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.
FranU’s forensic science and biology faculty members are highly skilled professionals with extensive subject area expertise and a passion to teach students how to apply scientific knowledge to their future careers in forensic science and beyond.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Graduates of the bachelor’s degree in biology program (tracked since 2013) have been accepted to the following programs:
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.
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.
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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.
|ACSM 1110 - Introduction to College Education||1|
|BIOL 1110 - Introduction to Medical Terminology||1|
|BIOL 1315 - Biology for Majors I||3|
|BIOL 1315L - Biology for Majors I Laboratory||1|
|CHEM 1315 - General Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 1315L - General Chemistry I Laboratory||1|
|MATH 1315 - College Algebra||3|
|WRIT 1310 - College Writing I||3|
|Semester Credit Hours||16|
|BIOL 1910 - Vocations in the Life Sciences||1|
|BIOL 1316 - Biology for Majors II||3|
|BIOL 1316L - Biology for Majors II Laboratory||1|
|CHEM 1316 - General Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 1316L - General Chemistry II Laboratory||1|
|WRIT 1311 - College Writing II||3|
|MATH 1320 - Plane Trigonometry||3|
|Semester Credit Hours||15|
|BIOL 2310 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I||3|
|BIOL 2310L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory||1|
|CHEM 2310 - General Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 2310L - General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory||1|
|MATH 2520 - Calculus for the Sciences||5|
|Semester Credit Hours||16|
|BIOL 2311 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II||3|
|BIOL 2311L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory||1|
|CHEM 2311 - General Organic Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 2311L - General Organic Chemistry II Laboratory||1|
|MATH 2315 - General Statistics||3|
|PSYC 1310 - Introductory Psychology||3|
|Semester Credit Hours||14|
|BIOL 2325 - Fundamentals of Microbiology||3|
|BIOL 2325L - Fundamentals of Microbiology Laboratory||1|
|PHYS 1415 - General Physics I||4|
|BIOL 3390 - Pathophysiology I||3|
|BIOL 3000 or 4000 Level||3|
|Semester Credit Hours||17|
|BIOL 2135 - Medical/Surgical Observation||1|
|Semester Credit Hours||1|
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.