Interested in Health Sciences? Gain important cultural perspectives at Franklin as you prepare for a career in this important field of study.
Pre-Health Sciences is a curriculum option for students that intend to pursue graduate or professional studies in the broad field of Health Sciences, including dentistry, environmental health, medicine, nursing and public health, after graduating from Franklin. The curriculum is designed to ensure that you complete commonly required and recommended courses for pre-health graduate programs while pursuing your chosen major.
|General Pre-Health Requirements*||Franklin Courses†|
|One year of General Biology with lab||BIO 101 and BIO 102 General Biology with lab|
|One year of General Chemistry with lab||CHEM 101 General Chemistry with lab|
|One year of Organic Chemistry with lab||Organic Chemistry to begin in Fall 2021|
|One year of General Physics with lab||Physics to begin in Spring 2022|
|One semester of Mathematics||MAT 200 Calculus|
|One semester of Statistics||MAT 201 or ENV 250 Statistics|
|One semester of Psychology||PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology|
|One year of English||WTG 150, WTG 200, CLCS or LIT Writing courses|
|One semester of Humanities or Social Science||AHT, COM, ECN, HIS, POL, POL, PSY or SJS|
|One semester of Biochemistry||Biochemistry to begin in Spring 2022|
Other Science Courses‡
|BIO 297 Wilderness Medicine in a Changing Climate
BIO 330 Epidemiology, Disease and Public Health
Courses in anatomy, physiology and environmental health to begin in Fall 2022.
|*Entry requirements of specific programs may differ among institutions
†Students entering Franklin with university credit towards specific requirements can apply those credits to substitute for the pre-health courses (e.g. AP, IB, etc.).
‡May be required by some programs
Health Sciences graduate programs are generally looking for well-rounded candidates who not only have the appropriate knowledge, but who also have excellent critical thinking, speaking, writing and quantitative skills, who are team players, who are culturally competent and who have a developed set of ethics and a service-oriented outlook. At Franklin you will have a wide array of courses, majors, minors and experiences to choose from that will develop and strengthen these skills.
Curriculum and Advising
You will need to plan early and carefully with your advisor to ensure that your schedule permits you to complete your major and the Pre-Health curriculum. Most majors will fit into a standard course load. If you choose a major that has heavier course requirements, you will likely need to take course overloads or summer courses to complete your degree in four years, unless you enter Franklin with advanced standing credits. When you choose the Pre-Health option, you will declare a major from those offered at Franklin, as Pre-Health is not a formal major, minor or certificate. The following sample four-year plan shows what your schedule might look like when you choose Pre-Health.
Franklin's partnership with the Colorado School of Medicine gives you access to opportunities and resources, including Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification opportunities, as well as contact with Medical faculty. Volunteering at a hospital, interning with a doctor or medical lab, or gaining EMT training can also be ways to benefit your application to graduate programs or your future career.
For additional information, contact the Office of Admissions