The University of St. Francis offers excellent undergraduate preparation for veterinary school. USF does not offer a specific “pre-vet” major. Few colleges in the United States do because there is not a specific major required for admission to colleges of veterinary medicine. USF does offer a biology degree with a pre-veterinary track for students interested in pursuing careers in veterinary medicine.
Therefore, USF students complete a core of courses which prepare them for entrance into veterinary college and still enjoy the freedom and flexibility to design a curriculum in advanced science course which are appropriate to their interests.
Colleges of veterinary medicine are looking for students who have completed a core of specific course work in biology, chemistry, math and physics and who have performed at a high academic level. Veterinary colleges may also require volunteer work or other specific types of clinical experience outside the classroom. In addition, coursework required in the humanities and social sciences may vary by school.
REQUIRED BIOLOGY COURSES: (Semester hours)
Principles of Biology I and Lab (4)
Principles of Biology II and Lab (4)
Human Physiology (4)
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy/Lab (5)
Senior Seminar or Senior Thesis I & II* (3) (*Required of Biology Fellows)
ELECTIVE BIOLOGY COURSES (SELECT 2):
Human Anatomy (4)
Invertebrate Zoology (4)
Molecular Biology (4)
Selected Topics (3-4)
REQUIRED CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS and MATH COURSES:
General Chemistry I and Lab (5)
General Chemistry II and Lab (5)
Organic Chemistry I and Lab (5)
Organic Chemistry II and Lab (5)
Biochemistry and Lab (5)
General Physics I (4)
General Physics II (4)
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5)