The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Science. The degree can be obtained by two different mechanisms. The Three-Year Program requires that students complete a three year basic pre-veterinary curriculum (including the University Core Curriculum and total unit requirements) that satisfies the entrance requirements for most schools of veterinary medicine. The student must then be accepted into a veterinary school and complete 30 semester units. The Four-Year Program requires that the student complete the same three year basic pre-veterinary curriculum (including the University Core Curriculum and total unit requirements) plus an additional one year of undergraduate classes leading to a four year BS degree in Veterinary Science.
Qualified Nevada residents may participate in a program funded through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). The contract program allows Nevada residents access to enrollment at certain professional schools and helps offset out-of-state tuition.
The university’s pre-veterinary program offers students intensive advisement, and internship with veterinary practitioners and scholarships from the Gordon MacMillan endowment. Students are selected by schools of veterinary medicine based on the following factors: high academic performance, written application, practical experience in some phase of veterinary medicine, references, motivation, personal interview, and results of written examinations.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- demonstrate technical competency within their respective discipline.
- demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills within their respective discipline.
- demonstrate critical thinking skills by being able to assess a problem, gather and analyze relevant information associated with the problem and propose possible solutions.
Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno
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- Total Units | 120
- Cumulative GPA | 2.0
- University GPA | 2.0
- Major GPA | 2.0
- Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
- Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
- Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
- Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units
I. Core General Education Requirements (26-29 units)
NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy .”
Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.
A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3
B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units minimum) - CO2
C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (8 units) - CO4, CO4L
D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .
E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .
F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.
II. Additional Core Requirements (9 units maximum)
Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.
A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9
The following courses count in the General Education Requirement:
B. Diversity & Equity - CO10
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO10 courses .
C. Global Context - CO11
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO11 courses .
E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13
F. Application - CO14
The following courses count in the Major Requirement:
III. Additional College Requirements (0 units)
IV. Major Requirements (84 units)
A. Group One Department Requirements (41-42 units)
B. Group Two Department Requirements (31 units)
C. Directed Electives (9-13 units)
NOTE: All 300-400 level classes with the following prefixes are automatically approved as directed electives: AGSC, ACC, BCH, BIOL, COM, ECON, MATH, MKT, NRES, NUTR, and VM. Please contact your advisor for the use of elective courses that are 100 or 200 level or in other disciplines.
V. Minor Requirements (0 units)
VI. Electives (0-4 units)
VII. Recommended Schedule
First Semester (15 units)
Second Semester (16-17 units)
First Semester (14 units)
Second Semester (14 units)
First Semester (15 units)
Second Semester (16 units)
First Semester (15 units)
Second Semester (14-15 units)