The Zoology Major
is your best bet into Veterinary school. A
Pre-vet curriculum through the zoology department typically takes four
years, though qualified students may apply for admission to vet school
completing their degree. Follow the zoology requirements in the WSU
catalog, and you'll pick up most of the required courses en route! (Be aware that there is no "pre-vet" major)
vet schools require at least one year, with labs, including Genetics and Microbiology.
Requirements for zoology major:
Among your (12 minimum above 3000) elective upper division hours, try to take:
*The Zoology major also requires two microbiology / botany courses as support. See course list for details.
Chemistry: Counts towards the Zoology Major
• Organic Chemistry I (Chem 2310 @ 5 );
• Biochemistry I (Chem 3070 @ 4)
Note: Some vet schools want 2 full semesters of Organic Chem plus Biochemistry
Physics: One year, with laboratory (counts towards the zoology major):
Calculus Physics I & II w/ Labs (Phsx 2210 + 2210L & Phsx 2220 + 2220L @ 5 ea)
**USU/WSU vet school requires one semester with lab / some vet schools want a full year
Mathematics: Varies by school. For example, Utah State/Washington State requires Pre-Calculus or higher & Statistics; Oregon State requires College Algebra, Trigonometry (or Calculus) & Statistics; Colorado State requires Statistics only. Taking Math through Calculus will maximize the schools you can apply to!
• College Algebra (Math QL 1050) or Pre-Calculus (Math 1080) or above is the requirement for the Zoology major
• Intro to Statistics (Math QL 1040 @ 3) or Statistics in Psychology (Psych 3600 @ 3)
General Education: Most schools
require between 10 - 24 credits in