Program Description

The Pre-Veterinary Medicine program provides the first two years of core classes for students planning a career in veterinary medicine and is not a degree in itself. Coursework focuses on biology, chemistry, physics, animal science, mathematics and English. BSC recommends identifying an appropriate major early on, as well as the veterinary college(s) where a student plans to apply.


High school students interested in veterinary medicine should take as many science and math classes as possible.

Program Requirements

Those completing the suggested curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Science or Associate in Arts degree and are eligible to transfer to a four-year institution and/or veterinary college.

Most North Dakota residents prepare for admission to veterinary colleges in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, Washington, Oregon or California because of contractual, or Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE), admission agreements with these states. Pre-veterinary students, who are North Dakota residents, must register with the State Board of Higher Education (701-328-4114) in the year of their application to establish eligibility for contract seats with veterinary colleges. These contract seats allow accepted North Dakota residents to attend participating veterinary colleges for in-state tuition. Application for veterinary school can be completed on the Veterinary Medical College Application System (VMCAS) website at

Students should consult the catalog of the transfer school and modify BSC’s suggested curriculum where necessary. Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

The curriculum prepares students for admission to all veterinary colleges in the United States, Canada and selected foreign countries.



Deanna Solhjem • Jack Science Center 201D

Associate in Science

College degree requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits70
Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterCredits
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
ANSC 114 Introduction to Animal Sciences 1 2
ANSC 114L Introduction to Animal Sciences Lab 1 1
Math, Science & Technology  
MATH 104 Finite Mathematics 1 3
BIOL 150 General Biology I 3
BIOL 150L General Biology I Lab 1
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Lab 1
Spring Semester
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Lab 1
VETS 101 Introduction to Veterinary Science 2
Math, Science & Technology  
MATH 146 Applied Calculus I 1 3
BIOL 151 General Biology II 3
BIOL 151L General Biology II Lab 1
2nd Year
Fall Semester
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 241L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
PHYS 211 College Physics I 3
PHYS 211L College Physics I Lab 1
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science courses) 3
Spring Semester
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II 1 4
CHEM 242L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1 1
PHYS 212 College Physics II 1 3
PHYS 212L College Physics II Lab 1 1
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science courses) 3
 Total Credits70

By following the curricula outlined you can earn an Associate in Science (AS) or Associate in Arts (AA) degree before transferring; however, this is not a two-year Vet-Tech degree. It is important to identify an appropriate major early in your college career. There are several reasons for committing to a degree-granting program. Once a major is decided, the degree plan for that degree should be followed. Although the pre-veterinary medicine requirements can be met in three years, many veterinary colleges give extra consideration for a degree when you apply.