Pre-Veterinary Curriculum

The Pre-veterinary Curriculum advisors have developed the following curriculum to help plan a successful application for admission into a college of veterinary medicine. Montana State University undergraduate students are academically very well qualified and sought after among the regional veterinary schools.

The pre-veterinary advising office is located in the Animal Bioscience Building, room 119, on the main campus to provide easier access to undergraduate students. The phone number for this office is 406-994-5598. Appointments may be scheduled by phone or by signing up on the door of 119 Animal Bioscience Bldg .

The State of Montana does not have a college of veterinary medicine. However, Montana has a new Montana Cooperative Veterinary Medicine Program. Please visit the webpage at Montana residents will competitively apply for admission to this program after completing their undergraduate prerequisite courses. The program's first year of study is on the MSU campus, and the next three years of study are at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Montana currently supports ten students through this program.

Montana residents may also compete for admission to veterinary school through a contract agreement with WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education). Montana residents will competitively apply for admission to this program after completing their undergraduate prerequisite courses. Information on the current status of this program in Montana may be obtained by contacting the Commissioner for Higher Education Office in Helena, MT.

MSU Pre-Veterinary Course Requirements

This outline is designed to qualify students academically to apply to the MONTANA COOPERATIVE VETERINARY MEDICINE PROGRAM.  Carefully read all information on required courses.  In general, higher level science courses will substitute for those listed.  If there is any question about the requirements, check with an advisor.  Students applying to schools other than those in the Montana Cooperative Veterinary Medicine Program should contact each school for their specific requirements.

1. Chemistry *  
College Chemistry I  
College Chemistry II  
Elements of Organic Chemistry  
For students without a strong background in chemistry, consider taking CHMY 121IN as a preparatory course before taking CHMY 141. This is not usually done, but it is an option. CHMY 121IN is not required for the pre-veterinary curriculum and does not count as an elective. Some undergraduate degree curricula may require CHMY 321 and CHMY 323 or equivalent; these will substitute for CHMY 211 for all vet schools.
* Includes appropriate labs.
2. Biology  
Principles of Living Systems  
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Principles of Biological Diversity  
General Genetics  
Principles of Animal Breeding and Genetics
3. Mathematics  
Survey of Calculus  
The math requirement changes frequently, but all science degrees require M 161Q.
4. Statistics  
Introduction to Statistics  
5. Physics  
College Physics I  
6. English  
Public Communication (or equivalent US core course)  
College Writing I  
7. Electives  
WSU requires 27 General Education requirements and electives. The general education requirements concern only those students who have not obtained a B.S. degree before entering the professional program.
8. Recommended Electives  
Remaining electives are recommended to be in Biotechnology/Animal System, Animal Science, Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Business courses, or possibly other areas. Electives should be used to obtain credits in the curriculum chosen for a degree. Once a degree curriculum is decided on, proper selection of electives may make it easier to complete the pre-veterinary requirements and degree requirements simultaneously.