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Pre-Veterinary Medicine course catalog

2017-18

Advisor

TIMOTHY MUIR, Associate Professor
B.A., Kalamazoo College; M.S., Ph.D., Miami University (Ohio)

KIMBERLY MURPHY, Associate Professor
B.A., Winona State; Ph.D., Washington State

Although most of our students attend vet school through the traditional route (after four years of undergraduate), Augustana College is one of only three colleges with an early acceptance agreement with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Students are accepted at the beginning of their second year at Augustana and must maintain a minimum grade-point average. Our agreement is not only an early admission program, but also a 3-4 program, meaning students can enter the vet school after their third year at Augustana. After their first year of veterinary school, they return for graduation at Augustana, then finish the remaining three years of vet school (seven total years). This program is for all students, regardless of residency.

Students also may participate in clinical rotations during the school year at various veterinary clinics in the Quad-City area to obtain the clinical experience necessary for successful competition for admission into schools of veterinary medicine.

Students interested in veterinary medicine should consult with the advisor early in their first year of study to plan an appropriate schedule.

Pre-Veterinary program outline

(If elective spaces exist due to AP credit or fulfillment of foreign language, General Zoology may be taken during the first year)

The following courses should be completed by the end of the first year:

CHEM-121, CHEM-122, CHEM-123 (General Chemistry)
Foreign Language 101, 102, 103 if needed (less than four years of high school language)
First-Year Liberal Studies Courses (FYI 101, 102 & 103)

The following courses should be completed by the end of second year:

CHEM-311, CHEM-312, CHEM-313 (Organic Chemistry)
BIOL-200 (General Zoology)
BIOL-210 (Cell Biology)
BIOL-220 (Botany)

The following courses should be completed by the end of the third and fourth year:

PHYS-101, PHYS-102, PHYS-103
BIOL-360 (Comparative Physiology) or BIOL-362 (Human Physiology)
BIOL-370 (Genetics) - Take during third year
CHEM-411 (Biochemistry) - Generally offered in the fall
Senior Inquiry Course - in Biology or another major; if done in a different major, then replace with another biology elective
Biology - Four other courses of your choosing to complete the biology major

Additional useful courses:

BIOL-308 (History of Biological Thought)
BIOL-310 (Evolutionary Biology)
BIOL-335 (Entomology)
BIOL-339 (Animal Behavior)
BIOL-343 (Microbiology)
BIOL-345 (Principles of Immunology)
BIOL-351 (Human Anatomy)
BIOL-354 (Neuroanatomy)
BIOL-358 (Histology)
BIOL-373 (Developmental Biology)
BIOL-375 (Molecular Genetics)
BIOL-380 (General Ecology)
BIOL-387 (Aquatic Biology)
BIOL-455 (Cadaver Dissection; 1 credit; take during fourth year)
English 201 (The Writing Process) - 2nd writing courses is required by many vet schools
Math 219 (Calculus) - required by some vet schools
Psycology 100 (Intro to Psychology)
Psychology 240 (Intro to Statistics and Experimental Design) - required by some vet schools
Communication Studies 104 or 204 (Public Speaking or Argumentation and Oral Advocacy)
Classics 211 (Greek and Latin for Science; 1 credit)
"Humanities" & "Social Sciences" - several vet schools require a minimum number of credits
Internship - 4 credits (160 hours) or 8 credits (400 hours)

Pre-Veterinary 3-4 Coordinated Degree Program

Coordinated Degree Program at Augustana with the College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Illinois; NOTE: Requires a 3.50 gpa, 3.50 Science gpa. This program is for all students, regardless of residency, completing all their pre-veterinary coursework at Augustana College.

Required courses

The following courses should be completed by the end of the first year:

CHEM-121, CHEM-122, CHEM-123 (General Chemistry)
oreign Language 101, 102, 103 if needed (less than 4 years of high school language)
First-Year Liberal Studies Courses (FYI 101, 102 & 103)
BIOL-200 (General Zoology) or BIOL-210

The following courses should be completed by the end of second year:

CHEM-311, CHEM-312, CEHM-313 (Organic Chemistry)
BIOL-210 (Cell Biology) - fall term (or in spring of first year)
BIOL-220 (Botany) - BIOL-210 is a prerequisite
BIOL-370 (Genetics) - BIOL-210 is a prerequisite

 

The following courses should be completed by the end of the third year:

CHEM-411 (Biochemistry I) - generally offered in the fall
PHYS-101, PHYS-102, PHYS-103
BIOL-360 or BIOL-362 (Comparative or Human Physiology)
Biology - Three other courses of your choosing (excluding Immunology, Neuroanatomy, Histology)
Senior Inquiry - must be completed at Augustana

You also must complete all of your General Education courses during your three years.

The above course work totals 105 credits, thereby requiring 9 credits of overload, summer school or AP credit from high school. However, if the foreign language requirement has been satisfied, only 96 credits in specific courses are required. A minimum of 90 credits at Augustana are required.

Note, a student wishing to earn an Augustana degree, should AVOID taking any of the following courses at Augustana: Immunology, Neuroanatomy, Histology. These courses, when taken at U. of Illinois, will fulfill the last of the requirements for your biology major at Augustana. 

Students must take ALL the Illinois CVM prerequisite courses at Augustana. After being accepted into the 3-4 program, all science courses must be taken at Augustana. Only non-science courses can be transferred into Augustana and only if absolutely necessary.

Additional useful courses

PSYC-100 (Intro. to Psychology)
PSYC-240 (Intro. to Statistics and Experimental Design) - "Psych Stats" - prerequisites: PSYC-100 and Permission of Instructor
BIOL-308 (History of Biological Thought)
BIOL-310 (Evolutionary Biology)
BIOL-335 (Entomology)
BIOL-339 (Animal Behavior)
BIOL-343 (Microbiology)
BIOL-345 (Principles of Immunology)
BIOL-351 (Human Anatomy)
BIOL-354 (Neuroanatomy)
BIOL-358 (Histology)
BIOL-373 (Developmental Biology)
BIOL-375 (Molecular Genetics)
BIOL-380 (General Ecology)
BIOL-387 (Aquatic Biology)
BIOL-455 (Cadaver Dissection; 1 credit, take during fourth year)