Montana State University

Pre-veterinary Program

The department participates in MSUís Genetics Minor and recommends this minor to students particularly interested in genetics.

Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases

The pre-veterinary program prepares students for professional veterinary school leading to a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Although Montana does not have a college of veterinary medicine, Montana residents may obtain supplemental funding for their professional program through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Program. This is a cooperative program with Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. This program provides access for admission and enables Montana resident students to attend veterinary schools out-of-state, yet pay in-state rates for tuition. There is a separate WICHE application.

The pre-veterinary program will prepare students for acceptance to all veterinary schools in the WICHE program through both didactic coursework and internships. Application to other veterinary schools may vary in requirements. Acceptance to veterinary medical college is highly competitive and course requirements may change from year to year. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor on a regular basis to keep abreast of any changes in requirements and suggested courses.

The pre-veterinary program is not an undergraduate major that results in a degree, but rather a program designed to fulfill the requirements for an application to a College of Veterinary Medicine. Students must choose and declare an undergraduate major after 3 semesters in the pre-veterinary curriculum. Students are encouraged to choose an undergraduate major as early as possible.

Pre-veterinary coursework may be applied toward a bachelor of science in any major including animal science, biotechnology, biology and microbiology. High school students are encouraged to take a significant number of science courses including chemistry, biology, mathematics and physics. Students unable to obtain adequate preparatory science courses in high school should begin the pre-veterinary curriculum with more basic courses than suggested below.

Pre-veterinary Curriculum

Freshman Year F S
BIOB 170IN--Principles of Biological Diversity (or BIOB 256) 4
BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems (or BIOB 260) 4
CHMY 141--College Chemistry I 4
CHMY 143--College Chemistry II 4
COM 110US--Public Communication 3
WRIT 101W--College Writing I 3
M 150 or M 161--College Calculus 4
University Core and Electives 4 6
15 17
Sophomore Year F S
BCH 380--Biochemistry 5
CHMY 211--Elements of Organic Chemistry 5
     CHMY 321 and CHMY 323 4 4
PHSX 205IN--College Physics I 4
PHSX 207--College Physics II 4
STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics 3
University Core and Electives 4 6
Junior Year F S
Take one of the following:
     BIOB 375--General Genetics3
     ANSC 322--Principles of Breeding/Genetics3
BIOO 412--Animal Physiology 3
     ANSC 265 and ANSC 266 A&P Domestic Animals 3/1

Recommended But Not Required Credits
ARNR 321--Physiology of Reproduction 4
ANSC 337--Disease of Domestic Livestock 3
BIOO 310--Comp Vertebrate Anatomy 4
BIOO 412--Animal Physiology 3
ANSC 320--Animal Nutrition 4
BIOH 340--Principles of Histology 3
BIOM 360--General Microbiology I 4
BIOB 410--Immunology 3
ANSC 265 & ANSC 266 A&P Domestic Animals   4
BIOM 400 --Medical Microbiology 3
IMID 475 --Pre-veterinary Internship 2-6

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