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Calvin's Programs - Pre-Veterinary

What should you major in?

A student with Calvin's horseMost veterinary school applicants are biology majors of some type. However, you would have just as good a chance of being accepted to medical school with a music, history, or any other major. So, you should select a major in a field that you enjoy, where you can get good grades; something your really good at.

Calvin's biology B.S. program has strong research, quantitative, and interdisciplinary components. Choose the B.S. degree program if you plan to pursue professional, advanced-degree programs in veterinary medicine.

When should you select a major?

You should select a major by the end of your sophomore year, and preferably before. 

What specific courses do you need to get into veterinary school?

Requirements include 2 courses in general biology (Biology 141 or 224, 225 or 205-206), Microbiology 207 or 336, Cell biology 335, and Genetics 321. You must also take Chemistry 103-104, and 261-262, 303 or 323, Physics 221-222, and one math course (e.g., Mathematics 110, 132 or 171). Some schools may have other specific requirements, so check with the pre-veterinary advisor if you have questions. You may also refer to the timeline for success for a more detailed, semester breakdown of requirements.

What about math?

Jill RoosVery few veterinary schools require calculus, but most recommend or require one semester of college level mathematics. You should check with the veterinary programs of interest for their specific requirements.

Are there core requirements?

Yes. The liberal arts core requirements at Calvin are designed to provide an educational foundation from a Christian perspective.  Not fulfilling core will result in a graduation delay.



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Let's meet

Meet with a pre-veterinary advisor each year to stay on track in your studies and develop your veterinary school recommendation.

Rich Nyhof

Rich Nyhof