Purdue University Calumet | College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science

Preparation for Veterinary School

Course Discipline 

Required or   recommended

Clarification

Recommended
PUC course(s)

Alternate PUC   Course(s)

General Biology One year (8-semester hours) required A sequence of courses representing a full academic year curriculum, with associated lab(s). BIOL 10100/10200  
General Chemistry One year (8-semester hours) required A sequence of courses representing a full academic year curriculum, with associated lab(s). CHM 11500/11600  
Organic Chemistry One year (8-semester hours) required A sequence of courses representing a full academic year curriculum, with associated lab(s). CHM 25500/25501 and CHM 25600/25601 CHM 26505/26300 and CHM 26605/26400
Physics One year (8-semester hours) required A sequence of courses representing a full academic year curriculum, with associated lab(s). PHYS 22000/22100 PHYS 15200/25100
Math Varies; Math through calculus generally required or recommended.  Some schools may require one year (6 semester hrs) college math. Consult AAVMC Admission requirements for specific school requirements. MA 22300/22400 MA 16300/16400
English One year (6-semester hours) required (most) Specifics may vary, but one year is generally required, sometimes including distribution of writing and literature courses. ENGL 10400/10500 ENGL 10800
Humanities and Soc. Sci Select courses of interest that will demonstrate interest in a well-rounded education Some schools may have recommended distributions of these courses. Consult individual schools for specific prereqs. PSY 12000 and SOC 10000  Please see advisor for more options
Biochemistry Varies; One semester (3 hrs) sometimes required or strongly recommended A rigorous course that integrates underlying principles in physics, chemistry, and biology is good preparation for the VCAT. CHM 33300  
Microbiology* One semester (3-4 semester hours) sometimes required or recommended Most schools prefer sophomore level or higher with lab. BIOL 31600  
Physiology* Varies; One semester (3 hrs) sometimes required or strongly recommended Some schools prefer a vertebrate or animal physiology course; A rigorous course that integrates underlying principles in physics, chemistry, and biology is good preparation for the VCAT. BIOL 35700  
Genetics* Varies; One semester (3 hrs) sometimes required or strongly recommended Should include Classical (Mendelian) and molecular genetics. BIOL 24400/24401  
Molecular or Cell Biology Varies; One semester (3 hrs) sometimes required or strongly recommended   BIOL 24300  
         
*some schools may require 6-12 credits of advanced level Biology course work rather than specifying. ALWAYS CONSULT ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL COLLEGES (AAVMC) FOR SCHOOL-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS