Course Requirements

Applicants must complete a series of undergraduate prerequisite courses. They include courses in Science, Math, General Education (English, Humanities and Social Sciences) and advanced level electives. We strongly recommend having no more than three Science or Math prerequisite courses missing prior to your application submission.

Some of the introductory pre-professional courses may be taken at any college. All upper-division prerequisite courses: Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology with lab must be completed at a four-year institution offering a Biology degree. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a letter grade of ā€œCā€ or above by the Spring Semester prior to the start of veterinary school. If a ā€œC-ā€ or below is earned, the course must be retaken.

For those students attending a quarter unit institution, use the following formula to determine prerequisite course equivalency. Quarter Units divided by 1.5 equals the number of semester hours. For example, 5 quarter units of Genetics equals 3.3 semester hours.

You may compare your institution’s course description with our Undergraduate Course Requirements.

Science and Math Prerequisites

Biological Science with Lab

  • Two semesters or three quarters
  • Minimum credits: 8 semester hours or 12 quarter units
  • A full-year of general biology or zoology with laboratory will fulfill this requirement

Microbiology with Lab

  • One semester
  • Minimum credits: 4 semester hours or 6 quarter units
  • Must be an upper-level microbiology course not intended for allied health programs

Genetics

  • One semester
  • Minimum credits: 3 semester hours or 5 quarter units
  • Must be an upper-level genetics course intended for science majors

General (Inorganic) Chemistry with Lab

  • Two semesters or three quarters
  • Minimum credits: 8 semester hours or 12 quarter units
  • The expected course is a full year of general chemistry course with laboratory

Organic Chemistry with Lab

  • Two semesters or three quarters
  • Minimum credits: 8 semester hours or 12 quarter units
  • The expected course is a full year of organic chemistry course with laboratory

Biochemistry

  • One semester
  • Minimum credits: 3 semester hours or 5 quarter units
  • Must be an upper-level biochemistry course

Physics with Lab

  • Two semesters
  • Minimum credits: 8 semester hours or 12 quarter units
  • This should be a full-year course in college physics with laboratory

Statistics

  • One semester
  • Minimum credits: 3 semester hours or 5 quarter units
  • A college introductory statistics course will meet this requirement

Advanced Electives

Because of the demands of the professional curriculum, we require a minimum of 9 credits of challenging courses that go beyond the pre-professional requirements. These advance level courses can be found in all departments. Some recommendations to prepare you for the veterinary school curriculum are courses like: Animal Nutrition, Biological Sciences (Physiology, Human Physiology, Molecular Physiology, Histology, Molecular Biology, Bacterial Pathogens, Parasitology), advanced courses in Communication, Business and Psychology, etc.

General Education Requirements

English

  • Courses include: composition, literature and writing
  • Minimum credits: 6 semester hours or 9 quarter units

Humanities and Social Science

  • Courses include: languages, philosophy, religion, music and theater, political science, sociology, psychology etc.
  • Minimum: 15 semester hours or 22-23 quarter units

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