Pre-Veterinary Medicine at Houghton

Houghton provides a broad, pre-professional education, while offering those courses specified by veterinary medical colleges for admission. Veterinary colleges stress the desirability of a well-rounded post-secondary education. They accept students without regard to their pre-professional major and sometimes after three years or 90 hours of credit. However, most applicants major in biology or chemistry and, on the average, have more than 100 hours of pre-professional training.

Because there are relatively few veterinary colleges, the number of students accepted each year into veterinary curricula is small; therefore, excellence of academic achievement and personal character, as well as familiarity with the profession are necessary for admission.

Recent Graduates and Veterinary School Admittance

Recent Houghton College graduates have been admitted to, are attending or have recently graduated from the following schools:

  • Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Courses of Study

Recommended Major: BS in Biology Hours
BIOL 151 General Biology I 4
BIOL 152 General Biology II 4
Sub-Total 8
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHYS 151 Physics I 4
PHYS 152 Physics II 4
MATH 180 or 181 Calculus and its Origins or Calculus I 4
Sub-Total 28
Major Requirements
BIOL 251 Genetics 4
BIOL 251 General Ecology 4
Organismal Biology 4
Experiential Biology 4
Upper-Level Biology Electives 12
Senior Seminar 2
Sub-Total 30
Required Courses for Veterinary School
BIOL 151 (Covered by Major) General Biology I 4 (repeat)
BIOL 152 (Covered by Major) General Biology II 4 (repeat)
CHEM 151 (Covered by Major) General Chemistry I 4 (repeat)
CHEM 152 (Coverd by Major) General Chemistry II 4 (repeat)
PHYS 151 (Covered by Major) Physics I 4 (repeat)
PHYS 152 (Covered by Major) Physics II 4 (repeat)
CHEM 332 Biochemistry (required by many schools) 4
BIOL 242 Microbiology (required by some schools) 4
English Composition 4
Sub-Total (New) 12
Suggested Courses
Anatomy/Comparative Anatomy, Genetics, Animal   Behavior, Nutrition, Calculus, Cell Biology, Ecology, Embryology/Developmental Bio, Endocrinology, Entomology, Epidemiology, Histology, Immunology, Invertebrate Zoology, Medical Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Mycology, Nutrition, Parasitology, Physiology, Statistics, Toxicology, Virology 
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