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Course Prerequisites

Pre-veterinary students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the admission requirements for the professional DVM program at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Students should seek knowledgeable pre-veterinary counselors and/or advice when enrolled in pre-professional programs other than at LSU.

 

All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to matriculation. (I.E. - If applying for fall '12 matriculation, all prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring '12 semester, and the official transcript with final grades must be submitted no later than June 15th.) Prerequisites taken during the summer '12 semester will NOT be accepted for the '11-'12 application cycle.

 

A minimum of 66 total semester hours is required for consideration for admission into the professional DVM program. This must include the 46 semester credit hours of the courses listed below. If there are any questions regarding equivalency of courses, please contact the LSU SVM Student Affairs Office (email: admissions@vetmed.lsu.edu; Phone: 225-578-9538; Fax: 225-578-9546).


 

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE - 12 sem. hrs. - Must include at least 8 sem. hrs. (two-semester course sequence with laboratory) in general biology or introductory zoology and at least 4 sem. hrs. (one-semester course with laboratory) in microbiology at a level appropriate for premedical students. LSU courses— Biology 1201, 1202, 1208, 1209, and 2051. (BIOL 1001/1002 do not meet the general biology prerequisites.)

BIOL 2051 - General Microbiology (4) -- Structure and function of microbial cells and their relationship to people and the environment. F,S,Su Prereq: BIOL 1202, 1209 and CHEM 1202. 2 hrs. lecture; 4 hrs. lab. Credit will not be given for both this course and BIOL 1011 or 1012. {NOTE- must be a microbiology course specific for science/premed majors. Microbiology courses for Veterinary Technicians are not acceptable.}

BIOL 1201 - Biology for Science Majors I (3) -- General concepts in cellular structure, cellular metabolism, cellular communication, and genetics. Prereq: minimum ACT composite of 23 or “C” or better in CHEM 1201. Primarily for students in science, agriculture, or education. Credit will not be given for both this course and BIOL 1001.

BIOL 1208 - Biology Laboratory for Science Majors I (1) -- Prereq: credit or registration in BIOL 1201. Credit will not be given for this course and BIOL 1005 or 1207. 3 hrs. lab. Primarily for students majoring in science, agriculture, or education.

BIOL 1202 - Biology for Science Majors II (3) -- General concepts in evolution, ecology, and the function of organisms. Prereq: BIOL 1201. Primarily for students in science, agriculture, or education. Credit will not be give for this course and BIOL 1002.

BIOL 1209 - Biology Laboratory for Science Majors II (1) -- Prereq: Credit in BIOL 1208, credit or registration in BIOL 1202. Credit will not be given for this course and BIOL 1005. Primarily for students majoring in science, agriculture, or education.

         -- OR in place of a combined Lecture/Lab above --

BIOL 1503 HONORS - Introductory Zoology (4) -- Prereq: BIOL 1201 and consent of instructor. 3 hrs lecture; 3 hrs lab. Special honors emphasis for qualified students.

 

GENERAL (INORGANIC) CHEMISTRY - 8 sem. hrs. - Must include laboratory and must be at a level for science or engineering majors. LSU courses— Chemistry 1201, 1202, 1212.

CHEM 1201 - General Chemistry (3) -- Modern chemical theories and principles; quantitative approach and problem solving; descriptive chemistry of selected elements and compounds. Prereq: ACT mathematics score of at least 23 or eligibility for MATH 1021 or a more advanced math course. Credit will not be given for both this course and CHEM 1421. For science/engineering curricula.

CHEM 1202 - General Chemistry (3) -- Additional theory with emphasis on solution chemistry and a quantitative approach; descriptive chemistry of selected elements and compounds from the main groups and the first transition series. Prereq: CHEM 1201 or 1421. Credit will not be given for both this course and CHEM 1422. For science/engineering curricula. Continuation of CHEM 1201.

CHEM 1212 - General Chemistry Laboratory (2) -- Basic laboratory operations including selected experiments and introductory inorganic qualitative analysis. Prereq: credit or registration in CHEM 1002, 1202, or 1422. 6 hrs. lab. Credit will not be given for both this course and CHEM 1431. Laboratory usage deposit.

 

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY - 3 sem. hrs. - Must cover aliphatic and aromatic compounds, with emphasis on the biological aspects of organic chemistry. LSU course— Chemistry 2060 or Chemistry 2261. * Please note that CHEM 2060 is the prerequisite for BIOL 2083 and CHEM 2261 AND 2262 are the prerequisites for BIOL 4087.

CHEM 2060 - Organic Chemistry (3) -- Aliphatic and aromatic compounds; biological aspects of organic chemistry. Prereq: CHEM 1202. Credit will not be given for both this course and CHEM 2261.

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CHEM 2261 - Organic Chemistry (3) -- Prereq.: CHEM 1202 or 1422. Credit will not be given for both this course and CHEM 2060 and 2462. Representative classes of organiccompounds; emphasis on varied professional goals of students, e.g., life sciences, physical sciences, engineering.

 

BIOCHEMISTRY - 3 sem. hrs. - Must include 3 sem. hrs. of basic concepts and an introduction to the nature and physiological uses of natural substances. LSU course— Biochemistry 2083 or 4087. *The appropriate Biochemistry course at another institution MUST have Organic Chemistry as its prerequisite.

BIOL 2083 - The Elements of Biochemistry (3) -- Nature and physiological uses of natural substances of interest to education, agriculture, and home economics majors. F,S Prereq: CHEM 2060. Not for degree credit for students in the College of Basic Sciences.

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BIOL 4087 - Basic Biochemistry (4) -- Prereq.: BIOL 2153 and CHEM 2262 or 2462. Credit will not be given for BIOL 4087 and either BIOL 4093 or 4094. Cellular macromolecules; production and utilization of energy by the cell; major metabolic pathways and their control; molecular biology.

 

MATHEMATICS - 5-6 sem. hrs. - Must be at the college algebra/trigonometry level or higher. LSU courses—Mathematics 1020/1021, 1022, 1550. Students who qualify for more advanced mathematics may substitute Mathematics 1023 (5 sem. hrs.) for 1020/1021 and 1022.

MATH 1021 - College Algebra (3) -- Quadratic equations, systems of linear equations, inequalities, functions, graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions, complex numbers, theory of equations. F,S,Su Prereq: MATH 0092 or placement by department. Credit will not be given for both this course and MATH 1015 or 1023.

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MATH 1022 - Plane Trigonometry (3) -- Trigonometric functions and identities, inverse trigonometric functions, graphs, solving triangles and equations, complex numbers, polar coordinates. F,S,Su Prereq: MATH 1021 or placement by department. Credit will not be given for both this course and MATH 1015 or 1023. 3 hrs. lecture; 1 hr. lab.

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MATH 1023 - College Algebra and Trigonometry (5) -- F,S,Su Prereq: placement by department or grade of "A" in MATH 0092. Credit will not be given for both this course and MATH 1015, 1021, or 1022. For qualified students, a replacement for MATH 1021 and 1022 as preparation for calculus.

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MATH 1550 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (5) -- Prereq.: MATH 1022 or 1023 or consent of department. An honors course, MATH 1551, is also available. Credit will be given for only one of the following: MATH 1431, 1441, 1550. Analytic geometry, limits, derivatives, integrals.

 

GENERAL PHYSICS - 6 sem. hrs. - Must be at a level for science majors and must include mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, and topics in modern physics. LSU courses— Physics 2001, 2002. NOTE: Physics Labs are not required.

PHYS 2001, PHYS 2002 - General Physics (3,3) -- Mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity, and magnetism; topics in modern physics. Prereq for PHYS 2001: MATH 1022 or 1023; Prereq for PHYS 2002: PHYS 2001. 3 hrs. lecture/demonstration. Credit will not be given for these courses and PHYS 1201, 1202 or 2101, 2102.

 

ENGLISH COMPOSITION - 6 sem. hrs. - Must include 6 sem. hrs. of English composition. LSU courses— English 1000, 1001, 1002, 2000.

ENGL 1000 - English Composition (3) -- Introduction to writing in forms of expressive and informative discourse. For students whose diagnostic tests indicate intensive writing instruction is needed. Meets five hours per week. Credit will not be given for both ENGL 1000 and 1001.

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ENGL 1001 - English Composition (3) -- Introduction to writing in forms of expressive and informative discourse. Placement by department. Credit will not be given for both this course and ENGL 1000.

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ENGL 1002 - English Composition (3) -- Introduction to writing persuasive, evaluative, and other forms of argumentative discourse. Prereq: ENGL 1000/1001 or placement by department. An honors course, ENGL 1003, is also available.

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ENGL 2000 - English Composition (3) -- Prereq.: ENGL 1001 or equivalent and 39 total credit hours earned by the time of enrollment. Credit will not be given for both this course and ENGL 1002 or 1005. Practice in the processes of academic and applied writing.

* LSU students can also take ENGL 2000 in place of ENGL 1002.

 

SPEECH COMMUNICATIONS - 3 sem. hrs. - Must include 3 sem. hrs. of public speaking or interpersonal communication course. LSU courses- CMST 2010 or 2060. CMST 1061 will also meet the speech communications prerequisite.

CMST 2010 - Interpersonal Communication (3) -- Theories and research in human communication; one-to-one interactions.

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CMST 2060 - Public Speaking (3) -- Theory and skills needed by the effective communicator and critical consumer of speech; analysis of other speakers and practice in speaking. Credit will not be given for both this course and CMST 1061.

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CMST 1061 - Fundamentals of Communication (3) -- The practice of rhetoric, performance studies, and communication theory; extensive practical and performance applications of communication skills in addition to lectures and readings.

* LSU students in the College of Agriculture should contact their undergraduate academic advisor to ensure that the speech communication course taken meets the student's degree curriculum requirements.

 

ELECTIVE COURSES - In selecting the remaining required courses for admission to the professional program, applicants should consider the following:

      • The objective of the D.V.M. program is to offer a well-rounded curriculum in veterinary medical education enabling the graduate to select from a wide range of professional opportunities. The selection of elective courses in the pre-professional curriculum should reflect the interests and the objectives of the candidate. Potential applicants should plan their programs with the recognition that these elective courses provide the only formal opportunity in the applicant's college years to obtain a broad general education.

      • Applicants who have completed advanced preparatory courses in high school are, in all probability, qualified to complete the prerequisites within four semesters. These students are encouraged to take higher level university courses when so permitted. Applicants who are inadequately prepared may find it advantageous to complete the pre-veterinary requirements over a longer period.

      • Although the primary objective of the applicant may be to complete the pre-veterinary requirements, those who have not previously obtained a baccalaureate degree are encouraged to plan for alternative career possibilities through registration in a degree-granting program which has similar course requirements. Several LSU curricula include all of the minimum mandatory requirements. Many other curricula which do not specify all of the requirements allow them as electives.

      • Since not all applicants will gain admission to the School of Veterinary Medicine on their first attempt, they should continue in degree programs while making themselves more competitive in subsequent years. Some students may elect to complete a baccalaureate degree in order to pursue graduate training during the first and second summers of the professional program.

      • LSU undergraduate students may want to contact the College of Agriculture to inquire about the 3+1 program. Through this program, students who earn a seat in the LSU SVM following completion of the first three years of the Animal Sciences or Natural Resource Ecology and Management curricula (93 hrs) may receive the B.S. degree following the first year of the professional College of Agriculture for more information.)

 

ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION - In selecting the remaining required courses for admission to the professional program, applicants should consider the following:

      • All 46 credit hours listed above must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to desired matriculation. (I.E. - If applying for matriculation into the fall '12 must be successfully completed by the end of the spring '12 semester.)

      • New knowledge, especially in the sciences, is accruing at a rapid rate and records of students who have completed their pre-professional requirements several years prior to application will be carefully scrutinized.

      • Students who are enrolled at accredited institutions other than LSU must determine that courses taken conform in content and quality to descriptions contained in the latest issue of the LSU General Catalog, which can be accessed online or obtained for $3 per copy upon request from the LSU Office of Student Records & Registration, 112 Thomas Boyd Hall, LSU, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803. If there is a question as to the course equivalency of a course previously taken, please email admissions@vetmed.lsu.edu. Note that full transcript evaluations are only performed once the application cycle has begun.

      • At minimum, organic chemistry, one biology course - preferably microbiology w/lab, and one physics course MUST be completed within the last six years, and it is strongly advised that ALL required science courses be completed within six calendar years immediately prior to application. (For possible fall '12 matriculation, all science courses should be completed no further back than the fall '05 semester.)

      • Prerequisites taken longer than 10 years ago will typically not be accepted. Written appeals regarding this 10-year policy can be sent to the Director of Admissions at admissions@vetmed.lsu.edu.

      • Applicants may choose to re-take a course to better master the subject at any point. If a course that is more than six years old is retaken, the most recent grade will be used otherwise all of the grades/credits for that specific course will be used when computing grade point averages. (I.E. - If a "D" is earned in a BIOL 1202 course taken in 2006 and a "B" is earned in a subsequent BIOL 1202 course taken in 2008, a total of six credit hours and 12 quality points are calculated into the Required Course GPA.)

      • Credit earned through advanced standing and advanced placement exams is acceptable, but is not used in the computation of the grade-point average. Evaluation of the applicant’s record in the pre-professional program is made in accordance with LSU procedures. Credit is not granted for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) general examinations. Granting of credit for CLEP subject examinations may be considered in those subjects recommended by various departments of the University upon receipt of test scores indicating the student meets the minimum acceptable scores required by those departments.

      • A Bachelor's degree is not a requirement for acceptance into the LSU SVM's DVM program, although applicants are strongly encouraged to follow an undergraduate degree path in the event that entrance into the DVM program is not granted. Prerequisite course requirements are not waived in lieu of an earned undergraduate and/or graduate degree.

      • What is a competitive GPA for an applicant? While the minimum Required Course GPA for eligibility is a 3.00, just meeting the minimum GPA requirement will not make an applicant competitive. There is no minimum GRE score; however applicants should certainly have a score as close to the average as possible (obviously higher than the average is better). An applicant has to be competitive on a broad scale, as there are three objective areas and two subjective areas (for more qualified applicants) that are evaluated during the admissions process. Interested applicants should visit the "Previous Class Statistics" page to get a better idea of what the class averages are that it will take to be competitive in the applicant pool. It is also strongly advised that interested applicants also read through the "Applicant Selection Procedure" page.