Pre-Veterinary Science

Most students intending to pursue veterinary school after graduation choose to major in biology or chemistry. Pre-professional advisors are available in both of these disciplines to assist in helping pre-veterinary majors choose an appropriate course of study and understand the entrance procedures and requirements of various post-baccalaureate programs.                                                                                                    

The majority of the professional schools seek pre-veterinary majors or students who have completed a relevant program with courses in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and have a background in English, humanities and social sciences. An ability to solve scientific problems and a broad undergraduate education are considered essential for the pre-veterinary degree-seeking student. Students may major in any subject or pursue any academic interest as long as the required courses are completed.

In preparation for admission to veterinary school, students should obtain a broad background in natural sciences, social studies and humanities. Students who are considering pre-veterinary majors should consult bulletins from veterinary schools of their choice for specific entrance requirements. Minimum requirements for most professional schools are as follows:

  • BIOL 133 and 113 Population Biology and Lab
  • BIOL 134 and 114 Cell Biology and Lab
  • BIOL 244 Human Physiology
  • BIOL 340 Genetics
  • BIOL 343 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 345 Microbiology
  • BIOL 346 Biochemistry
  • CHEM 132 and 111 Gen. Chemistry I and Lab
  • CHEM 232 and 211 Gen. Chemistry II and Lab
  • CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry II
  • MATH 132 College Algebra or higher
  • MATH 335 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • PHYS 241 Physics I
  • PHYS 242 Physics II
  • PSYC 131 Basic Psychology


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