Pre-Veterinary Program

Pre-Veterinary Curriculum

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 a course in statistics and 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)

BIOL 150 Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution (3)
BIOL 151 Beginning Investigative Experiences in Biology (2)
BIOL 160 Cell Biology (4)
BIOL 255 Genetics (4)
BIOL 345 Perspectives in Evolution (3)
BIOL 375 Advanced Investigative Experiences in Biology I (3)
BIOL 376 Advanced Investigative Experiences in Biology I (3)
BIOL 410 Senior Seminar (3)

BIOL 410 Senior Seminar (3)
OR
BIOL 411/2 Senior Thesis I & II (3) (Required of Biology Fellows)

 

ELECTIVE BIOLOGY COURSES (SELECT 2):

Listed are some examples:

BIOL 221 Human Anatomy (4)
BIOL 252 Human Physiology (4)
BIOL xxx Zoology (4)
BIOL 322 Molecular Biology (4)
BIOL 360 Ethology (Animal Behavior) (4)
BIOL 361 Ecology (4)
BIOL 343 Immunology (4)
BIOL 353 Endocrinology (3)
BIOL 480-483 Selected Topics (3-4)

 

REQUIRED CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS and MATH COURSES:

CHEM 121/123 General Chemistry I (5)
CHEM 122/124 General Chemistry II (5)
CHEM 224/5 Organic Chemistry I and Lab (4)
CHEM 226/7 Organic Chemistry II and Lab (4)
CHEM 322/3 Biochemistry and Lab (5)
PSCI 111 General Physics I (4)
PSCI 112 General Physics II (4)
MATH 175 Statistics (4)
MATH 181 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5)

 

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