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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 work with a pre-veterinary advisor to prepare for enrollment in a DVM program.
Prerequisite courses do not need to be completed at LSU for admission into the DVM
program. 

 

All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior
to matriculation. (i.e., if applying for fall ’19 matriculation, all prerequisites
must be completed by the end of the spring ’19 semester, and the official transcript
with final grades must be submitted no later than June 14th.) Prerequisites taken
during the summer ’19 semester will NOT be accepted in the ’18-’19 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. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (“A” = 4.00) in these courses
is required for consideration for admission. All prerequisite coursework must be passed
with a “C” grade or better. (A “C-” is still considered an acceptable passing grade.)
Credit earned through advanced standing is acceptable, but is not used in the computation
of the grade-point average. 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. If there are any questions regarding equivalency of
courses, please contact the LSU SVM Student Affairs Office at  [email protected] ; Phone: 225-578-9538; Fax: 225-578-9546).

Regarding Foreign Coursework for Domestic or International Students – All prerequisite
coursework must be taken at an accredited institution within the United States or
Canada; courses from foreign institutions cannot be accepted.

* Biological Science             * Biochemistry              * English Composition
* General Chemistry             * Mathematics              * Speech Communications
* Organic Chemistry             * General Physics              * Elective Courses
               * Additional Course Info

 

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.

         — Or —   

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.

         — Or —   

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 level. No remedial math courses will be
accepted.  

         — Examples include —       

         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.
      
         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.

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.

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.

MATH 4056 – Mathematical Statistics (4) — Prereq.: MATH 3355. Statistical inference
including hypothesis testing, estimators, and goodness-of-fit. Analysis of time series
including moving-average, regression, autoregressive, and autoregressive-moving-average
models.

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.

         — Or —   

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.

         — ALONG WITH — 

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.

         — Or —   

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. * Online courses are NOT acceptable for this prerequisite. Additionally,
the speech communication requirement is not waived in lieu of work experience, earned
degrees or oral-intensive courses.

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

         — Or —   

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.

         — Or —  

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 DVM 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 AP 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 DVM program 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. (e.g. – If applying for matriculation into the fall
    ’19 must be successfully completed by the end of the spring ’19 semester.) Course requirements are not waived in lieu of work experience and/or earned degrees. All prerequisite coursework must be taken at an accredited institution within the
    United States or Canada; courses from foreign institutions cannot be accepted.
  • 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 [email protected] . 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. ( e.g. for possible fall ’18 matriculation, all science courses
    should be completed no further back than the fall ’12 semester.)
  • Prerequisites taken longer than 10 years ago may not be accepted. Written appeals
    regarding this 10-year policy can be sent to the Director of Admissions at [email protected] and are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • 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 2013 and a “B” is earned in a subsequent BIOL 1202 course taken in 2014, 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.
    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.
  • The minimum Required Course GPA for eligibility is a 3.00. An applicant has to be
    competitive on a broad scale, as there are three objective areas and two subjective
    areas  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.

 

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