Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

This major has a flexible design allowing students to acquire the necessary first two years of study in agricultural biochemistry, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and modern concepts of biology. Students begin preparation for entrance to professional schools of veterinary medicine, human medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy or graduate study in the fields of agricultural biochemistry, animal breeding, animal physiology and nutrition.

Career Opportunities

Professional positions are available as veterinarians, human medical doctors, dentists, optometrists and pharmacists. Other career opportunities include: federal or state agencies, food and animal production and processing, research, and agricultural sales.

Admissions Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (4, 5, 6, and 7)12
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
MATH 128Plane Trigonometry (if needed, or GEF 8)3
AEM 341General Microbiology4
BIOL 115Principles of Biology4
BIOL 117Introductory Physiology4
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry4
CHEM 116Fundamentals of Chemistry4
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 234
CHEM 236
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
PHYS 101Introductory Physics (GEF 2)4
PHYS 102Introductory Physics (GEF 8)4
A&VS 150Introduction to Animal Science2
A&VS 251Principles of Animal Science4
AGRL 111Professions in Agriculture (eq. WVUE 191)1
AGRL 112Professions in Agriculture1
Total Hours68

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
BIOL 1154BIOL 1174
CHEM 1154CHEM 1164
A&VS 1502MATH 1283
Select one of the following (or higher, GEF 3):3AGRL 1121
 GEF 43
AGRL 111 (eq. WVUE 191)1 
 17 18
Second Year
PHYS 101 (GEF 2)4PHYS 102 (GEF 8)4
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
4CHEM 234
CHEM 236
GEF 53AEM 3414
GEF 63A&VS 2514
GEF 73 
 17 16
Total credit hours: 68

Major Learning Goals

pre-veterinary medicine

  1. Graduates will acquire a high level of competency in the basic sciences required for disciplinary competency.
  2. Graduates will integrate basic knowledge and managerial skills related to the animal, nutritional and food sciences disciplines.
  3. Graduates will acquire sufficient written and oral communication skills, problem solving and critical thinking skills to effectively impact lifelong societal and professional developments critical to their respective discipline of interest.



  • Dr. Heidi B. Samuels - Ed. D.
    West Virginia University

Teaching Assistant Professor

  • Jared Miller - Master of Science in Agriculture, Forestry, and Consumer Sciences
    West Virginia University