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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 and there are various paths you can take to complete the physics requirement, depending on your mathematical preparation/comfort level. Options include:

  • Survey of Physics I (Phys 100F, algebra-based) + Physics II (Phys 205S, requires some calculus)
  • Physics I (Phys 200F, calculus-based) + Physics II (Phys 205S)*
  • The Mechanical Universe (Phys 190F, for first-years planning to major/minor in physics) + Waves and Fields (Phys 195S)

*Math 116 (Calculus II) or equivalent is a prerequisite for Phys200F but NOT for Phys 205S

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 152 F, S) 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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