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Veterinary Medicine Pre-Major, AS-T1 Planning Guide

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Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate of Science-Transfer (AS-T) Track 1 at Shoreline.

A typical next step would be to complete a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year school, then apply for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) programs. Not all Veterinary schools require a Bachelor degree, but very few students without a Bachelor’s are selected for admission.

What courses should I take?

This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.

General Education Requirements - 20 Credits

Communication (8-10 Credits)

Take ENGL& 101  and either ENGL& 102 , ENGL& 230 , or CMST& 101 .

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Select one of the following courses:

HUM 105 , CMST 203 , CMST 285 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105 , PSYC 230 .

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Although the DVM program at WSU will accept MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , and MATH& 146  for admission, the AS-T degree and most baccalaureate science programs require MATH& 151 , MATH& 152  and MATH& 163  or MATH 211 .

Humanities and Social Sciences - 15 Credits

Select one course from the Humanities  course list, one course from the Social Sciences  course list, and a third course from either list.

Pre-Major Requirements - 59.5-67 Credits

Major Science Sequence

Select any two biology, chemistry, or physics sequences from the list below to complete the AS degree; DVM programs require all three sequences. Choose either Algebra- or Calculus-based physics, not both.

Biology: BIOL& 211 , BIOL& 212 , BIOL& 213  

Algebra-based Physics: PHYS& 114 , PHYS& 115 , PHYS& 116   -OR-

Calculus-based Physics: PHYS& 221 , PHYS& 222 , PHYS& 223  

Chemistry: CHEM& 241 /CHEM 271 , CHEM& 242 /CHEM 272 , CHEM& 243 /CHEM 273  

Where can I go for help?

For course info and entry codes, contact:

biologyadvising@shoreline.edu, chemistryadvising@shoreline.edu, mathadvising@shoreline.edu

General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229  206-546-4559  advising@shoreline.edu  www.shoreline.edu/advising

International Student Academic Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302  206-546-4697  ieadvisors@shoreline.edu  www.shoreline.edu/international/advising/

Faculty Advisors

Kira Wennstrom  206-546-4578 kwennstrom@shoreline.edu Rm 2816
Joyce Fagel  206-546-6984 jfagel@shoreline.edu Rm 5229

Where can I transfer for a Bachelor’s degree?

The AS-T makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities in the U.S. with junior standing within a four-year Bachelor’s degree program. The courses recommended to prepare for a Veterinary Medicine program align well with majors in chemistry, biochemistry, and biology; however, a science-related major is not required to apply to most Veterinary Medicine programs.

Where can I study Veterinary Medicine?

The only school in Washington state that offers a Veterinary Medicine program is Washington State University - Pullman campus.

More information about programs in Veterinary Medicine

D.V.M. programs require four years of study. Admission is competitive. While not all programs require a Bachelor’s degree, most applicants have one. Students can complete most prerequisite courses at Shoreline, but must take upper division genetics and additional biology courses at a baccalaureate institution. Recommended baccalaureate majors are: animal science, biology, chemistry, microbiology, wildlife or zoology; but any major is accepted as long as specific prerequisite courses are completed. The application process takes a full year and includes demonstration of veterinary experience, GRE exam scores and letters of recommendation.

For more information:

  • American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges: www.aavmc.org

Washington State University-D.V.M. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Contact info: Admission@vetmed.wsu.edu

WSU DVM admission requirements: MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , and MATH& 146  or MATH 211 ; BIOL& 211 , BIOL& 212 , BIOL& 213 , CHEM 171 /CHEM 181 , CHEM 172 /CHEM 182 , CHEM 173 /CHEM 183 , CHEM& 241 /CHEM 271 , CHEM& 242 /CHEM 272 PHYS& 114 , PHYS& 115 , Biochemistry and Genetics, plus 40 credits of general education courses. Animal volunteer and/or work experience is very important.

Biochemistry and Genetics are typically taken after transfer to a university. SCC Biochemistry, CHEM 255 , CHEM 256  is accepted by WSU D.V.M. programs.

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