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Common Prerequisites

The following courses are the most commonly required by veterinary medical schools as prerequisites. Students should always check their prerequisite classes against their top choices of schools, as schools do vary by requirement.

  • MATH 153  (Pre-Calculus)
  • PHYS 111, 112, 113 with labs (Introductory Physics)
  • BIOL 181, 182, 183 with labs (General Biology)
  • BIOL 321 Genetics
  • BIOL 213 Quantitative Methods in Biology (Statistics)
  • CHEM 181, 182, 183 with labs (General Chemistry) *MATH 153 is a prerequisite for CHEM 183
  • CHEM 361, 362,  with lab  (Organic Chemistry)
  • CHEM 431 & 432 (Lab not required for most schools)

In addition, coursework in the following is strongly recommended:

  • BIOL 323 (Microbiology)
  • BIOL 352 (Parasitology)
  • BIOL 353 (Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy)
  • BIOL 354 (General Vertebrate Embryology)
  • BIOL 355 and 356 (Human Anatomy and Physiology)
  • BIOL 422 (Immunology)
  • BIOL 426 (Medical Microbiology)
  • BIOL 430 (Cellular Biology)
  • BIOL 455 (Zoophysiology)
  • COM 302 (Intercultural Communications)
  • NUTR 101 (Nutrition)
  • PSY 101 (Psychology)
  • BUS 241 (Legal Environment of Business)
  • MATH 311 (Statistical Concepts and Methods) *MATH 130 is a pre-requisite for this class

In addition, students should take a broad range of humanities and social sciences electives, such as Sociology, Psychology, Humanities, or Literature.