The following is a general guide for courses you may need to apply to veterinary schools of medicine. Requirements vary from school to school. So, it is always necessary to consult the websites of veterinary schools of medicine where you know/think you want to apply. You can begin by consulting AAVMC’s Summary of Course Prerequisites.

For a pre-veterinary medicine course planning guide, click here. Consider using our four-year planner to map out your coursework and extracurricular activities.


Most veterinary schools require math and/or statistics. We recommend that you take at least one math course and one course in statistics. NOTE: Math 112 is a prerequisite for Chem 103 and Physics 103. In addition, Math 217 or 221 are prerequisites for Physics 201 and 207. The statistics course can be taken in your major department.


General Chemistry

Choose one of the following sequences:

  • Chemistry 103-104
  • Chemistry 109

Organic Chemistry

  • Chem 343 Introductory Organic Chemistry
  • Chem 345 Intermediate Organic Chemistry
  • Chem 344 Introductory Organic Chemistry Lab


Choose one of the following sequences:

  • Biochemistry 501
  • Biochemistry 507-508

Biological Sciences

General Biology

Choose one of the following sequences:

  • Zoology 101-102 + Additional bio-science course
    • Options include: Genetics, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Immunology, Physiology, Anatomy
    • Note: you may need to do an additional bio-science course with lab
  • Biology 151-152
  • Biocore: Students must apply to enroll in Biocore. For more information, visit their website.
    • Biocore 381-382 Evolution, Ecology and Genetics lecture/lab
    • Biocore 383-384 Cellular Biology lecture/lab
    • Biocore 485-486 Organismal Biology lecture/lab
    • Biocore 587 Biological Interactions


Choose one of the following courses:

  • Genetics 160
  • Genetics 466


Many veterinary schools require a course in microbiology.  Choose one of the following courses:

  • Microbiology 101
  • Microbiology 303


Choose one of the following sequences:

  • Physics 103-104 (without calculus)
  • Physics 201-202 (calculus-based; recommended for Engineering majors)
  • Physics 207-208 (calculus-based; recommended for Life Science majors)


Most schools of veterinary medicine require 6 credits of English, or literature taught in English, with an emphasis on writing/composition.

Other Courses

Many schools of veterinary medicine require or recommend one or more of the following: Microbiology, Nutrition/Animal Nutrition, Physiology/Animal Physiology, Anatomy, additional humanities and/or social sciences.