Pair with any bachelor’s degree

Degree Type

Advising Program


Natural & Environmental Sciences (NES) Department

To pursue a professional degree in dentistry, physical therapy, podiatry or optometry, you’ll need a strong scientific foundation and hands-on experience in the field.

Program Overview

Manifest your dreams of helping people heal as a medical professional.

If you’re interested in becoming a healthcare professional, you might be wondering which major to choose. For many career fields, there’s no one right answer. The liberal arts curriculum at Western Colorado University offers you the opportunity to take the foundational science courses you’ll need to apply to various professional programs, while also exploring other areas of interest. If you’re still figuring out your career path, you can rest assured that the Pre-Medicine program complements a variety of majors and disciplines. Through immersive courses, on-campus clubs, research assistantships and mentorship programs, you’ll gain hands-on experience to discover your passion and get a competitive edge to pursue an advanced degree.

Over the last 10 years, 89 percent of Western students who have applied for a healthcare-related professional program have been accepted. These high acceptance rates into competitive schools can be credited to the hard work of our students, the support provided by our dedicated faculty and our commitment to academic and professional success.

Firsthand experience

We help students maintain an edge by offering early exposure to healthcare fields, an abundance of research opportunities and a variety of high-quality courses.


Code Title Credits Description
BIOL 342 Microbiology (with laboratory) 4 View
BIOL 420 Molecular Biology (with laboratory) 4 View
CHEM 334 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1 View
CHEM 335 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1 View
CHEM 471 Biochemistry I 3 View
MATH 151 Calculus I (GT-MA1) 4 View
MATH 213 Probability and Statistics 3 View
PHYS 170 Principles of Physics I (with laboratory) (GT-SC1) 4 View
PHYS 171 Principles of Physics II (with laboratory) (GT-SC1) 4 View
PHYS 200 General Physics I (with laboratory) (GT-SC1) 4 View
PHYS 201 General Physics II (with laboratory) (GT-SC1) 4 View
PSY 100 General Psychology (GT-SS3) 3 View


Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.


Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

News & Research

Western announces partnership with Rocky Vista University

Western announces partnership with Rocky Vista University

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Get Involved

Expand your community and your network.

There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance your career.

  • Pre-Health Club: These students collaborate to host medically-relevant events and volunteer services.
  • Research Assistantships: Many professors conduct externally-funded research and are always looking for student help.
  • Shadowing: Opportunities to shadow practicing clinicians exist both locally and throughout the United States.
  • Thornton Biology Research Program: Students can receive funding and work with faculty on original research.
  • Pre-Health Mentorship Program: Students are paired with a qualified health professional to help them gain hands-on experience and prepare for a career after graduation.

A commitment to success

Over the last 10 years, 89 percent of Western students who have applied for a healthcare-related professional program have been accepted. These high acceptance rates into competitive schools can be credited to the hard work of our students, the support provided by our dedicated faculty and Western’s commitment to success.

Additional Resources

Pre-Health Mentorship Program

Western’s innovative pre-health mentorship program helps prepare students for the next step in their healthcare career by pairing them with a qualified health professional.

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Rocky Vista University Early Acceptance Program

Western and Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVU) have partnered to create an Early Acceptance Program, granting provisional medical school acceptance for Western students.

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Thornton Biology Research Program

The Thornton Biology Research Program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work with faculty on funded, original research.

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Department Chairperson

Robin A. Bingham, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Administrative Assistant

Samantha Siegfried

Administrative Assistant for NES and MCS

Contact Information


Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Hurst Hall 128
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231