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 1150English Composition I

3

ENGL 1160English Composition II

3

ENGL 2400Advanced Composition

3

ENGL 2410Critical Approaches to Literature

3

ENGL 3980Technical Writing Across the Disciplines

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Chemistry (23 hours)

CHEM 1180General Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 1184General Chemistry I Laboratory

1

CHEM 1190General Chemistry II

3

CHEM 1194General Chemistry II Laboratory

1

CHEM 2250Organic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 2260Organic Chemistry II

1

CHEM 2274Organic Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 3650Fundamentals of Biochemistry

3

And

CHEM 3654Fundamentals of Biochemistry Laboratory

1

Total Credit Hours:23

Physics (10 hours)

PHYS 1110General Physics I with Algebra

4

PHYS 1154General Physics Laboratory I

1

PHYS 1120General Physics

4

And

PHYS 1164General Physics Laboratory II

1

Total Credit Hours:10

Biology (22 hours)

BIOL 1450Biology I

5

BIOL 1750Biology II

5

BIOL 2140Genetics

4

BIOL 2440The Biology of Microorganisms

4

Or

BIOL 4640Microbial Physiology

4

And

BIOL 4950Vertebrate Embryology and Anatomy

4

Total Credit Hours:22