General Pre-Veterinary School Course Requirements

Course requirements vary greatly between schools. It is most important that you research the schools you are interested in for their pre-veterinary requirements. You can check VMCAS for the Summary of Course Prerequisites or access the VMSAR for the most updated course requirements by school.

Although prerequisite requirements vary by school, the following are some of the most common courses required. Again, it is important to check the requirements of each school you are considering at each school for which you plan to apply. Please refer to the most updated AVMA website for school-specific requirements. (updated 2020-2021)


Course Subject # Semesters UC Berkeley course sequence most students use to fulfill requirements
General (Inorganic) Chemistry & Organic Chemistry

Most schools require 2 semesters of general chemistry and 2 semesters of organic chemistry both with lab.

Chem 1A/1AL, 1B (lab included), 3A/3AL, 3B/3BL


Biology/Zoology .Most schools require 2 semesters with lab. Bio 1B (lab included), Bio 1A/1AL
Physiology Some schools require 1 semester. MCB 136 (Human Physiology)
IB 148 (Comparative Animal Physiology)
Microbiology Some schools require 1 semester with lab. Some schools require 2. MCB C112/112L OR PH 162A/162L (1 semester)
MCB C103 OR MCB 116 OR IB 118 (if 2 semester required)
Biochemistry 1 semester (some schools require one semester) MCB 102 
Chem 135
MCB C100A/Chem 130A
Physics 1-2 semesters Physics 8A, 8B
Physics 7A, 7B
Physics 7A, 8B
Genetics Some schools require 1 semester. IB 164
Mathematics/Statistics 1-2 semesters

Math 16A, 16B
Math 1A, 1B
Math 53, 54
Math 10A*, 10B* Math 10B does not fulfill the statistics requirement for most vet schools.

Statistics (not all vet schools require stats)
Stats 2
Stats 20
Stat 131 or PH 142

English 2 semesters Generally, English R1A, R1B or any courses that satisfy the Reading and Composition requirement at Berkeley will fulfill veterinary school English coursework requirements for most veterinary schools. See a list of those courses. Save your course syllabi in case any veterinary schools express concern that you did not complete their English requirement.
Nutrition (Animal) Some schools require 1 semester. Not offered at Berkeley, consider contacting vet schools for recommendations on where to take it.
Speech/Public Speaking Most schools require 1 semester. College Writing Program 10A or 10B
Humanities, Social & Behavioral Science Most schools require 1 semester of an introductory course. Some schools require 2. Psych 1 (for majors)
Psych 2 (for non majors)
Sociol 1

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