College of Veterinary Medicine


The admissions committee for the College of 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 with a C- or higher before matriculation. As such, the committee strongly recommends completion of the baccalaureate degree prior to applying to the DVM program. If a baccalaureate degree has not been earned by the time of application, the committee will still 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: Courses within these categories are listed under General Education Requirements for graduation in the WSU catalog:

Physical & Biological Science Requirements
Biology with lab
Inorganic chemistry with lab
Organic chemistry with lab
Physics with lab
Statistics (methods)
Algebra, Pre-calculus or higher
General Education Requirements*
English composition/communication**
Arts & humanities/social science/history**
Total SEMESTER credit hours

Transfer Course Equivalencies

*If an applicant has received or will receive a bachelor's degree prior to matriculation, the General Education prerequisites are considered fulfilled regardless of credit hours. For information on fulfilling the Physical & Biological Science Requirements, please see the course equivalency descriptions below.

**Course titles/classifications of these requirements may vary slightly by institution. Please follow the institution's graduation requirement standards for a guideline or see WSU General Education Program for course examples.

Coursework in the physical and biological sciences, outlined as prerequisites, and the GRE pertains to all students. Ensuring that all prerequisites have been completed by no later than the spring semester prior to matriculation is solely the responsibility of the applicant. Note: Students who participate in the Combined DVM/Honors College must fulfill all requirements that apply to these individual programs, such as completing the baccalaureate degree, honors thesis, etc., prior to the awarding of the DVM degree.

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. For Additional Details


Also, students spending more than two years in preprofessional 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 WSU DVM program 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 (WSU Biol 106 & 107)

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 (WSU Chem 105 & 106)

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 (WSU Chem 345)

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) (WSU MBioS 303)

Mathematics: (3 semester hours) Elementary functions; graphs, properties, and applications of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions (WSU Math 107 or equivalent)

Physics: (4 semester hours w/ lab) Algebra/trigonometry-based physics; topics in mechanics, wave phenomena, temperature, and heat (WSU Phys 101)

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 (WSU MBioS 301)

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 (WSU Stat 212, 412 or Psych 311)

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