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Option Pre-Veterinary Medicine Undergraduate Option  

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This option is offered within the following major(s):
Biology - College of Science

The Biology major Pre-Veterinary Medicine option is designed to meet OSU College of Veterinary Medicine prerequisites and other U.S. veterinary schools, but students should consult the requirements for specific schools before they apply because requirements can change. The Pre-Veterinary Medicine option couples the strong biological sciences background of the Biology major with core animal physiology laboratories and animal-focused science electives. Dedicated professional advisors work with Pre-Veterinary Medicine option students to integrate animal handling and other essential professional experiences during their time at OSU.

Options in the Biology major require fifteen or fewer additional credits (one term) beyond the basic Biology major, and most students can complete the additional Pre-Veterinary Medicine option course work in four years. Courses used to satisfy the Pre-Veterinary Medicine option requirements also satisfy the Organismal Biology, Physiology, Writing Intensive Course and Upper-division Science Elective requirements in the Biology major.

Students interested in private practice should also consider taking BA 215 Fundamentals of Accounting (3) or BA 260 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (4).

It is recommended that Pre-Veterinary Medicine option students take COMM 111 *Public Speaking (3) to complete the Biology major baccalaureate core communications requirement.

The option sections and courses within them are arranged in the order they are generally completed.

For further information, see MyDegrees or the Integrative Biology website at

Core (20 credits)

VMB 110. Preveterinary Medicine (1)
PHL 205. *Ethics (4)
  or PHL/REL 444. *Biomedical Ethics (4)
Z 431. Vertebrate Physiology I (3) and Z 441. Vertebrate Physiology Laboratory (2)
Z 432. Vertebrate Physiology II (3) and Z 442. Vertebrate Physiology Laboratory (2)
Z 422. Comparative/Functional Vertebrate Anatomy (5)
  or Z 371. Vertebrate Biology (3) and Z 372. Vertebrate Biology Laboratory (2)

Writing Intensive Course

Select one option from the following:
BB/BI 317. ^Scientific Theory and Practice (3)
BI/Z 319. ^Critical Thinking and Communications in the Life Sciences (3)
HSTS 437. ^History of Animals in Science (4)


Select one course from the following:
ANS 302. Common Diseases of Companion Animals (4)
ANS 311. Principles of Animal Nutrition (3)
FW 427. Principles of Wildlife Diseases (4)
MB 480. General Parasitology (3)
TOX 411. Fundamentals of Toxicology (3)
Z 350. Animal Behavior (3)
Z 425. Embryology and Development (5)
Z 437. Vertebrate Endocrinology (4)
Z 438. Behavioral Neurobiology (3)

Upper-division Science Elective

Select one course that meets the following conditions:
One 3+ credit, 300-400 level course from the College of Science (BB, BI, BOT, CH, MB, MTH, PH, ST, and Z) may be used to meet this requirement with the exception of the courses listed below as excluded. Other science courses outside of COS and courses or internships taken internationally may be used by Biology chief advisor approval. Courses from other majors, minors or baccalaureate core requirements not used to meet requirements above may also be used. Three credits of BI 401 Research (or other 401 credits by approval) can also meet this requirement.

EXCLUDED COURSES: 405 Reading and Conference, 406 Projects, 407 Seminar, 409 Practicum, 410 Internship, BB 350, BB 490–BB 492, BI 331–BI 333, BI 341–BI 343, CH 334, CH 335, CH 336, ST 314 and any 399 or 499 courses not specifically approved.

Total=29–34 credits


* Baccalaureate Core Course
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

Option Code: 584

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