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College of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

105 Bowman Hall
Tel: 330-672-2062


PreVeterinary Medicine, a pre-professional advising program, provides students an opportunity for further training in veterinary medicine after completing their undergraduate degree. Students take courses that prepare them for coursework in veterinary medicine school and either the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or Graduation Record Examination (GRE), depending on the institution. In addition to declaring this program, students must be admitted to a bachelor's degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students who plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in Zoology should not declare this program. Admissions requirements for veterinary schools vary greatly.

Admission Requirements

Students must be admitted to a bachelor's degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

General Admission for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admission for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
KBS BSCI 10110 Biological Diversity 4
KAD   10120 Biological Foundations 4
    30140 Cell Biology 4
    30156 Elements of Genetics 3
    30171 General Microbiology 4
KBS CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I 4
KBS   10061 General Chemistry II 4
KBS   10062 General Chemistry Laboratory I 1
KBS   10063 General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
    30284 Introductory Biological Chemistry 4
    30481 Organic Chemistry I* 3
    30482 Organic Chemistry II 3
KCM ENG 11011 College Writing I** 3
KMC MATH 11010 Algebra for Calculus*** 3
KAD   11022 Trigonometry 3
    30011 Basic Probability and Statistics 3
KBS PHY 13001 General College Physics I 4
KBS   13002 General College Physics II 4
KBS   13021 General College Physics Laboratory I 1
KBS   13022 General College Physics Laboratory II 1
  Choose from the following: 7
  BSCI 30518 Vertebrate Anatomy (4)  
    30519 Vertebrate Embryology and Developmental Anatomy (4)  
    40143 Eukaryotic Cell Biology (3)  
    40174 Immunology (3)  
    40430 Animal Physiology (3)  
    40433 Mammalian Physiology I (3)  
    40444 Mammalian Physiology Laboratory I (1)  
    40515 Animal Behavior (3)  
    40556 Vertebrate Zoology (4)  
    40581 Animal Parasitology (4)  
  Kent Core Humanities and Social Sciences**** 14

* The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine recommends an organic chemistry laboratory, but it is not required. However, organic chemistry laboratory course are required by other veterinary schools.

** The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine required one semester of writing/composition. Other veterinary schools require two semesters; ENG 21011 College Writing II is recommended. 

***Additional mathematics courses are recommended, but not required.

****Courses in Communication Studies, Economics, History, Psychology and/or Sociology.

Note: All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.