Academic Requirements

This page is designed to provide students interested in veterinary medicine with the general requirements for every school along with a breakdown of the additional requirements for specific schools. It is very important for students to identify potential veterinary schools early on and to determine which courses are required for each school of interest.

Courses that are required by all of the accredited veterinary schools in the U.S. include:

Two semesters of general biology (with lab)

Bio 101F/102S; OR Biology 115F (requires strong results in AP/IB Bio and the permission of the instructor) plus one additional biology course.

One semester of biochemistry (with lab)

Biochemistry 346F

Two semester of general chemistry (with lab)

Chem 120F (or chem 125F for students with a strong chemistry background) and either Chem 265S (Inorganic and Materials) or Chem 270S (Biological Chemistry). 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.

Two semester of organic chemistry (with lab)

Chem 190S (Orgo I), Chem 255F (Orgo II)

Two semesters of physics (with lab)

Physics 100F-105S (algebra-based) or Physics 200F-205S (calculus-based sequence designed for physical science majors) or 190F-195S (for Physics majors).

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)

One semester of Calculus (Math 113 or 116) and one semester of statistics (Math 253 or Psych 201).

Humanities/social sciences (2-4 semesters)

Possibilities at Hamilton include: Cultural anthropology (113), Introductory Communication (101), Introductory Microeconomics or Macroeconomics (101 or 102), Introductory Art classes (104, 105, 106, 109, 113, 115, 116, 160), Introductory Art History classes (120, 145, 150, 151, 152, 154), Introductory Philosophy classes (100, 110, 111, 112, 115, 117), Introductory Psychology (101) and Introductory Sociology classes (101, 110).

School-Specific Requirements 

Many veterinary schools require specific courses that are needed in addition to the general requirements. This list provides you with a breakdown of the school-specific requirements and whether the requirements can be found at Hamilton. 


Required by: Auburn, California Davis, Colorado State, Iowa State, Kansas State, Lincoln Memorial, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Tufts, Washington State, Western and Wisconsin.
Recommended by: Florida, Georgia, and Illinois-Urbana.
At Hamilton: Biology 248 (Genes and Genomes)


Required by: Auburn, Florida, Kansas State, Louisiana State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Pennsylvania, Purdue, Texas A&M, and Western.
Recommended by: Georgia, Illinois-Urbana, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
At Hamilton: Biology 221 (Microbiology). Note that this course is not offered every year; contact the chair of the biology department to confirm when it will be offered.

Speech/Public Speaking:

Required by: Iowa State, Kansas State, Louisiana State, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Purdue, and Texas A&M.
At Hamilton: Any course in the Communications department that includes oral presentations.

Physiology (Systemic):

Required by: California-Davis, Iowa State, Oregon State, and Western.
Recommended by: Illinois-Urbana, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
At Hamilton: Biology 331F (Vertebrate Physiology)

Cellular Biology:

Required by: Georgia and Michigan State.
Recommended by: Wisconsin.
At Hamilton: Biology 357 (Cellular Neurobiology)


Required by: Auburn, Michigan State, North Carolina, State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Texas A&M and Tuskegee.
Not offered at Hamilton. Can be taken through NC State online courses (under NTR). 

Animal Science:

Required by: Florida, Texas A&M and Tuskegee.
Not offered at Hamilton.


Here is a complete list of the requirements for each specific school provided by the AAVMC. 

Contact Information

Leslie Bell

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