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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 anatomy and 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. Completion of the Pre-Veterinary Medicine option requires a 3.0 cummulative GPA in major and option course work. 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. Several courses may also be used to satisfy areas of the baccalaureate core.

Students may pursue either the Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine or Physiology and Behavior options within the Biology major—no dual combinations of these options are permitted.

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 (4) 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)

Writing Intensive Course

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

Science Elective

Select one course from the following:
ANS 302. Common Diseases of Companion Animals (4)
ANS 311. Principles of Animal Nutrition (3)
BI 495. Disease Ecology (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 371. Vertebrate Biology (3) (Z 372. Vertebrate Biology Laboratory (2) recommended)
Z 425. Embryology and Development (5)
Z 437. Vertebrate Endocrinology (4)
Z 438. Behavioral Neurobiology (3)

Additional Upper-division Elective (complete one of the tracks below)

Track I Experiential Learning Credits (complete any combination of three credits of the following):

BI 309. Teaching Practicum (1–3 credits) —by approval
BI 401. Research and Scholarship (1–3 credits) —by approval
BI 409. Advanced Teaching Practicum (1–3 credits) —by approval

Track II Science Elective Course (select one course):

One 3+ credit, 300–400 level course from the College of Science (BB, BHS, 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 Integrative Biology Lead Advisor approval. Courses from other majors, minors or baccalaureate core requirements not used to meet requirements above may also be used.

EXCLUDED COURSES: 401–410 credits (except as outlined above or by approval), BB 350, BB 490–BB 492, BI 331–BI 333, BI 341–BI 343, CH 334, CH 335, CH 336, ST 314, Z 361/362, Z 461 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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