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 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.


BIOL 124/5 Principles of Biology I and Lab (4)
BIOL 126/7 Principles of Biology II and Lab (4)
BIOL 211 Microbiology (5)
BIOL 252 Human Physiology (4)
BIOL 314/5 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy & Lab
BIOL 350 Genetics (4)
BIOL 361 Ecology (4)

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


BIOL 221 Human Anatomy (4)
BIOL 310 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
BIOL 322 Molecular Biology (4)
BIOL 331 Botany (4)
BIOL 343 Immunology (4)
BIOL 353 Endocrinology (3)
BIOL 480-483 Selected Topics (3-4)


CHEM 121/3 General Chemistry I and Lab (5)
CHEM 122/4 General Chemistry II and Lab (5)
CHEM 224/5 Organic Chemistry I and Lab (5)
CHEM 326/7 Organic Chemistry II and Lab (5)
CHEM 322/3 Biochemistry and Lab (5)
PSCI 111 General Physics I (4)
PSCI 112 General Physics II (4)
MATH 181 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5)


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