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 Revised versions of BIO 101 and 102 with lab to begin in Fall 2020
One year of General Chemistry with lab General Chemistry to begin in Fall 2020
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
One semester of Statistics MAT 201 or ENV 250
One semester of Psychology PSY 100
One year of English WTG 150, WTG 200, or any course from CLCS or LIT
One semester of Humanities or Social Science Any course from AHT, COM, ECN, HIS, POL, PSY or SJS
One semester of Biochemistry Biochemistry to begin in Spring 2022
Other Science Courses‡
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Public Health
  • Environmental Health
BIO 297: Wilderness medicine (summer course)BIO 330: Epidemiology, public healthCourses 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.

Sample Schedule

Year Fall Spring
  • First Year Seminar
  • General Chemistry I (with lab)
  • PSY 100
  • Language
  • Academic Travel
  • General Chemistry II (with lab)
  • General Biology I (with lab)
  • WTG 150
  • Language
  • Academic Travel
  • Organic Chemistry (with lab)
  • General Biology II (with lab)
  • MAT 200
  • Language
  • Academic Travel
  • Biochemistry
  • Physics (with lab)
  • MAT 201
  • Language
  • Academic Travel
  • Second English course
  • Two major or elective courses
  • Language
  • Academic Travel
  • Four major or elective courses
  • Academic Travel
  • Four major or elective courses
  • Academic Travel
  • Four major or elective courses
  • Academic Travel

Extra-Curricular Preparation

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