Required Undergraduate Coursework

Course and TitleSemester Credit Hours RequiredUNL Course Equivalent**
English Composition
One year of composition or writing emphasis courses. May include business or technical writing. A Bachelor's degree counts for one-half of this requirement.
6 credits ENGL 150 or 151 or JGEN 120, 200 or 300 or any UNL ACE 1 course
Oral Communication
May include public speaking, interpersonal communication, group or organizational communication or speaking emphasis courses. A Bachelor's degree fulfills this requirement.
3 credits COMM 101, 109, 209, 283 or 286 or any UNL ACE 2 course
General Chemistry*
One year series (2 semesters or 3 quarters lecture) for biological science majors with one semester (2 quarters) lab.
7 credits CHEM 109 and CHEM 110
Organic Chemistry*
First semester of a two-semester series with lab (Organic Chemistry I with lab). Organic Chemistry II is no longer required.
4 credits CHEM 251 and CHEM 253
One semester (no lab required). Upper-level (junior or senior) course.
3 credits BIOC 401† or 431
First semester of a two-semester series with lab. Must include mechanics, fluids, heat and thermodynamics, vibrations, waves and sound. One semester physics overview courses will not fulfill this requirement.
4 credits PHYS 141
General Biology*
One year series with lab each term which includes both cellular and organismal biology. If a two semester series is not available, an organismal biology course with lab and a cellular biology course with lab will substitute. A Bachelor's degree in Biology also fulfills this requirement. Microbiology will not fulfill the cellular semester of this requirement.
8 credits LIFE 120/120L and LIFE 121/121L
Mendelian and/or molecular genetics (no lab required).
3 credits BIOS 206 or AGRO 215
Anatomy and/or Physiology*
(no lab required) Animal or human anatomy and physiology will fulfill this requirement but must cover all systems. Upper-level comparative anatomy or physiology or, upper-level vertebrate anatomy or physiology WILL fulfill this requirement. A single course in anatomy or physiology is recommended over an anatomy/physiology combined course. If you take an anatomy and/or physiology I course, you must also take the second course in order to fulfill the requirement.
3 credits ASCI 340 or BIOS 213 or 214 or VBMS 307
Arts, Humanities and/or Social Sciences
Skill courses such as music lessons of any type, art courses such as drawing & painting, foreign language courses where you are specifically learning the language, etc. do not fulfill this requirement.
6 credits
Electives 8 credits

*Science Requirement--These courses are used to calculate the required science GPA.
**Additional courses may fulfill these requirements. Please contact the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine office at 402-472-7306 or for further information.
†Prior to 8/25/2019 BIOC 321 will fulfill requirement.

All but two of the required science courses must be completed by the end of the fall term in which the applicant applies. Up to two required science courses may be taken the spring term prior to matriculation.  Other non-science required courses must be completed by the end of the spring term prior to matriculation.  All required coursework must be completed with a grade of "C'" (2.00) or better to fulfill the requirement.  A "C-minus" or lower is not acceptable.  Any required science course taken more than eight years ago may be subject to review and the applicant may be asked for further information or to repeat the course.

Required courses must be taken from an accredited college or university on a graded A-F basis.  No required course may be taken under the Pass/Not Pass or Satisfactory/Fail grading system or similar options.

All required coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or better to fulfill the requirement. In order to accommodate multiple institutions’ adaptations to grading as a result of COVID-19, coursework taken Pass/Fail in Spring or Summer of 2020 will also fulfill the requirement if completed with a grade of “Pass.”