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Required Pre-Vet Courses

Field of Study (OSU Courses) Minimum Semester Credit Hours


(ENGL 1113 & 1213, Composition I and II. May include Speech, Literature, English or Technical Writing)


Chemistry & Lab

(CHEM 1314 & 1515, General Chemistry I & II)


Organic Chemistry & Lab+

Must include aliphatic & aromatic compounds
(CHEM 3053, 3153 & 3112, Chemistry I, II, & Lab or CHEM 3015 or CHEM 3013/3012, The Chemistry of Organic Compounds)

The survey course is acceptable only if it includes the lab.



(BIOC 3653, Survey of Biochemistry)



(STAT 2013, Elementary Statistics)



Must include a lab

(PHYS 1114 & 1214, General Physics)


Animal Nutrition+*

Available by correspondence, OSU

(ANSI 3543, Principles of Animal Nutrition)


Biological Sciences

General Zoology, or equivalent & Lab

Biology for science majors

The equivalent of the above may have different titles, or, if completed at OSU:

BIOL 1604, Animal Biology
BIOL 1114, Introductory Biology



Must include a lab

(MICR 2123, Introduction to Microbiology)

(MICR 2132, Introduction to Microbiology Lab)



(ANSI 3423, Animal Genetics

or PLNT 3554, Plant Genetics & Biotechnology

or BIOL 3023, General Genetics)


Humanities/Social Sciences

May include courses in English literature, speech, music, art, philosophy, religion, language, history, economics, anthropology, political science, psychology, sociology, and geography.


Science and/or Business Elective(s)

Although not included as required, courses in business and commerce are encouraged.


Total Credit Hours for Minimum Prerequisites:


+  All upper level courses must be taken at a four-year institution. This includes Animal Nutrition, Biochemistry, Genetics, and Organic Chemistry. These courses may not be taken at a two-year or community college.

*  Human, Plant, and species specific Nutrition courses will NOT satisfy the Animal Nutrition requirement. Acceptable Animal Nutrition courses should cover ruminant digestion, absorption, and metabolism. Feeds and Feeding courses are not accepted.

**  Animal Breeding and Livestock Improvement courses will NOT meet the Genetics requirement.

Notice: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many institutions are allowing their students the opportunity to take coursework in a Pass/No Pass format. The OSU-CVM has decided to accept courses taken in the Pass/No Pass format for the Spring of 2020 semester. This includes prerequisite coursework if completed with a grade of “Pass.”