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Pre-Veterinary Suggested Program of Study

The following program is not required, but is highly recommended by your advisors.  This program meets the entrance requirements for the vast majority of veterinary schools as well as the general education requirement here at WKU.  You should however, consult with your advisor about your individual situation, especially concerning your major and minor course of study.

Note:  This is merely a suggested course of study, your actual program can be tailored to your needs and interests, consequently the timing of these courses may vary significantly from the table below.

Year Biology Chemistry Math Agriculture Physics Cat. A (12 Hrs.) Cat. B (9 Hrs.) Cat. C (9 Hrs.) Cat. F (2 Hrs.)

Fr. 1st Sem.

BIOL 120 (3)

BIOL 121 (1)

CHEM 120 (3)

CHEM 121 (2)

MATH 117 (3)


ENG 100 (3)


Fr. 2nd Sem.

BIOL 122 (3)

BIOL 123 (1)

CHEM 222 (3)

CHEM 223 (2)


ANSC 140 (3)

ANSC 141 (1)


HIST 101 or 102 (3)


So. 1st Sem. *

CHEM 340 (3)

CHEM 341 (2)


ANSC 345 (3)



COMM 145 (3)

Foreign Lang. 102 (3)

So. 2nd Sem.

BIOL 319


BIOL 322


CHEM 342 (3)

CHEM 343 (2)

  * PHYS 231 (3)

PHYS 232 (1)

ENG 200 (3)   or Elective or Elective

Jr. 1st Sem.

BIOL 446 (3)



MATH 136 (3)


*   ENG 300 (3)

PHIL 215 (3)

or Elective or Elective
Jr. 2nd Sem. *     *     or Elective or Elective or Elective
Sr. 1st Sem. *     *     or Elective or Elective or Elective
Sr. 2nd Sem. *     *     or Elective or Elective or Elective

  * Check with your advisor concerning additional biology or agriculture courses to complete a major or minor.  Courses that will assist in your preparation for your first 2 years of veterinary school include:  PHYS 233/332 (Physics & Biophysics II), ANSC 437/438 (Reproductive Physiology), BIOL 224/225 (Zoology), BIOL 327 (Genetics), BIOL 330 (Animal Physiology), BIOL 226/227 (Microbial Biology), BIOL 321 (Comparative Anatomy), BIOL 324 (Histology), BIOL 328 (Immunology), BIOL 460 (Parasitology) or BIOL 485 (Field Biology).

@ Completing CHEM 330 (Quantitative Analysis) will give you a minor in Chemistry.

Summers can be used to spread this coursework.  Courses offered regularly in summer include BIOL 120/121; BIOL 122/123; BIOL 224/225; CHEM 120/121; CHEM 222/223; MATH 116 and 117, and many general ed courses. You should also maximize your experiences working at veterinary clinics during the summers, including both small and large animal practices. You can earn Biology credit (up to three hours of BIOL 369) for these experiences. Internships and research credits (BIOL 399) may not exceed 3 credits (6 if you are a 525 major).

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 Last Modified 10/8/14