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Zoology - Accelerated Pre-Veterinary Option

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Zoology - Accelerated Pre-Veterinary Option (125 Credits)

The Accelerated Pre-Veterinary Option track allows qualified students to earn both a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine within a seven-year span. Interested students must be advised by faculty in the School of Biological Sciences, and should contact the school no later than the first semester of the sophomore year. Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Zoology must fulfill the University and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements for graduation as described in the WSU general catalog. Students must complete a minimum of 90 undergraduate credits, including 30 credits of 300-400 level coursework, and be accepted into the Veterinary Medicine program to complete this degree.

Honors students complete honors requirements in place of UCORE requirements. The math and science components of those requirements are fulfilled as part of the School requirements described below. Other University requirements include: 120 total credits, of which 40 must be 300-400-level credits; the writing portfolio; and two writing in the major courses (identified by [M] in the course listings). The College of Arts and Sciences requires two years of high school foreign language or at least two semesters of college-level foreign language. Bachelor of Science degree options in Biology and Zoology require a minimum of 19 semester credits of core BIOLOGY courses (BIOLOGY 106, 107, 301, 370 [M] or 372 [M], and 395 or 403 or 405). An additional 21 semester credits of biological sciences coursework selected in consultation with your biology advisor is required. The 21 semester credits must include 15 upper division credits, six of which must be BIOLOGY courses taken in residence at WSU, one additional BIOLOGY writing in the major course (identified by [M] in the course listings), and one BIOLOGY Capstone course (identified by the [CAPS] in the course listings). VET MED credits fulfill other Program Option electives requirements. An overall GPA of at least 2.0 must be maintained in all College and School requirements. A maximum of 4 credits of coursework that are graded S, F may be used toward fulfilling School requirements or program options, and no other courses taken S or P can be applied toward fulfilling School requirements or program options. Students must complete an exit survey. Students may not double major or take a minor in any combination of Biology, Zoology, or General Studies Biological Sciences.

For more information about the Accelerated Pre-Vet Option program contact the School of Biological Sciences.
First Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
CHEM 105 [PSCI]14
Second TermCredits
CHEM 1064
MATH 140 [QUAN] or 171 [QUAN]14
Second Year
First TermCredits
CHEM 3454
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
Humanities [HUM]3
Second TermCredits
Arts [ARTS], Humanities [HUM], or Social Sciences [SSCI]3
CHEM 370 or MBIOS 3033 or 4
PHYSICS 101 or 2014
STAT 212, 412, or PSYCH 3113 or 4
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
BIOLOGY 321 [M] or BIOLOGY 322 [M]4
PHYSICS 102 or 2024
Foreign Language, if needed, and/or Elective36
Second TermCredits
BIOLOGY 370 [M] or 372 [M]4
BIOLOGY 395, 403, or 4053
Diversity [DIVR]3
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Foreign Language, if needed, or Elective34
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
VET MED 5104
VET MED 51145
VET MED 5134
VET MED 5682
VET MED 5861
Second TermCredits
VET MED 5124
VET MED 52055
VET MED 5213
VET MED 5343
VET MED 5453
VET MED 5801
Complete School of Biological Sciences Exit Survey

1MATH 106 may be taken as a pre-/co-requisite to CHEM 105 and other MATH courses. MATH 108 may also be needed.
2Students in Honors College complete HONORS 450 in lieu of a BIOLOGY [CAPS] course.
3Two years of high school foreign language or at least two semesters of college-level foreign language are required by the College of Arts and Sciences for graduation.
4Counts as Anatomy option requirement toward the Zoology degree
5Counts as Physiology option requirement toward the Zoology degree.

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