Pre-allied Health


The Biology program provides a comprehensive educational experience consistent with Western’s liberal arts philosophy. The Cell Biology/Pre-Medicine Emphasis is for students seeking careers in biotechnology, graduate programs in laboratory biology, and professional programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry and pharmaceutical studies.

What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?

With a faculty focused on teaching, small classes and hands-on learning opportunities, you’ll delve deeply into your focus areas, as well as the supporting sciences of physics, chemistry and mathematics. You’ll know your professors as they enrich your understanding of the current social, political and economic milieu. You’ll learn by experience as you build knowledge for your career and/or graduate school.

Pre-Medicine, Pre-Allied Health and Pre-Vet Biology majors receive broad training in the life sciences. The contemporary curriculum includes hands-on learning through laboratory and field experience. Our low student-to-faculty ratio allows meaningful interaction between biology majors and their professors, both in- and outside the classroom. Professors advise students on both their academic scheduling and career options. Students are encouraged to conduct research projects with faculty, and to participate in internships with private entities and local agencies.

Beyond the Classroom

Students in Western’s Pre-Medicine, Pre-Allied Health and Pre-Vet Biology program have unique opportunities to gain experience in scientific investigation through active participation with faculty in laboratory research.

Through funding from Thornton research grants, students can further hone the ancillary skills required to carry out research, by writing funding proposals, giving on-campus presentations of their work and drafting final research reports.

Some students present their results at national meetings of scientific societies and publish their findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Some also attend summer research programs, providing them with a more intensive research experience.

After Graduation

For those students headed to graduate or medical school, the Pre-Med/Pre-Allied-Health/Pre-Vet Biology emphasis offers prepares them for entry into medical school, dental school, physician’s assistant school, physical therapy school, nursing school, pharmacy school and dental hygienist school.