While students cannot major in pre-veterinary or other pre-health studies, completion of a Biology major provides good preparation for students planning to apply to such programs after graduation.
The college offers the pre-requisites necessary for students who want to attend veterinary school. Most veterinary schools require 3-6 credits of English composition, as well as 12-16 credits of humanities courses. Specific to the mathematics and science requirements students should take 3-6 credits of mathematics including statistics (Statistics 161), two semesters of inorganic chemistry (Chemistry 111 and 112), two semesters of Organic Chemistry (Chemistry 211 and 212), as well as two semesters of physics (Physics 201 and 202). Biology courses that should be taken include General Biology (Biology 117), Organismal Biology (Biology 201), Genetics (Biology 300), Cell Biology (Biology 315), Microbiology (Biology 332) and Biochemistry (Biology 430). Many, but not all, veterinary schools require General Physiology (Biology 425), Introduction to Animal Science and Animal Nutrition. Other useful courses and activates include Comparative Anatomy (Biology 320), Vertebrate Zoology (Biology 275), research projects and internships. Students should work with their advisor in determining the specific requirements for the school where the student is interested in submitting an application.