Academic Spotlight: Interesting Classes at PUC

While you will obviously take many classes for the major you end up studying, one thing you may not know about college is you will also need to take general education classes as well. What are general education requirements? Essentially, it’s classes that cover basic ideas and concepts PUC wants all of its graduates to know, like English, history, religion, etc. It amounts to approximately 23 courses (68-79 hours) for students studying bachelor of science degrees and 24-27 courses (72-97 hours) for those studying bachelor of arts degrees. You can read “What on Earth are General Education Requirements?!” to learn more.

We thought it would be fun to highlight some of the different and unique classes at PUC students may be able to take to fulfill their GE requirements or simply take as an elective.

  • AVIA 101: Intro to Aviation
  • AGRI 212: Home Greenhouse Gardening
  • AGRI 213: Organic Vegetable Gardening
  • BIOL 227: Natural History of California
  • BIOL 331: Marine Science
  • BUAD 118: Personal Money Management
  • CHEM 210: Laboratory Glassblowing
  • COMM 105: Introduction to Communication
  • JOUR 110: Current Issues in the Media
  • JOUR 350: Campus Chronicle Production
  • ECED 181: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • EDUC 101: Introduction to Teaching
  • DRMA 229: Acting Fundamentals
  • ENGL 210: Bay Area Theater
  • ENGL 212: Shakespeare in Performance
  • WRIT 313: Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ESAC 160: Fencing
  • ESAC 178: Canoeing
  • ESTH 365: Outdoor Experience
  • HIST 360: Adventist Heritage
  • PLSC 124: Introduction to American Government
  • MUHL 105:Survey of Music
  • EMER 104: Emergency Medical Technician
  • EMER 180: Fundamentals of Technical Rescue I
  • NURS 110: Introduction to Nursing
  • HLTH 101: Introduction to Allied Health Professions
  • PSYC 121 – General Psychology
  • SOWK 121: Introduction to Social Work
  • RELB 180: Introduction to the Old Testament
  • RELB 190: Introduction to the New Testament
  • RELB 230: Psalms and Wisdom Literature
  • RELB 250: Parables of Jesus
  • RELB 328: Jesus and the Gospels
  • ARTD 130: Fundamentals of Graphic Design
  • ARTF 212: Ceramics I
  • ARTH 260: History of World Cinema
  • ARTP 150: Black & White Photography Fundamentals
  • MDIA 152: Introduction to Filmmaking

Hopefully, you’re getting excited about college and the prospect of taking classes more aligned with your interests. This list should give you some great ideas of classes you could take your first year at PUC, or options for future years. Class registration starts in just a few days on April 4, so start thinking now about what you want to take. If you haven’t paid your $200 enrollment fee yet (it’s required before registering for classes), visit or call (707) 965-7530 to pay now so you can be ready to register!

Join Us for Admitted Students Day!

If you’re an accepted student, we hope you can make plans to join us on May 17 for Admitted Students Day, a special day to celebrate your big achievement. Meet your future classmates and professors, enjoy your soon-to-be campus, and get firsthand experience of life as a Pioneer! Keep an eye on your inbox for more information about this exciting event.

Register now for Admitted Students Day at

While you’re here, get things done on your accepted student checklist:

  • Register for classes, explore your major, and meet your professors
  • Tour the residence halls and see which one feels most like home
  • Learn about student support services and resources
  • Meet with your financial counselor to finalize your aid package
  • Indulge in a delicious meal or two in the Dining Commons
  • Take a hike in PUC’s forest
  • Experience the Napa Valley community and all it has to offer
  • Join our campus family for vespers and church (for overnight guests)

There will also be special programs for parents and guardians.

If you haven’t been accepted yet, we invite you to finish your application now. Visit to see what’s left for you to submit, or you can bring your outstanding documents to have your application reviewed during Admitted Students Day.

Email or call (800) 862-7080, option 2 for more information or to talk with an admissions counselor.

Register now for Admitted Students Day at

We can’t wait to have you here!

PUC in Pictures: Winter 2019 Edition

With the close of another great winter quarter here at PUC, we’re taking a moment to reflect back on some of the many great moments over the past few months that made this quarter unforgettable.

Remember—You can follow PUC on Instagram and browse through some of our hashtags for a closer look at student life at PUC. #PUCNow and #PUCAdventures are good places to start!

Have a great spring break! We’ll see you in April!

Student Research Profile: Emily Castellanos

Here at PUC, biology students have countless opportunities to get involved with research, oftentimes working alongside professors on projects. Programs are specially curated to not only prepare students academically but also to equip them with real-world experience for success in future endeavors.

Here’s one student’s experience and how they feel PUC helped prepare them.

Who are you?

I am Emily Castellanos, and I am a senior biology, pre-vet major. I plan to go to graduate school for a masters in biomedical sciences: animal anatomy and physiology, then go to professional school to become a veterinarian.

What did you do?

I interned this summer as a veterinarian assistant at an animal hospital. I performed simple tasks such as cleaning cages, taking dogs out for short walks, and administering vaccines to cats and dogs to more complicated tasks such as monitoring anesthesia, performing blood draws, taking notes for the doctors, and interacting with as well as explaining treatment plans to clients.

When and where did you do this work?

My initial internship was for two and a half months (summer 2018), but now has been extended to a part-time job until I graduate in 2019. The animal hospital is the California Pet Hospital in Napa.

What did you learn?

I’ve learned so many things during my time at Cal Pet. I’ve learned about the basic anatomy of cats and dogs, the physiology of and calculations for the dosing of medications. I have had the amazing opportunity to learn how to interact with clients, basic animal behavior cues, surgery equipment identification, how to make estimates for treatments, basic radiography, cytology, and many other valuable skills.

How did your experience at PUC help prepare you for this experience?

There are several classes PUC offers which have helped prepare me for this experience. While many of the classes related to medicine are focused on human anatomy and physiology, there are countless comparative similarities between animals and humans. Thus, Human Anatomy, Developmental Biology, and Systems Physiology have been the most helpful in giving me background knowledge for treatments as well as allowing me to be more useful to the veterinarians because I have knowledge on what they talk about. But even the foundational sequences in biology and chemistry have also proven to be very helpful as well.

Academic Spotlight: Global Development Studies

Do you care about the people and problems of the world?

Do you desire to learn, not just from lectures and books, but also through real-life experiences and relationships?

Do you seek a career where your passions and the world’s needs intersect?

For over 130 years, PUC has produced creative, socially responsible graduates who are ready to represent Christ in a vast and changing world. Our founders set out to prepare students for “productive lives of useful human service and uncompromising personal integrity” and it is with our mission statement in mind a new program was created.

In 2017, PUC introduced a new program, global development studies. Taken in conjunction with another major, this program encourages students to think critically about complex world issues while considering social, economic, political, and environmental factors, within a faith perspective. Theory is integrated with real-world experience, as students are immersed in diverse cultures and build relationships around the world, transcending the typical classroom setting. Students learn to effectively communicate and interact with others from different cultural backgrounds while serving in partnership with individual communities.

Possible double majors available:

  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film & TV
  • Graphic Design
  • Language & Culture Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Photography
  • Social Work

Program Highlights

  • The program is designed to be interdisciplinary, giving students the opportunity to follow their passions, while choosing from a combination of religion, communication, environmental studies, and sociology courses
  • Students are required to spend time studying abroad or participating in an international service project
  • Students will develop a capstone project showcasing their plan for global service within their chosen profession, working closely with their advisor

Possible Career Options

  • Church leader
  • Community organizer
  • Diplomat
  • English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher
  • Environmental manager
  • Human rights advocate
  • International development consultant
  • Non-profit program manager
  • Public health worker
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Social worker
  • Teacher
  • Urban planner
  • Volunteer coordinator

The world desperately needs people who are ready to serve, are open to change, and feel called to His service. Talk with an admissions counselor to learn more about the global development studies program at PUC, and everywhere it can take you. Email or call (800) 862-7080, option 2 to get connected with a counselor now.

A Spring Checklist for Accepted Students

Happy first official day of spring! Wherever you are, we hope it’s a beautiful day.

If you’re an accepted student, the spring is a great time to get a lot of important things taken care of.

Pay your enrollment fee & fill out a housing form. You will need to pay a $200 enrollment fee before registering for classes, as well as submit a housing form. You can do both at If you pay your fee before May 1, $100 of it will be put towards your fall tuition bill!

Apply for PUC scholarships. If you haven’t already, check out what scholarships PUC offers. There’s still plenty of time to write those essays! See a full list of PUC scholarships at Be sure to check out the Maxwell Scholarship, which is worth approximately $116,000!

Submit your FAFSA. One of the most important things you can do to prepare for college is to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is an online form you will submit each year that determines your eligibility for student financial aid. This information is used by the Student Finance office to put together your financial aid award. Note: If you have 10 minutes, you can use PUC’s net price calculator to get a preliminary estimate of how much aid you may qualify for. Get started now at

Register for classes. You will be assigned an academic advisor in the program you’re planning to study and will work closely with them to come up with your perfect (or relatively close to perfect!) class schedule for the fall. This professor knows the ins and outs of your major and works with you to foster academic, spiritual, and personal growth. Your advisor will be one of the most important people you work with on campus during your years at PUC since they need to approve your class schedule each quarter to help make sure you stay on track to complete your degree!  

Submit your health forms. Turning in your health forms before you get to campus will only make your future life easier! You can find the forms at

If you have any questions while working on these items, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Admissions office at or through our 800 number at (800) 862-7080, option 2. Our team of counselors is happy to help!

Student Research Profile: Sean Richards

Here at PUC, biology students have countless opportunities to get involved with research, oftentimes working alongside professors on projects. Programs are specially curated to not only prepare students academically but also to equip them with real-world experience for success in future endeavors.

Here’s one student’s experience and how they feel PUC helped prepare them.

Who are you?

I am Sean Richards, and I am a senior biology major. I plan to go on to graduate school in marine biology to specialize in invertebrate conservation.

What did you do?

I participated in a research trip with Dr. Hayes to study the commensal associations between different species of urchins, invertebrates, and fish. During this time, I was responsible for taking photos as well as counting urchin individuals, with and without associating organisms.

When and where did you do this work?

This research opportunity took place in January 2019 off the coasts of Cabo San Lucas, in the Gulf of California.

What did you learn?

I learned an immense amount on this trip. Though swimming in a wetsuit for multiple hours in a day can be tiring, it is well worth the effort. I saw several species of pufferfish, pipefish, and eels I had only read about or seen in captivity up until that point. It was also interesting to peek into each crevice to find different species hiding within the urchin’s spines for protection. From this, I learned much about underwater photography, the collection of density measurements, as well as the resources available for fish/invertebrate identification.

How did your experience at PUC help prepare you for this experience?

The classes immediately come to mind for me are those of General Biology, Ecology, and Marine Biology. From these classes, I learned an enormous amount about the writing of scientific papers, animal anatomy, as well as the mindset goes into doing this kind of research. Also, students at PUC are lucky enough to have a department that routinely offers research opportunities in a variety of areas.