Credits 4

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

  • BIOL 232 - Anatomy and Physiology II Credits 3
  • BIOL 232L - Anatomy and Physiology II Lab Credits 1
  • BIOL 340 - Microbiology Credits 3
  • BIOL 340L - Microbiology Lab Credits 1
  • KIN 270 - Nutrition Credits 3
  • MATH 205 - Introductory Statistics Credits 3
  • MATH 206L - Introductory Statistics Lab Credits 1
  • BIOL 370 - Bioethics Credits 3
  • BIOL 450 - Genetics Credits 3
  • BIOL 450L - Genetics Lab Credits 1
  • CHEM 103 - General Chemistry I Credits 3
  • CHEM 103L - General Chemistry I Lab Credits 1
  • CHEM 104 - General Chemistry II Credits 3
  • CHEM 104L - General Chemistry II Lab Credits 1
  • BIOL 485PRH - Senior Seminar Credits 2
  • Select from the following in consultation with the program director:

  • BIOL 321 - Vertebrate Zoology Credits 3 and
  • BIOL 321L - Vertebrate Zoology Lab Credits 1
  • BIOL 331 - Human Anatomy Credits 4 and
  • BIOL 331L - Human Anatomy Lab Credits 0
  • BIOL 421 - Biochemistry Credits 3 and
  • BIOL 421L - Biochemistry Lab Credits 1
  • BIOL 441 - Cell and Molecular Biology Credits 3 and
  • BIOL 441L - Cell and Molecular Biology Lab Credits 1
  • BIOL 470 - History and Philosophy of Science Credits 3
  • BIOL 482 - Practicum in Biology Credits 1 - 3
  • BIOL 496 - Biological Research Credits 1 - 3
  • CHEM 210 - Chemistry for Allied Health Credits 3 and
  • CHEM 212L - Chemistry for Allied Health: Laboratory Credits 1
  • CHEM 310 - Organic Chemistry I Credits 3 and
  • CHEM 312L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I Credits 1
  • CHEM 311 - Organic Chemistry II Credits 3 and
  • CHEM 313L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II Credits 1
  • CHEM 350 - Analytical Chemistry Credits 3 and
  • CHEM 350L - Analytical Chemistry Lab Credits 2
  • BIOL 415 - Religion, Health, and Healing Credits 3
  • CHEM 496 - Chemistry Research Credits 1 - 4
  • KIN 401 - Biomechanics Credits 3
  • KIN 406 - Physiology of Exercise I Credits 3
  • NURS 315 - Professional Role Development, Nursing Theory and Health Promotion Credits 3
  • PSY 360 - Life-Span Development Credits 3
* The Pre-Health Sciences, B.A. requires that students choose an emphasis.

Possibilities Await
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)
    There is a $40 application fee, which may be waived with attendance at certain events.
  • 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
ugadmis@fresno.edu

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information

Biology (AS-T) to Pre-Health Sciences, B.A.

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA co-requisites and major courses fulfilled through ADT:
    • BIOL 111     General Biology: Cells and Physiology (4)
    • BIOL 121     General Biology: Diversity and Ecology (4)
    • CHEM 103    General Chemistry I (4)
    • CHEM 104    General Chemistry II (4)
    • MATH 210    Calculus I (4) [*replaces MATH-140]
  • This program is offered as daytime traditional

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

Chemistry (AS-T) to Pre-Health Sciences, B.A.

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA co-requisites and major courses fulfilled through ADT:
    • BIOL 111     General Biology: Cells and Physiology (4)
    • BIOL 121     General Biology: Diversity and Ecology (4)
    • CHEM 103    General Chemistry I (4)
    • CHEM 104    General Chemistry II (4)
    • MATH 210    Calculus I (4) [*replaces MATH-140]
    • PHYS 130 - University Physics I (4)
    • PHYS 131 - University Physics II (4)
  • This program is offered as daytime traditional

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

Non-traditional Admission

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:

  1. Fill out the re-application form
  2. Submit a non-refundable re-application fee of $15
  3. 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:

  1. Fill out the re-admission form
  2. Submit a non-refundable re-admission fee of $15
  3. 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:

  1. Fill out the Application for Admission indicating Non Matriculating/Non-Degree status non-matriculation application
  2. Submit a non-refundable admission fee of $15
  3. Submit proof of high school graduation or equivalent
  4. Some classes may require a pre-requisite course. If required, a college transcript will need to be provided
  5. 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.

  1. Fill out the Application for Admission indicating audit status
  2. Submit a non-refundable admission fee of $15
  3. Personal essays are not required

Four-Year Graduation Guarantee

Four-year graduation guarantee graphic

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

2022-2023
Total Cost Item Amount
12-18 units (full time) per year $33,614
Student body fee $498
Total Tuition and Fees $34,112
Room and Board $8,884
Total Tuition, Fees & Board $42,996
Per-Unit Costs Amount
Per unit / Overload $1,218
Summer Session $400
Private Music Instruction $400
2021-2022
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.

Financial Aid

Freshman Scholarships

Name Amount
Paragon Full Tuition
President's $16,000
Dean's $14,000
Heritage $13,000
Faculty $11,000
Founder's $7,000

Transfer Scholarships 

Name Amount
Transfer Scholar $11,000
Transfer Achievement $8,500
Transfer Academic $6,000
Transfer Partnership $5,000

Performance-based Scholarships

Name Amount
Athletic $500 to Full Tuition
Music $400 to $10,000
Drama $1,300 to $2,000

Other FPU Grants and Scholarships

Name Amount
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

Name Amount
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

Name Amount
Federal Direct $3,500 to $7,500
PLUS Loan Up to remaining cost
Perkins Loan Up to $4,000
Workstudy Contingent on employment

Private Scholarships

Alumni, parents, friends, businesses and foundations have generously provided a special set of scholarships available to students attending Fresno Pacific.

View Private Scholarships

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Alexandra Green

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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.

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Career Opportunities

With this degree, you'll gain the foundation for a broad range of careers within natural sciences or entry into medical or dental school. Common career paths include medical and dental careers, as well as a variety of allied health fields.

Career Possibilities

  • Nurse
  • Physician’s assistant
  • Physical therapist
  • Nutritionist

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

Visit the Career Development Center