Majors & Programs


  • Major in Aviation, A.S.
  • Major in Aviation, B.S.
  • Minor in Aviation


  • Major in Biology, B.A.
  • Major in Biology, B.S.
  • Major in Biotechnology: B.S.
  • Major in Environmental Studies, B.S.
  • Minor in Biology
  • Minor in Environmental Studies

Business Administration & Economics

  • Emphasis in Accounting, B.B.A.
  • Emphasis in Finance, B.B.A.
  • Emphasis in Healthcare Management, B.B.A.
  • Emphasis in International Business, B.B.A.
  • Emphasis in Management, B.B.A.
  • Emphasis in Marketing, B.B.A.
  • Major in Business Administration, B.A.
  • Major in Business Administration, B.S.
  • Major in Computer Information Systems, B.S.
  • Major in Management for Medical Professionals, B.S.
  • Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.
  • Minor in Business Administration


  • Major in Biochemistry, B.S.
  • Major in Chemistry, B.A.
  • Major in Chemistry, B.S.
  • Minor in Chemistry


  • Major in Communication, B.A.
  • Major in Communication, Communication Studies Emphasis, B.S.
  • Major in Communication, Marketing Communications Emphasis, B.S.
  • Major in Communication, Multimedia Journalism Emphasis, B.S.
  • Major in Health Communication, B.S.
  • Minor in Communication
  • Minor in PR/Journalism

Computer Information Systems

  • Major in Computer Information Systems, B.S.


  • Elementary Teaching Credential, Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Elementary Teaching Credential, Non-Degree Program
  • Major in Early Childhood Education, A.S.
  • Major in Early Childhood Education, B.S.
  • Major in Liberal Studies, B.S.
  • Master of Education, M.Ed.
  • Secondary Teaching Credential, Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Secondary Teaching Credential, Non-Degree Program
  • Minor in Early Childhood Education

Emergency Services

  • Major in Emergency Management, B.S.
  • Major in Emergency Services, A.S.


  • Major in English, British and American Literature Emphasis, B.A.
  • Major in English, English Education Emphasis, B.A.
  • Major in English, Writing Emphasis, B.A.
  • Minor in English
  • Minor in Writing

Exercise Science

  • Major in Exercise Science, B.S.
  • Major in Physical Education, Teacher Education Emphasis, B.S.
  • Minor in Physical Education


  • Major in History, American History Emphasis, B.A.
  • Major in History, European History Emphasis, B.A.
  • Major in History, Political Studies and Ethics, B.S.
  • Major in Social Studies, B.S.
  • Minor in History


  • Major in Biomathematics, B.S.
  • Major in Mathematics, B.S.
  • Minor in Mathematics


  • Major in Music, A.S. Degree
  • Major in Music, B.S. Degree
  • Major in Music: Composition Emphasis, B.S.
  • Major in Music: K-12 Teacher Training Emphasis, B.S.
  • Major in Music: Performance Emphasis, B.S.

Nursing & Health Sciences

  • Major in Emergency Management, B.S.
  • Major in Emergency Services, A.S.
  • Major in Health Sciences, A.S.
  • Major in Nursing, A.S. and B.S.N. Degrees (2-Step Program)
  • Major in Nursing, B.S.N. Degree (For Registered Nurses only)
  • Pre-Nursing for Admission to the Nursing Program at PUC

Physics & Engineering

  • Major in Biophysics, B.S.
  • Major in Engineering, A.S.
  • Major in Physics, B.S.
  • Minor in Physics

Psychology & Social Work

  • Major in Psychology: B.A. or B.S. Degree
  • Major in Social Work, B.S.W.
  • Minor in Psychology


  • Major in Religion, Biblical Studies Emphasis, B.A.
  • Major in Religion, Health Professions Emphasis, B.A.
  • Major in Religion, Mission Emphasis, B.A.
  • Major in Theology, B.A.
  • Minor in Applied Christianity
  • Minor in Biblical Studies
  • Minor in Religious Studies
  • Minor in Seventh-day Adventist Studies
  • Minor in Theological Studies
  • Minor in Biblical Languages

Visual Arts

  • Major in Art, Fine Art Emphasis, B.A.
  • Major in Art, Photography Emphasis, A.S.
  • Major in Art, Photography Emphasis, B.A.
  • Major in Design, Graphic Design Emphasis, A.S.
  • Major in Design, Graphic Design Emphasis, B.A.
  • Major in Film, A.S.
  • Major in Film, B.A.
  • Major in Film, B.F.A.
  • Major in Fine Art, B.F.A.
  • Major in Graphic Design, B.F.A.
  • Major in Photography, B.F.A.
  • Minor in Film
  • Minor in Graphic Design
  • Minor in Photography
  • Minor in Art
  • Minor in Art History

World Languages & Cultures

  • Emphases for the Major in Global Development Studies, B.A. or B.S.
  • Major in Global Development Studies, B.A. or B.S.
  • Major in Language and Culture Studies, Emphasis in Arabic, B.A.
  • Major in Language and Culture Studies, Emphasis in French, B.A.
  • Major in Language and Culture Studies, Emphasis in German, B.A.
  • Major in Language and Culture Studies, Emphasis in Italian, B.A.
  • Major in Language and Culture Studies, Emphasis in Portuguese, B.A.
  • Major in Language and Culture Studies, Emphasis in Spanish, B.A.
  • Major in Spanish Studies, B.A.


  • Pre-Art Therapy
  • Pre-Cardiac Electrophysiology Technology (A.S.) for Loma Linda Univ.
  • Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science (B.S.) for Loma Linda Univ.
  • Pre-Communication Sciences (B.S.) for Loma Linda Univ.
  • Pre-Cytotechnology (B.S.) for Loma Linda University
  • Pre-Dental Hygiene, B.S., for Admission to Loma Linda University
  • Pre-Dentistry, D.D.S., for Admission to Loma Linda University
  • Pre-Diagnostic Medical Sonography, B.S., for Loma Linda Univ.
  • Pre-Health Information Administration, B.S., for Loma Linda Univ.
  • Pre-Medical Radiography (A.S.) for Loma Linda University
  • Pre-Medicine for Admission to Loma Linda University
  • Pre-Nuclear Medicine (B.S.) for Loma Linda University
  • Pre-Nutrition & Dietetics (B.S. or M.S.) for Loma Linda University
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) for Loma Linda University
  • Pre-Orthotics & Prosthetics (M.S.) for Loma Linda University
  • Pre-Pathologists’ Assistant (M.H.S.) for Loma Linda University
  • Pre-Pharmacy for Admission to Loma Linda University
  • Pre-Physical Therapist Assistant (A.S.) for Loma Linda University
  • Pre-Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) for Loma Linda University
  • Pre-Physician Assistant (M.P.A.) for Loma Linda University
  • Pre-Professional Curriculum: Law
  • Pre-Professional Curriculum: Optometry
  • Pre-Public Health for Admission to Loma Linda University
  • Pre-Radiation Sciences (B.S.) for Loma Linda University
  • Pre-Respiratory Care (B.S.) for Loma Linda University
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine for Admission to UC Davis

Learning at PUC

In addition to major courses, PUC students choose from exciting opportunities on their journey to graduation and career.

General Education

General Education

History, scripture, social science, and scientific reasoning—you will learn about all of these and more in your “GE” classes!  As a liberal arts college, PUC offers students a broad foundation in multiple areas in addition to their chosen area of study. The goal? A broad skill-set ready to be employed in your dream profession. With extraordinary professors who make the material come alive and new friends in each class, you may learn more in your general education courses than just nutrition and statistics!



A unique alternative to the General Education program, students enrolled in the Honors Program take specialized seminars in the arts and sciences, connect with fellow driven students, and make intellectual and spiritual discoveries. Appropriate for any career or post-baccalaureate study, the Honors Program prepares seekers of truth, distinguished scholars, and capable leaders ready for a lifetime of critical thought, aesthetic appreciation, and spiritual prosperity. Visit the Honors program website to learn more.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

PUC is a member of Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA), a consortium of colleges and universities that provides qualified students the opportunity to take study abroad, learn another language, and experience another culture, all while completing requirements for their degree at PUC. ACA offers an academic year program of study as well as a six-week summer course in places like Argentina, France, Italy, and Japan. Learn more about ACA and the 13 international affiliate colleges.

Service Learning

Internships & Service-Learning

Putting knowledge into action is an important way to develop the skills you’ll need to succeed. Internships are encouraged in all academic disciplines and required in some, providing the opportunity to get the professional experience that builds skills and resumes by working at places like DreamWorks Animation, IBM, and Loma Linda University. PUC’s innovative service-learning program integrates getting knowledge with giving back as part of the curriculum for a variety of courses. 

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Academic Support

Pacific Union College students know they’re in an environment where student success comes first. Here are some ways you’ll be supported as you excel!

Academic Advising

Your professor is more than just someone you see in the classroom. They’re also your academic advisor, helping you select the right courses as you complete your degree. They’re also expert resources for keeping up-to-date and ready to make a difference in your field once you graduate.


The Teaching and Learning Center is the place to be Sunday through Thursday for study sessions in over 25 courses, led by students who know the class inside and out (and have already gotten an A). Individual tutoring for those wanting extra support is always available.

Career Counseling

College is great, but what you’re really heading for is the perfect job or ideal graduate program. Career Counseling services are available if you’re confident that you want to be an accountant or an artist, or if you’re still looking for the perfect fit! Workshops and fairs help you connect what you’re learning today with your ultimate goal.

Disabilities Support

If you have extra challenges to learning, there are people ready to help you fulfill your potential.  Together with the Teaching and Learning Center and your professor, there’s a lot that can be done to smooth the road to academic success when you have a learning disability.

Vola Andrianarijaona: Advanced Science

There’s cutting edge, and then there’s unheard of. In his current research into the particle physics subject of charge transfer, Vola Andrianarijaona, professor of physics, is definitely approaching the latter distinction.

Charge transfer is one type of interaction that occurs between molecules upon collision. Some elements of this subject have already been researched extensively, but Vola has taken an interest in a much more challenging area—the low energy charge transfer involving atomic hydrogen and its derivatives, some of the most important astroparticles.


“I chose to focus on these particles because no one else is doing them, because they’re too difficult,” Vola says. That’s no idle boast. The particles within the scope of Vola’s research—specifically atomic hydrogen and molecular ion hydrogen—simply do not exist in Earth’s normal environment, and only occur naturally in the near-vacuum of space and the extreme upper atmosphere. Currently only three research facilities in the world can simulate the conditions for these collisions, using a process called merged beam technique. That means the last few months have involved a lot of travel to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, the U.S. government’s largest science and energy lab; and the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium.

UCL in particular holds a special connection for Vola—he completed his doctoral studies there and served as an assistant professor. Furthermore, it was Vola himself who designed and built one of the advanced pieces of equipment at UCL that is now playing an integral part of this cutting edge research. It’s so advanced, in fact, that scientists have yet to name the device and the techniques for operating it. Vola himself describes it as “something like a portable 3-D image device.”

For all the travel involved, including travel for his student research assistants, Vola’s grant from the National Science Foundation is an essential component of his research. Securing this grant was no easy task—the NSF rejected his first application before agreeing to fund the research for up to three years, based upon annual reviews of his work.

The NSF grant has been vital in providing an important resource as Andrianarijaona performs his experiments: the assistance of excellent student researchers. PUC physics majors Christian Guillén, Shalyn Romano, and April Vassantachart accompanied the physicist on his most recent trip to Oak Ridge. "Other scientists literally came up to me and said, 'Vola, I didn't expect that your students would be that good,'" he says.

Given the obscure nature of Vola’s subject, one might be tempted to wonder what’s the point. Why study a set of particles that hardly even exist within our sphere?

According to Vola, the study of astroparticle charge transfer could yield important information in four different areas. First, as the most basic element in the universe, new insight into the behaviors of hydrogen has the potential to reshape our understandings of fundamental physics. Second, the reactions under observation mimic the conditions of our universe’s earliest moments, meaning that Vola’s findings could shed new light on the scientific assumptions as to how—and when—those moments occurred. The implications of charge transfer also touch two areas a little closer to everyday life: the cooling of nuclear reactions and health science—including the evaluation of current methods of cancer treatment.

Quite a broad range of applications—which is why Vola has been in demand at those advanced research facilities in recent months. He has already published portions of his findings in several peer-reviewed astrophysics journals, and has received several invitations to speak at notable scientific conferences around the country and the world.

Vola hopes to have his latest findings from Belgium and Oak Ridge published this spring. In the meantime, his research continues—and with it, the very horizons of physics for tomorrow’s scientific community.

Craig Church: Class of 2010

Craig Church

"PUC gave me all the tools I needed to develop and learn. Success in the film and animation industry is earned by giving everything you have in pursuit. PUC offers the equipment, quality faculty, and family of fellow students you need in order to do that."

Oregon native Craig Church graduated from PUC in 2010 with his degree in Film and Television Production. Craig’s PUC experience was busy: working on the Campus Chronicle staff, shooting his senior thesis film, and interning at DreamWorks Animation Studios. After graduation, Craig started work at DreamWorks Animation as an assistant artist. His dream job includes working on films like How to Train Your Dragon and Turbo.

The Science of Success

While they are prepared for experiments to go awry and for hypotheses to be incorrect, PUC biology students are part of a legacy of excellence that goes back for generations.

A good scientist knows to expect a certain amount of failure. Robert Lefkowitz, the 2012 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, said, “Science is 99 percent failure, and that’s an optimistic view.” However, students studying the science of biology at Pacific Union College are entirely more familiar with success. While they are prepared for experiments to go awry and for hypotheses to be incorrect, these future doctors, dentists, teachers, researchers and ecologists are part of a legacy of excellence that goes back for generations of PUC grads.

What’s the evidence? For one, the department of biology has flipped that 99 percent statistic of failure to one of success. In 2012, the department of biology scored in the 99th percentile on the Major Field Test, a nationally normed and comprehensive test that is taken at over 400 colleges. The department has consistently scored in the 95th percentile and above in recent years. Recent graduate Mindy Nelson individually scored in the 99.9th percentile before heading to the prestigious veterinary program at UC Davis.

Mindy is a great example of success at PUC leading to success in graduate school, and this is a route most biology majors will take. Heading to graduate school—whether it’s medical school or for a master’s degree in forestry—with a PUC diploma in hand means being prepared for the rigors of what’s next. PUC has exceptionally high acceptance rates to medical school, with more graduates from Loma Linda University’s schools of medicine and dentistry in the last ten years than any other institution. PUC has high rates of acceptance to pre-professional programs as well—over twice the national average. Scores on the MCAT (the admissions exam for medical school) are consistently well above average.

Grad school applications and resumes look awesome when they include cutting edge research and hands-on, interesting internships. “Our students are involved in exciting internships and research, sometimes in coordination with their biology professors,” shares Dr. Robin Vance, department chair. Students have conducted cancer research, worked with wildlife in Africa, and studied rare plants near PUC’s campus in the Napa Valley, a location with incredible biodiversity.

Add hands-on, high-impact learning like study trips over school breaks to places like Brazil and the Mendocino coast; field study trips for courses like marine science and flowering plants; and access to the latest technology in well-stocked laboratories and you see why this program is so attractive to so many students. But it’s when you meet the professors in the department that know exactly why PUC students are so familiar with success. Caring, Christian professors who put student learning first and yet are engaged in research and scholarship themselves are the hallmark of the PUC faculty.

Learn more about why the department of biology is so successful.

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