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College of Agriculture

Animal Sciences: Preveterinary Medicine

The Department of Animal Sciences offers this curriculum that includes all courses that are required for admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program offered by the College of Veterinary Medicine and a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences. Students are prepared to apply to the College of Veterinary Medicine during their third year and if accepted can apply for the Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences upon successfully completing the first year of veterinary college. Admission requirements for other veterinary medicine colleges may differ slightly. Students will also be prepared for other scientific careers in animal industries including animal genetics and molecular biology, nutrition, physiology, and behavior. Also, they can apply to medical or dental schools, or graduate in M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

Credit Hours Required: 130 (See Core Graduation Requirements for Additional Information.)

Freshman Year

First Semester
Second Semester
(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University) (1) ANSC 18100 (Orientation to Animal Sciences)
(0.5) AGR 11400 (Introduction to Animal Sciences Academic Programs) (4) BIOL 11100 (Fundamentals of Biology II)
(4) BIOL 11000 (Fundamentals of Biology I) (4) CHM 11600 (General Chemistry)
(4) CHM 11500 (General Chemistry) (4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication) (3) MA 22400 (Introductory Analysis II)
(3) MA 22300 (Introductory Analysis I) (1) VM 10200 (Careers in Veterinary Medicine)
(3) Animal sciences selective
(18) (17)


Sophomore Year

Third Semester
Fourth Semester
(3) ANSC 22100 (Principles of Animal Nutrition) (3) AGRY 32000 (Genetics)
(3) BIOL 23100 (Biology III: Cell Structure and Function) (1) AGRY 32100 (Genetics Laboratory)
(2) BIOL 23200 (Laboratory in Biology III: Cell Structure and Function) (4) ANSC 23000 (Physiology of Domestic Animals)
(3) CHM 25500 (Organic Chemistry) (3) CHM 25600 (Organic Chemistry)
(1) CHM 25501 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory) (1) CHM 25601 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory)
(3) Economics selective (3) Humanities selective
(3) Humanities selective
(18) (15)


Junior Year

Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(3) BCHM 30700 (Biochemistry) (4) BIOL 22100 (Introduction to Microbiology)
(4) PHYS 22000 (General Physics) (4) PHYS 22100 (General Physics)
(3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods) (3) Animal nutrition selective
(3) Animal physiology selective (2) Animal sciences selective
(3) Social science selective (3) Written or oral communication selective
(16) (16)


Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(1) ANSC 48000 (Contemporary Issues in Animal Sciences) (3) Animal production/management selective
(3) Additional written communication selective (3) Animal sciences selective
(4) Animal genetics selective (3) Social science or humanities selective (30000+ level)
(3) Animal products selective (5) Electives
(3) Social science or humanities selective
(2) Elective
(16) (14)