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Oklahoma State University
Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

Healthy Animals - Healthy People

Required Pre-veterinary Courses

Field of Study (OSU Courses)

Minimum Semester Credit Hours

English
(ENGL 1113 & 1213, Composition I and II. May include Speech, Literature, English or Technical Writing)

9

Chemistry & Lab
(CHEM 1314 & 1515, General Chemistry I & II)

8

Organic Chemistry & Lab
Must include aliphatic & aromatic compounds
(CHEM 3053, 3153 & 3112, Chemistry I, II, & Lab
or CHEM 3015, Chemistry of Organic Compounds)

The 5 hour course is acceptable only if the survey course is with a lab.

8

Biochemistry+
(BIOC 3653, Survey of Biochemistry)

3

Mathematics
Cannot accept statistics
(MATH 1513, College Algebra)
 

3

Physics
Must include a lab
(PHYSC 1114 & 1214, General Physics)

8

Animal Nutrition+*
Available by correspondence, OSU
(ANSI 3543, Principles of Animal Nutrition)

3

Biological Sciences
General Zoology, or equivalent & Lab
Biology for science majors
The equivalent of the above may have different titles, or, if completed at OSU:
(BIOL 1604, Animal Biology)
(BIOL 1114, Introductory Biology)

8

Microbiology
Must include a lab
(MICR 2123, Introduction to Microbiology)
(MICR 2132, Introduction to Microbiology Lab)

4-5

Genetics+**
(ANSI 3423, Animal Genetics or
PLNT 3554, Plant Genetics & Biotechnology or
BIOL 3024, General Genetics)

3

Humanities/Social Sciences
May include courses in English literature, speech, music, art, philosophy, religion, language, history, economics, anthropology, political science, psychology, sociology, and geography.

6

Science and/or Business Elective(s)
Although not included as required, courses in business and commerce are encouraged.

 

Total credit hours minimum prerequisites

64

+  All upper level courses must be taken at a four-year institution. This includes Animal Nutrition, Biochemistry, Genetics, and Organic Chemistry. These courses may not be taken at a two-year or community college.

*  Human, Plant, and species specific Nutrition courses will NOT satisfy the Animal Nutrition requirement. Acceptable Animal Nutrition courses should cover ruminant digestion, absorption, and metabolism.

**  Animal Breeding and Livestock Improvement courses will NOT meet the Genetics requirement.

Virtual labs are not permitted.