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Pre-Veterinary Medicine

The Pre-Veterinary Medicine (Pre-Vet) curriculum emphasizes coursework in the natural and physical sciences, giving you the academic background and hands-on experience necessary for admission to a professional veterinary medicine program. The Pre-Vet curriculum is not a degree program, so you are encouraged to pursue a program of study, such as the Agriculture-Animal Science option, while you take the Pre-vet course sequence.

Coursework Information

The pre-professional program that prepares students for admission into the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University emphasizes science, math, and communication.  The minimum coursework requirements for the pre-veterinary program are:

  • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3 Credit Hours)
  • ENG 101 English Composition I (3 Credit Hours)
  • ENG 102 English Composition II (3 Credit Hours)
  • PHYS 111/11L Physics I/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • PHYS 112/112L Physics II/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 120/120L University Chemistry I/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 122/122L University Chemistry II/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 180/180L Principles of Biology/Lab (4 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 240/240L Microbiology/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 304/304L Essentials of Organic Chemistry/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 360/360L Essentials of Biochemistry/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • AGRI 615 Genetics of Livestock Improvement (3 Credit Hours) -OR-
    BIOL 325/325L Genetics/Lab (4 Credit Hours)
  • Humanities Electives (6 Credit Hours)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives (6 Credit Hours)

Additional recommended coursework includes:

  • MIS 101 Intro to Computer Information Systems (3 Credit Hours)
  • AGRI 111 Animal Science (3 Credit Hours)
  • MATH 122 Plane Trigonometry (3 Credit Hours)
  • AGRI 214 Principles of Feeding (3 Credit Hours)
  • AGRI 616 Reproductive Physiology of Domestic Animals (4 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 260/260L Introductory Zoology (4 Credit Hours)

The pre-veterinary medicine coursework listing does not lead to any individual degree; therefore, it is recommended that students pursue a 4-year discipline degree program while completing this coursework.

NOTE: Completion of the pre-veterinary medicine coursework does not guarantee admission into the professional veterinary medicine program.

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