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Biology/Pre-Veterinary Medicine BIPV

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): Arts and Sciences

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
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.
Required Courses
Biology classes
BIOL 121 General Biology 1 4
BIOL 122 General Biology 2 4
BIOL 310 Nutrition 3
BIOL 321 Human Physiology-Anatomy 1 4
BIOL 322 Human Physiology-Anatomy 2 4
BIOL 373 Cell Biology 3
BIOL 375 Principles of Genetics 3
BIOL 386 Microbiology and Immunology 5
Biology Electives 300 or higher 4
BIOL 460 Current Topics in BIOL 2
Choose 1 of the following Ecology classes:
BIOL 346 Ecological Assessment 3
BIOL 347 Environmental Conservation 3
BIOL 442 Ecology 3
Supporting Sciences
MATH 130 Adv Algebra-Analytical Trig 4
CHEM 121 General Chemistry 1 5
CHEM 122 General Chemistry 2 5
CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry 1 5
CHEM 322 Organic Chemistry 2 5
CHEM 364 Biochemistry 4
PHYS 211 Introductory Physics 1 4
PHYS 212 Introductory Physics 2 4
Additional Program Requirements
Biology Application Area Courses (consult advisor) 5
COMM 121 Fundamentals-Public Speaking 3
Electives to a credit total of: 121 credits (consult advisor) 14

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.

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 degree in Biology (either B.S. or B.A.) from Ferris State University.

More Information

Department of Biology
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2004
Big Rapids, MI 49307
or call (231) 591-2550.

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