Shawna Harvey, Chief Advisor
The College of Science offers a pre-professional program for students who wish to pursue careers in veterinary medicine. This program, especially tailored to the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, also meets admission requirements for most schools of veterinary medicine in the country.
Pre-veterinary students may major in general science or any other discipline while completing the admission requirements for veterinary school. Scientific disciplines such as biology, microbiology, or zoology are most frequently chosen, but areas outside of science also are acceptable. A student who is accepted into a veterinary school after three years of pre-professional work can apply up to 48 credits of the first year of professional study toward completion of a bachelor’s degree in biology, general science, or zoology from OSU.
Admission to schools of veterinary medicine is competitive, and completion of the pre-veterinary requirements facilitates but does not guarantee acceptance. Admission committees look for a combination of academic ability and personal characteristics. Academic ability includes both the grades received in college courses and test scores. Additional information regarding application and professional education may be found in the Veterinary Medicine section of this catalog.
All science courses required for veterinary school admission must be taken for a letter grade. The following courses are required for a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science with a Pre-Veterinary Medicine option.
BI 211, BI 212, BI 213. *Principles of Biology (4,4,4)
CH 121, CH 122, CH 123. General Chemistry (5,5,5)
or CH 231, CH 232, CH 233. *General Chemistry (4,4,4)
and CH 261, CH 262, CH 263. *Laboratory for Chemistry 231, 232, 233 (1,1,1)
MTH 251, *Differential Calculus (4)
VMB 110. Preveterinary Medicine (1) (Recommended)
WR 121. *English Composition (3)
Baccalaureate core courses and electives (3)
ANS 121. *Introduction to Animal Science (4) (Recommended)
BI 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
CH 331, CH 332, CH 337. Organic Chemistry and Lab (4,4,4)
PH 201, PH 202, PH 203. *General Physics (5,5,5)
Take 4 credits of Statistics:
ST 201. Principles of Statistics (4)
or ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
Additional math, computer science or statistics (4)
Writing II (3)
ANS 311. Principles of Animal Nutrition (3)
BB 450, BB 451. General Biochemistry (4,3)
BI 311. Genetics (4)
One of the following courses in animal or human physiology (3–4):
Z 331. Human Anatomy and Physiology (3)
Z 430. Principles of Physiology (4)
Z 431. Vertebrate Physiology (4)
A minimum of at least 6 additional credits of upper-division biological science courses with at least one laboratory. Recommended courses include: additional biochemistry, additional physiology and/or anatomy, animal reproduction, cell biology, cell physiology, epidemiology, histology, immunology, microbiology, parasitology, or virology (does not include Z 410) (6).
Choose 4 credits of WIC from the following:
HSTS 415. ^Theory of Evolution and Foundation of Modern Biology (4)
HSTS 417. ^History of Medicine (4)
HSTS 419. ^Studies in Scientific Controversy: Methods and Practices (4)
HSTS 422. ^Historical Studies of Science and Politics (4)
HSTS 425. ^History of the Life Sciences (4)
Additional courses to total a minimum of 38 credits in upper-division science courses from the College of Science.
Baccalaureate core courses and electives (61–64)
Experience with animals, such as Z 410, Occupational Internship (1–16), is highly recommended.
A bachelor’s degree is no longer required to obtain the DVM from Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. See the College of Veterinary Medicine for the general education prerequisites if the applicant will not have a bachelor’s degree upon entering veterinary school.