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Academic Requirements


Since course requirements vary by school, it is important to learn early on which courses are required for each veterinary school to which you intend to apply. View a complete list of the requirements for each specific school provided by the AAVMC. Requirements generally include:

General biology (2 semesters)

  • Prior to Fall 2018: Bio 101F and Bio 102S; or Bio 115F and a 200-level biology course
  • Beginning in Fall 2018: Bio 100 (several options, some offered in fall, others in spring) and a 200-level biology course (some offered in fall, denoted with an "F" after the course number, others in spring, denoted with an "S"). This only applies to those who have not previously taken Bio 101 and 102.

Note: Given that many veterinary programs also require microbiology and genetics, other 200-level biology lab courses should be taken to fulfill the two-semester general biology requirement. Options may include: Bio 213S Marine Biology, Bio 222S Survey of Human Anatomy, Bio 228F Invertebrate Biology, Bio 237F Ecology, and Bio 280S Plant Function and Structure. To confirm whether or not a course will count toward a given school's general biology requirement, call or email the school in advance of taking the course.
Note that Bio 270S Biological Chemistry should not be taken to fulfill the general biology requirement if taken to fulfill the general chemistry requirement (see below).

biochemistry (1 semester)

  • Biochemistry (Bio 346F)

general chemistry (2 semesters)
organic chemistry (2 semesters)

  • Principles of Chemistry (Chem 120F) or Principles of Chemistry: Fundamentals to Applications (Chem 125F- for those with a 4 or 5 on the AP exam) and
  • Inorganic Chemistry and Materials (Chem 265S) or Biological Chemistry (Chem 270S) 
  • Organic Chemistry I (Chem 190S) and Organic Chemistry II (Chem 255F)

Note: if Chem 270 is taken to fulfill the second semester of “inorganic” or “general chemistry”, then students must still take Bio 346 (Biochemistry) to fulfill the biochemistry requirement.

physics (2 semesters)

Physics courses are sequential at Hamilton. There are various paths you can take to complete the physics requirement. The Physics Department offers two year-long sequences of introductory courses that differ only in the level of mathematics used in them: 100F and 105S are algebra-based while 200F and 205S are calculus-based.  Math 116 or equivalent is a prerequisite for the 200-205 sequence. You should choose the sequence that best reflects your mathematical comfort level, but keep in mind that calculus is the "natural language" of physics and you may gain a better appreciation of the science through a calculus-based class as opposed to an algebra-based one. Students with a 5 on AP Mechanics C should start with a more advanced physics course in consultation with the physics chair.

English (2 semesters)

Any two courses in the Literature and Creative Writing Department. Note that the majority of 100-level English classes are open to only first-year students. Some veterinary schools may accept a writing-intensive class in place of one English/literature/creative writing class.

Mathematics (2 semesters)

  • Calculus I (Math 113) or Calculus II (Math 116)  
  • Statistical Analysis of Data (Math 252 or Math 253) or Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology (Psych 201)

Note: You must take Introductory Psychology (Psych 101) as a prerequisite for Psych 201.

Humanities/social sciences (2-4 semesters)

There are numerous possibilities at Hamilton including: anthropology, economics, art/art history, philosophy, psychology, classics, foreign languages, history, government, and/or sociology classes.

Contact Information


Leslie Bell

Director of Health Professions Advising
315-859-4338 lbell@hamilton.edu
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