Pre-Veterinary Medicine Curriculum

Pre-veterinary students are strongly encouraged to select a major and pursue a degree in an academic specialty of special interest. Most colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S. require applicants to complete 60-70 credit-hours of undergraduate course work. Applicants who complete a four-year college degree are generally given preference. Many schools require admission test results; the specific test varies from school to school, some require the GRE, others the MCAT. A contract between Nebraska and Iowa State University supports veterinary training for residents of Nebraska. Advisers: Dean’s Office and Dr. William deGraw in the biology department.

The following courses or their equivalents meet the specific requirements for most veterinary schools in the Midwest and must be taken regardless of major chosen:

Degree Requirements

English Composition (6 hours)

To be selected from:

ENGL 1150/ENGL 1154English Composition I

3 credits

ENGL 1160/ENGL 1164English Composition II

3 credits

ENGL 2400Advanced Composition

3 credits

ENGL 2410Critical Approaches to Literature

3 credits

ENGL 3980Technical Writing Across the Disciplines

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Chemistry (23 hours)

CHEM 1180General Chemistry I

3 or 4 credits

CHEM 1184General Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 1190General Chemistry II

3 credits

CHEM 1194General Chemistry II Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 2250Organic Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 2260Organic Chemistry II

3 credits

CHEM 2274Organic Chemistry Laboratory

2 credits

CHEM 3650Fundamentals of Biochemistry

3 credits

And

CHEM 3654Fundamentals of Biochemistry Laboratory

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:23

Physics (10 hours)

PHYS 1110General Physics

4 credits

PHYS 1154General Physics Laboratory I

1 credit

PHYS 1120General Physics

4 credits

And

PHYS 1164General Physics Laboratory II

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:10

Biology (22 hours)

BIOL 1450Biology I

5 credits

BIOL 1750Biology II

5 credits

BIOL 2140Genetics

4 credits

BIOL 2440The Biology of Microorganisms

4 credits

Or

BIOL 4640Microbial Physiology

4 credits

And

BIOL 4950Vertebrate Embryology and Anatomy

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:22