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The Pre-Professional Human Medicine (HMED) Track in the BS in Biology program prepares students for subsequent medical education and training, allowing for successful admission to, for example, medical (MD, DO), dental (DDS, DMD), veterinary (DVM), physical therapy (DPT), and physician assistant (MS) programs worldwide.

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Subsequent education and training in human or veterinary medicine
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Biology at FranU

Program Admission Requirements

A student must declare the Bachelor of Science in Biology program his/her major prior to completing the final 60 credit hours required for the degree. Applicants to the program must meet with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan. All degree plans must be approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Requirements for acceptance into the program are the same as for acceptance to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

Program Mission

The mission of the Biology Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is to create quality educational experiences in all areas of biology and chemistry, especially those integral to the health of the population. The core principles of scientific inquiry and ethics serve to integrate coursework throughout the curriculum.

Program Goals

  • To provide a multidisciplinary education that emphasizes ethical scientific reasoning and problem solving
  • To prepare students for a wide variety of post-baccalaureate paths, including careers in laboratory science or instrumentation and graduate programs in laboratory research or medicine (physician/physician assistant/physical therapy)

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

  • Illustrate the processes of life using natural science (biology, chemistry, physics) concepts.
  • Apply the scientific method to develop and test hypotheses.
  • Evaluate scientific data using mathematics and statistics.
  • Communicate scientific findings to scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Examine the relationship between biology and social problems.
  • Apply scientific and research ethics to decision-making.
  • Examine the relationship between biology and the Franciscan values.
  • Apply anatomical and physiological concepts to the study of human biology and pathophysiology.


What will I learn in the biology program?

The biology bachelor’s degree will build a solid base of knowledge in the principles of biology and chemistry while also providing track-specific courses in concentrated subject areas. During the program of study, students will take courses in biology foundations, general chemistry, biology and chemistry labs, algebra, psychology, organic chemistry and microbiology. Beyond these foundational courses, students will encounter diverse course offerings tailored to each unique program track.

What can I do with a biology bachelors degree?

Biology program graduates can pursue careers in a wide range of fields. Careers in biology and chemistry include those in biotechnology, biochemical, and laboratory science in academia or industry. In addition, many BS in biology graduates choose to apply to graduate programs to study health administration, physical therapy, medicine, or veterinary science.

Pre-Professional Human Medicine track, Accelerated 3+2 Pathway to Physician Assistant Studies Pathway, or Accelerated 3+3 Pathway to DPT Studies tracks can prepare for graduate programs that enable them to attain careers in the health and medical field as physical therapists, physicians, or physician assistants.

Salary outlooks for biology careers can vary depending on specialization and degree level, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), individuals with a degree in biology earn a median annual salary of $65,000, with 69% employed at the bachelor’s degree level. The BLS also reports that microbiologists can earn an annual salary of $79,260, and biological technicians, who are responsible for assisting with laboratory tests and experiments, earn a median salary of $48,140.

What are graduates doing now?

Graduates of the bachelor’s degree in biology program (tracked since 2013) have been accepted to the following programs:

  • American University of the Caribbean Medical School
  • FranU DPT Program
  • FranU Master of Health Administration Program
  • LSU Graduate School – Biological Engineering
  • LSU Graduate School – Biology
  • LSU Health – Shreveport Medical School
  • LSUHSC - New Orleans School of Medicine
  • Midwestern University in Arizona Cardiovascular Sciences/Perfusion
  • Our Lady of the Lake/FranU Physician Assistant Program
  • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
  • St. George Medical School
  • University of Southern California School of Social Work
  • University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences DPT Program
  • University of the Incarnate Word School of Pharm

What percentage of Biology graduates who apply to a graduate clinical program are accepted?

Since 2013, 67% of BS in biology students have been ultimately accepted to their first-choice medical schools, physician assistant programs, and doctor of physical therapy programs, among others.

How affordable is the BS in biology?

At FranU, we understand that financing your education is one of the most important decisions you will make. We strive to provide our students with the highest level of care and professionalism as stewards of federal, state and institutional funds. Many of our students receive financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships and loans.

To discover estimated costs, use FranU’s Undergraduate Tuition Calculator tool. For information on internal and external scholarship opportunities, visit the Scholarships page. You can also learn more about the financial aid process and tuition rates on the Office of Financial Aid page.


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Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.


Curriculum Notes:

Total hours for the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology - Pre-Professional Human Medicine Track = 122 credit hours

*Students who wish to apply to medical school should strive to take BIOL4320 and BIOL4321 Biochemistry I and II in their junior year to prepare for the MCAT. These students should work with their advisor to optimize their schedule.

Behavioral/Social Sciences electives may be taken from ANTH, ECON, HIST, POLI, PSYC, RELS, SOCI.

Ethics/Philosophy electives may be taken from PHIL 2315, PHIL 2320, THEO 3345, THEO 3350, THEO 3360.

Humanities/Fine Arts electives may be taken from ENGL, MUSI, ART, HIST, HUMN, PHIL, RELS, THEO.

Human Biology electives may be taken from BIOL3000 or 4000 level; ideally these have physiology in the name but endocrinology, oncology, embryology, immunology, kinesiology, gross anatomy are also accepted.