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Biology/Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Pre-Veterinary Medicine?

The Pre-Veterinary Medicine program provides a quality bachelor's degree in biology. Completion of this degree enhances your application to a veterinary college. Students who don't wish to enter a college of veterinary medicine can consult with their advisor for alternate career paths.

Successful completion of the first three years of this program and a minimum of 240 clock hours of veterinary experience under the direction of your local veterinarian will satisfy the course prerequisites for admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University.

Career Opportunities

The Pre-Veterinary Medicine program at Ferris is designed to prepare students for admission to the School of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University.

Doctors of veterinary medicine may pursue a variety of career paths, such as ensuring public health, caring for companion animals, controlling animal diseases and providing veterinary medical education.

The future for doctors of veterinary medicine is bright. With an increasing population of companion animals, there is more need than ever for well-trained, compassionate professionals to enter the field of veterinary medicine.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT Reading and Mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

The Pre-Veterinary Medicine program at Ferris leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall and a minimum of 121 credits including completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. No grade lower than a 'C-' is acceptable in courses that apply to the major, supporting sciences, and application area of the program. At least 50% of the semester credits applying toward the Biology major must be completed at FSU with a minimum of 30 FSU credits overall. Students may earn only one B.S. degree in Biology from Ferris State University.

More Information

LEAD ADVISOR: Dr. James Scott
PHONE: 231-591-2620
EMAIL:

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Kim Ducat
PHONE: 231-591-2745
EMAIL:  

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Jenice Winowiecki
PHONE: 231-591-2555
EMAIL:  

Department of Biological Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2004
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2550

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Pre-Veterinary Medicine BS, Biology - Minimum 121 Credits

Major - 38 Credits
General Biology 1
4
General Biology 2
4
Nutrition
3
Human Physiology-Anatomy 1
4
Human Physiology-Anatomy 2
4
Cell Biology
3
Principles of Genetics
3
Microbiology and Immunology
5
Current Topics in BIOL
2

Choose One:

Ecological Assessment
3
or
Environmental Conservation
3
or
Ecology
3
Biology Electives - Min of 3 credits
300 or higher
Choose from Biology Elective list below.
Supporting Sciences - 36 Credits
Adv Algebra-Analytical Trig
4
General Chemistry 1
5
General Chemistry 2
5
Organic Chemistry 1
5
Organic Chemistry 2
5
Biochemistry
4
Introductory Physics 1
4
Introductory Physics 2
4
Biology Application Area - 5 Credits
Additional Credits in BIOL courses may also be used.
Choose from:
Nutrition for Healthy Living
3
Biomechanics
3
Stats for the Life Sciences
3
Responding to Emergencies
2
Orientation to Medical Vocabul
1
Medical Terminology
4
*These courses will satisfy the minimum admission requirements of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. In addition, a minimum of two courses in Cultural Enrichment, two courses in Social Awareness, and one course in English composition are required as a minimum for admission into that program. Requirements for other schools of veterinary medicine may vary.
Electives - 14 Credits to reach minimum of 121 Credits required.

University General Education

This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators: C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
Biology Electives - Consult with Advisor
Pathophysiology
3
Exercise Physiology
4
Nutrition
3
Zoology
4
Evolution
3
Ornithology
3
Entomology
3
Environmental Regulations
3
Animal Behavior
3
Medical Parasitology
3
Plants and Fungi
4
Developmental Biology
4
Forensic DNA Analysis
3
Endocrinology
3
Neurobiology
3
Medical Botany
3
Plant Physiology
4
Molecular Genetics
4
Recombinant DNA Lab
3
Proteins
3
Proteins Laboratory
3
Advanced Cell - Molecular Biol
3
Bioinformatics
3
Adv Techniques Biotechnology
2
Biological Research
1 TO 6
Special Topics in BIOL
1 TO 4
Biology Internship
1 TO 6
Special Studies in BIOL
1 TO 4
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