Pre-Veterinary Medicine Option
This option is available within the Biology major at the following location:
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.
Option Code: 584
Upon successful completion of the program, students will meet the following learning outcomes:
- Explain and apply the fundamental concepts of the biological sciences, including biochemistry, cell and molecular biology and genetics; physiology and organismal biology; and ecology and evolution.
- Identify and access information (from primary literature and other relevant works) for a particular topic and evaluate the scientific content and context of these sources.
- Generate relevant and testable scientific questions, formulate testable hypotheses, and identify measurable predictions based on observations or previous research.
- Design and implement observational or experimental investigations to collect relevant data, and employ appropriate analytical methods to analyze that data.
- Interpret data and/or observations to support or refute hypotheses, draw conclusions, put findings in the context of current scientific knowledge and literature, and/or suggest future avenues of research.
- Use effective formal and informal communication (i.e., written, oral, graphical, multimedia) to convey scientific information in ways that are appropriate for scientific and non-scientific audiences for a particular topic and evaluating the scientific content and context of these sources.
- Integrate and analyze information within and across spatial and temporal scales as well as levels of biological organization.
- Identify, reflect upon, and evaluate assumptions, biases, and alternative hypotheses or interpretations for their own scientific claims or those of others.
- Justify the importance of science and science literacy for individuals and society.
- Integrate biology with other disciplines to make evidence-based decisions on socio-scientific issues.
- Explain how biases and societal factors affect the processes of science (and vice versa), access to participation in science, and the differential outcomes and impacts (both positive and negative) of science on individuals.
- Explain and justify the ethical standards of their discipline, evaluate the ethics of published science, and articulate their personal code of ethics.
- Use effective and appropriate forms of collaboration.
- Produce a self-assessment of interpersonal and academic behaviors needed to achieve their individual career goals.
Options in the Biology major require 15 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 cumulative 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, Biology and Society, Physics or Computational and Quantitative Applications, and Experiential Learning or Integrative Biology Elective requirements in the Biology major.
Students may not 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.
For further information, see MyDegrees or the Integrative Biology website.
|PHL 444/REL 444
|^THEORY, PRACTICE AND DISCOURSE IN THE LIFE SCIENCES
& PH 202
& PH 203
and *GENERAL PHYSICS
and *GENERAL PHYSICS
|COMPARATIVE/FUNCTIONAL VERTEBRATE ANATOMY
|VERTEBRATE PHYSIOLOGY I
& Z 442
|VERTEBRATE PHYSIOLOGY II
and VERTEBRATE PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY
|Experiential Learning or Science Elective Courses
|Select both tracks or two courses from Track II:
|Track I Experiential Learning Credits
|Select any combination of 3 credits from the following:
|TEACHING PRACTICUM (by approval)
|RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP (by approval)
|PROJECTS: CURATORIAL ASSISTANT (by approval)
|ADVANCED TEACHING PRACTICUM (by approval)
|INTERNSHIP (by approval)
|Track II Science Elective Courses
|PRINCIPLES OF ANIMAL NUTRITION
|ONE HEALTH IN PRACTICE
|PRINCIPLES OF WILDLIFE DISEASES
|FISH DISEASES IN CONSERVATION BIOLOGY AND AQUACULTURE
|FUNDAMENTALS OF TOXICOLOGY
|DISEASES OF WILD AND AQUACULTURE INVERTEBRATES
|VERTEBRATE BIOLOGY (Z 372 recommended)
|EMBRYOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT
Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
Writing Intensive Course (WIC)
Option Code: 584