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2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Animal Sciences: Pre-Veterinary Medicine Concentration, BS

About the Program

The Department of Animal Sciences offers this concentration that is intended for students seeking careers in veterinary medicine, research, or technical services related to animal nutrition, growth and development, animal genetics, reproduction, animal well-being, and management. Those in this concentration should have a strong interest in and curiosity in discovery and have enjoyed their high school biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses. This concentration can be used as excellent preparation for professional careers such as human medical doctors, veterinarians, dentists, and employment in the nutrition, genomics, and pharmaceutical industries.

Animal Sciences Website

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (33 credits)

ANSC Restricted Selectives (21 credits)

18 credits must be 30000 or higher - see ANSC Undergraduate Student Handbook

  • Animal Genetics Selective - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • Animal Nutrition Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Animal Physiology Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Animal Production/Management selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Animal Products Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Animal Sciences Selectives - Credit Hours: 5.00

Additional Degree Requirements

Click here for Animal Sciences: Pre-Veterinary Medicine Supplemental Information  

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (83-84 credits)

Electives (3-4 credits)

  • Electives - Credit Hours: 3.00-4.00


College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

  • 2.00 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
  • 32 Upper division credits taken from Purdue
  • International Understanding Selective   - Credit Hours: 9.00
  • Multicultural Awareness Selective  - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • 6 Credits:  Written/Oral Communication or Social Science and Humanities categories must come from 30000+ courses or above - Credit Hours: 3.00 AND Written/Oral Communication or Social Science and Humanities categories must come from 30000+ or above or from a course with a required pre-requisite in the same department - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities and/or Social Sciences outside the College of Agriculture - Credit Hours: 9.00

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

15 Credits

16 Credits

15-16 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

16 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

14 Credits

Fall 4th Year

14-15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Animal Nutrition Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Animal Products Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Animal Sciences Selective - Credit Hours: 2.00
  • Humanities or Social Science Selective (30000+ level): Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Written or Oral Communication Selective (20000+ level): Credit Hours: 3.00

14 Credits


  • 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
  • 2.0 GPA required in Animal Science courses
  • Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program. 

For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

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In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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