Pre-Health Advising - Veterinary Medicine


Veterinary Medicine Required Coursework

Below is common required coursework for applying to veterinary school and the appropriate UW Bothell courses that fulfill the requirement.  Admissions requirements are different at all veterinary schools and are subject to change without notice, so it is very important for all veterinary school applicants to carefully research the requirements for admission at all prospective veterinary schools early enough to address any deficiencies in preparation for admission to the schools of your choice.

  • 1 year General Chemistry, with labs (three quarters or two semesters)
  • 1 year Organic Chemistry, with labs (three quarters or two semesters)
  • 1 year General Biology, with labs (three quarters or two semesters)
  • 1 year Physics, with labs (three quarters or two semesters)
  • Genetics (one quarter or semester)
  • Biochemistry (one quarter or semester)
  • Statistics (one quarter or semester)
  • Calculus (one quarter or semester)
  • 1 year English Composition and/or English Literature (three quarters or two semesters)

UW Bothell Courses

Pre-Veterinary Worksheet

UW Bothell Pre-Health sciences flowchart

General Chemistry, with labs

  • B CHEM 143 (4), 144 (2) General Chemistry
  • B CHEM 153 (4), 154 (2) General Chemistry
  • B CHEM 163 (4), 164 (2) General Chemistry

Organic Chemistry, with labs

  • B CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry (4) Note: no lab in first quarter
  • B CHEM 238 Organic Chemistry (4), 241
  • B CHEM 239 Organic Chemistry (3), 242

General Biology, with labs

  • B BIO 180 Introductory Biology (5)
  • B BIO 200 Introductory Biology (5)
  • B BIO 220 Introductory Biology (5)

Physics, with labs (15) Choose one of the following two sequences:

Physics (non-Calculus based), with labs

  • B PHYS 114 (4), 117 (1) General Physics
  • B PHYS 115 (4), 118 (1) General Physics
  • B PHYS 116 (4), 119 (1) General Physics

Physics (Calculus-based) (includes labs)

  • B PHYS 121 Mechanics (5)
  • B PHYS 122 Electromagnetism & Oscillatory Motion (5)
  • B PHYS 123 Waves (5)


  • B BIO 364 Biochemistry I (5)
  • B BIO 365 Biochemistry II (5)


  • B BIO 360 Intro to Genetics (5)


  • ST MATH 124 Calculus I (5)

Statistics, Choose one of the following:

  • B BUS 215 Introduction to Business Statistics (5)
  • B HLTH 215 Statistics for Health Sciences (5)
  • BIS 215 Understanding Statistics (5)
  • STMATH 341 Introduction to Statistical Inference (5)

English Composition and Literature

Most veterinary schools require one year of English, but their specific English course requirements vary and you will need to make note of the specifics for the schools you choose once you decide where you will be applying. To meet the English requirement, choose three courses that cover topics in English language literature or writing. Note that writing courses that teach writing in the course of teaching another subject matter (called “writing across the curriculum”) are not accepted as English courses by all veterinary schools, so it is a good idea to stick to courses that teach English composition or English language literature to meet this requirement. At UW Bothell, these courses are found in Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) and in the First-Year & Pre-Major Program. At most other schools these courses will be found in the English Department. Representative UW Bothell courses are listed below:

Note: courses that meet UW Bothell’s composition requirement are listed with a C, and courses that meet VLPA or I&S requirements are also labeled.

First Year & Pre-Major Program

  • B WRIT 134 Interdisciplinary Writing (5) C
  • B WRIT 135 Research Writing (5) C

Social Sciences and Humanities

Many veterinary schools have a social sciences and humanities course requirement. Most courses that meet your Individuals and Societies graduation requirement (I&S) and Visual Literary and Performing Arts requirement (VLPA) are courses that will count for social sciences and humanities, though if you have any questions about this you should ask your advisor. Taking BIS 170 Introduction to Psychology is strongly encouraged to fulfill one of your Social Sciences requirements.

Some Potential Electives

  • BIS 380 Bioethics (5)
  • B BIO 351 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology I (5)
  • B BIO 352 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology II (5)