Requirements and Sample Schedules

The requirements below will prepare you to meet the admission requirements of Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine. However, minimally-prepared applicants will face strong competition from other applicants with more advanced college work.

Alternate major

The pre-veterinary program is not a major, so you must also declare a major. The total number of applicants to veterinary school exceeds the number of available places, so we encourage you to consider an alternative goal or major in which the courses below may be applied.


Veterinary schools accept applications until October 1 each year and admit students in the fall only. If you plan to attend Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, you should follow their timeline for the application process.

Purdue's required admission test is the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). If you have not taken the GRE, you should do so between July and September. Submit your scores directly to veterinary schools.

Other schools' requirements

Although much of the required course work may be the same for other veterinary schools, the minimum prerequisite course work may be somewhat different. You should contact schools in which you are interested for their specific pre-requisites.

If you plan to pursue admittance to Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, we strongly recommend that you consult:

Denise O. Ottinger, Director of Student Services
Purdue University
School of Veterinary Medicine
1240 Lynn Hall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1240
Phone: (765) 494-7893
Toll free number: 800-213-2859

Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine Pre-requisites and Ball State Equivalents.  To review complete course information, see the undergraduate catalog.

Content Area    Ball State Equivalents   Semesters   Credit Hours
English Composition ENG 103 and 104 2 6
Speech COMM 210 1 3
Chemistry, general w/lab CHEM 111 and CHEM 112 2 8 (or7)
Chemistry, organic w/lab CHEM 231 and CHEM 232
CHEM 231 and CHEM 225
2 8
Chemistry, biochemistry CHEM 360 or 463 and 464 1 or 2 4 (or 6)
Biology w/lab BIO 111 and BIO 112 2 8
Genetics w/lab BIO 214 - Genetics 1 4
Microbiology w/lab BIO  313 -
1 4
Animal Nutrition*** 1 3
Physics w/lab PHYCS 110 and PHYCS 112 2 8
Mathematics (calculus) MATH 161 and 162 2 6
Statistics MATH 181 or BIO 448 1 3
Humanities* 3 9
Concentrating... ** 1 3
Total credit hours 77

* Humanities electives include: English, communication, foreign language, psychology, philosophy, creative arts, education, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, and history. Courses in business writing and macroeconomics are highly recommended.

** Concentrating electives should be selected so as to provide thorough preparation in an area related to your Bachelor of Science program and professional career goals. Courses in personal computers, software, basic and comparative anatomy, physiology and nutrition, and general animal science are highly recommended.

*** Animal Nutrition is not offered at Ball State University. Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine recommends completion of their online course. Online courses in animal nutrition can also be taken through Oklahoma State University, Murray State University, and Colorado State University (two courses that are two hours each) among others. See Clare Chatot for details.

Department of Biology
Ball State University
Cooper Life Science Building, CL 121
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-8820
Fax: 765-285-8804