Prerequisites

Prerequisites


The admissions committee for the WIMU Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine views a solid and broad undergraduate experience to be crucial preparation for successful completion of the veterinary curriculum. Applicants will be expected to have completed all the prerequisite courses before matriculation. As such, the committee strongly recommends completion of the baccalaureate degree prior to enrollment in the DVM program. If a baccalaureate degree has not been earned by the time of application, the committee will base its decisions on the strength and breadth of the applicant's educational background. Therefore, the committee will look for evidence that courses from the following categories have been satisfactorily completed.

Applicants must find equivalent coursework at their own institutions. Please see the list below for baseline course equivalency. Ensuring that all prerequisites have been completed by no later than the spring semester of the application year is solely the responsibility of the applicant.

*Those graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Bioveterinary Science from the Animal, Dairy & Veterinary Sciences Department at USU will meet all prerequisites for application to veterinary school. To view requirements for the Bioveterinary degree click here

                Physical & Biological Science Requirements

Class Credits
Biology with lab 8
Inorganic Chemistry with lab 8
Organic chemistry  4
Genetics 4
Biochemistry 3
Physics with lab 4
Statistics (methods) 3
Math (pre-calculus or higher) 3

 

                        General Education Requirements*

Class Credits
English composition/communication  6
Arts & humanities/social science/history 21

 * If an applicant has received or will receive a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation, these prerequisites are considered fulfilled regardless of the credit hours.

Total SEMESTER credit hours 64

 

Advanced Placement/Running Start Credits

While Advanced Placement (AP) or Running Start credits might be acceptable for some prerequisites, applicants are encouraged to view such credits as an opportunity to qualify for and enroll in upper division physical and biological science courses, rather than simply as a means for "testing out" of prerequisites. The goal of the applicant should be to prepare him/herself as best they can for our rigorous, science based, veterinary curriculum. Upper division science courses are deemed to be highly preparatory for the DVM program.

Electives

Students in pre-professional programs have time to take a number of elective courses. Highly recommended, but not required, electives include mammalian anatomy, physiology, embryology, microbiology, immunology, computer science, physics II, and animal science courses, including nutrition.

Course Equivalencies

The following are the recommended USU Physical & Biological Science prerequisite courses, equivalencies of which must be met at other institutions:

Biological Science: (8 semester hours w/lab) The biology of organisms, plants, animals ecology, and evolution, including cellular and molecular biology and genetics (USU, Biol 1610 & 1620)

Inorganic Chemistry: (8 semester hours, w/lab) Stoichiometry, structure, gases, liquids, solids, solutions, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, volumetric and gravimetric analysis Acid-base, ionic, molecular, solubility, oxidation/reduction equilibriums, kinetics, electro-chemistry, systematic chemistry of the elements, coordination compounds (USU, Chem 1210, 1215 {lab}, 1220, 1225 {lab})

Organic Chemistry: (4 semester hours w/lab) Structure and function in organic chemistry; reaction mechanisms, molecular orbital theory, alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, and radicals; biological applications (USU, Chem 2310 & 2315 {lab})

Biochemistry: (3 semester hours) Proteins (amino acids, protein structure, enzyme kinetics and mechanisms); metabolism (carbohydrate structure, glycolysis, TCA cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, glycogen metabolism, and metabolic integration); molecular genetics (Central dogma, DNA structure, packaging, replication, repair, RNA transcription, translation, genetic code, protein targeting, gene expression, DNA technology) (USU, Chem 3700)

Mathematics: (3 semester hours) Elementary functions; graphs, properties, and applications of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions (USU, Math 1100)

Physics: (4 semester hours) Algebra/trigonometry-based physics; topics in mechanics, wave phenomena, temperature, and heat (USU, Phys 2110)

Genetics: (4 semester hours) Basic Mendelian genetics, meiosis, mitosis, chromosome rearrangement, DNA structure and replication, mutations, bacterial and phage genetics, gene regulation, transcription, translation, plasmids, transposons, cloning, population genetics, evolution (USU, Biol 3060)

Statistics: (3 semester hours) Graphical methods, descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency, probability distributions, variables, estimates and sample sizes, hypothesis testing, inferences, experimental design, and randomization (USU, Stat 2000)