2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Biology/Pre-Veterinary Medicine

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

Program Requirements

Biology/Pre-Veterinary Medicine, BS Program Checksheet

Includes:

  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose Pre-Veterinary Medicine? - Program Spotlight

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.

More Information

LEAD ADVISOR: Dr. James Scott
PHONE: 231-591-2620
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
3
*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.
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