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

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 and CHEM 102 General Chemistry with lab

One year of Organic Chemistry with lab

CHEM 201 and CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry with lab

One semester of Biochemistry

CHEM 301 Biochemistry 

One semester of General Physics with lab

PHYS 101 Physics for Health Sciences with lab

One semester of Mathematics (Calculus often recommended)

MAT 200 

One semester of Statistics

MAT 201 or ENV 250 

One semester of Psychology

Any PSY course; PSY 100 recommended

One year of English

WTG 150WTG 200, or CLCS Writing courses

One semester of Humanities or Social Science


Other Science Courses‡
   Public Health
   Environmental Health

BIO 297 Wilderness Medicine in a Changing Climate

BIO 330 Epidemiology, Disease and Public Health

ENV 240 Environment and Health

Other upper-level BIO courses

Anatomy and physiology courses forthcoming

*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

Your path to a Medical Career through SGU

At Franklin University Switzerland, our Pre-Health Sciences curriculum forms a solid foundation for aspiring health professionals. With our partnership with St. George’s University (SGU) School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, FUS students are uniquely poised to transition smoothly into SGU's prestigious Doctor of Medicine program through a 3+4 accelerated pathway. Students are able to pursue their studies at their main campus in Grenada and the United Kingdom.

Entry Requirements

To qualify for SGU's 4-year MD program, FUS graduates must meet a set of clear entry requirements:
-  A minimum overall GPA of 3.4/5.
-  Completion of pre-health track courses.
-  Satisfactory performance on the MCAT for U.S. students, with specific guidelines for Canadian and international applicants.

Grades to be reviewed holistically and based on strong science grades, primarily: Biology and Chemistry; secondarily: Physics and/or Math. See Affiliate's Foundation Programme Tariff/Grading Scale document

Admissions steps

An interview by SGU is required before a Conditional Acceptance can be issued. In addition, the following documentation is necessary:
Prior to Interview:
-  Completed Application:
-  Academic transcripts and certificates for the last three years
-  Two academic letters of recommendation (e.g. Science instructor, Head of School, Dean, etc.)
-  Personal statement5. Completed Confidential Financial Statement
For full SGU acceptance:
-  Final Academic Transcript demonstrating required entry requirements by SGU have been met upon completion of Affiliate's program (first and second columns)
-  IELTS / UKVI IELTS or equivalent results
-  One Letter of Good Character, issued by the Principal/ Head of school1 

SGU Program Benefits

  • Preferred entry dates in August, September, or January for SGU's medical pathways.
  • Conditional acceptance after an interview, subject to academic and document review.
  • Opportunities for scholarships, including merit-based awards and the International Peace Bursary.

Strategic Curriculum at FUS Our curriculum equips you with critical competencies for medical school readiness:

  • A comprehensive suite of pre-health courses.
  • Development of critical thinking, teamwork, and ethical frameworks.
  • Access to certifications and hands-on experiences through our partnership with the Colorado School of Medicine.

By choosing FUS, you are stepping into a world of academic excellence, with tailored guidance and an international perspective that aligns with the global standards of SGU.


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