Northern Kentucky University

Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Although Kentucky does not have a school of veterinary medicine, a limited number of students who are residents of Kentucky are selected to enter training in veterinary medicine at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., and Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala. It is sometimes possible to enter veterinary school with three years of study at NKU. However, because many more students apply to veterinary schools than are accepted, it is strongly advised that all pre-vet students plan their curricula in such a way that the addition of a fourth year of coursework will satisfy NKU’s requirements for the bachelor’s degree, usually in biological sciences or chemistry. To design a four-year curriculum that fulfills the pre-veterinary requirements and the requirements for a bachelor’s degree, interested students should work closely with their advisors.


Pre-veterinary students typically follow degree tracks for biological sciences (cellular/molecular/genetics track) or chemistry (biochemistry track), but any track will work as long as the veterinary entry requirements are met. It is recommended that non-science majors complete several electives at the 300/400/500 level in biology, chemistry or related disciplines to their degree programs. Program requirements for veterinary medicine generally include:

  • One year of biology with labs plus two additional semesters of biology courses from a list of alternatives.
  • One year of inorganic/general chemistry with labs.
  • One year of organic chemistry with labs.
  • One year of physics with labs.
  • One year of English/composition courses (discipline-specific 291W courses are accepted).
  • One semester of mathematics.
  • One semester of biochemistry plus one semester of animal nutrition.
  • Humanities, fine arts, social, and behavioral electives.

AP credit

AP credit is treated differently by specific veterinary programs regardless of how the credit is treated by NKU. Students who have AP credit and who wish to attend professional programs should work closely with their advisors.

First-year plan

Because students can pursue any degree program to prepare for veterinary school, only the first year of recommended study is shown below. To see four-year plans in particular areas (such as biological sciences or chemistry), please see those particular degree programs.


Fall Semester

CHE 120/120L

General Chemistry I with Laboratory


MAT 129

Calculus I



-- OR --


MAT 112

Applied Calculus (biology only)


Gen Ed

Written Communication


BIO 150/150L

Introduction to Biology I with Laboratory




Spring Semester

CHE 121/121L

General Chemistry II with Laboratory


MAT 229

Calculus II (chemistry)



-- OR --


STA 205

Introduction to Statistical Methods (biology)


Gen Ed

Oral Communication


BIO 151/151L

Introduction to Biology II with Laboratory




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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

The Catalog

Catalog Changes

University Accreditation

Employment and Earnings of Kentucky College Graduates

About NKU

Program Offerings

Admissions and Enrollment

International Admissions and Enrollment

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Academic Program Opportunities

University Policies and Procedures

Academic Support

Student Engagement

General Education

College of Arts and Sciences

Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business

College of Education and Human Services

College of Health Professions

College of Informatics

Pre-Professional and Interdisciplinary Programs

Course Descriptions

Course Description Notes

Accounting Courses (ACC)

Anthropology Courses (ANT)

Arabic Courses (ARI)

Art Courses (ART)

Astronomy Courses (AST)

Athletic Training Program Courses (ATP)

Biological Sciences Courses (BIO)

Business Informatics Courses (BIS)

Black Studies Courses (BLS)

Business Courses (BUS)

College of Arts and Sciences Courses (CAS)

Cooperative Education Courses (CEP)

Chemistry Courses (CHE)

Chinese Courses (CHI)

Cinema Studies Courses (CIN)

Computer Information Technology Courses (CIT)

Construction Management Courses (CMGT)

Communication Studies Courses (CMST)

Communication Courses (COM)

Counseling Courses (COU)

Computer Science Courses (CSC)

Career and Technical Education Courses (CTE)

Dance Courses (DAN)

Data Science Courses (DSC)

Economics Courses (ECO)

Education – Special Education Courses (EDS)

Education Courses (EDU)

Engineering Technology Courses (EGT)

Electronic Media and Broadcasting Courses (EMB)

English Courses (ENG)

English Developmental Courses (ENGD)

Entrepreneurship Courses (ENTP)

Environmental Science Courses (ENV)

Finance Courses (FIN)

Financial Literacy Courses (FLC)

French Courses (FRE)

Geography Courses (GEO)

German Courses (GER)

Geology Courses (GLY)

Health Education Courses (HEA)

Health Informatics Courses (HIN)

History Courses (HIS)

Honors Courses (HNR)

Human Resource Management Courses (HRM)

Health Science Courses (HSC)

Human Services/Mental Health Courses (HSR)

Informatics Courses (INF)

International Programs Courses (INTL)

Integrative Studies Courses (IST)

Italian Courses (ITA)

Journalism Courses (JOU)

Japanese Courses (JPN)

Criminal Justice Courses (JUS)

Kinesiology Courses (KIN)

Korean Courses (KOR)

Learning Assistance Program Courses (LAP)

Latin Courses (LAT)

Organizational Leadership Courses (LDR)

Library Informatics Courses (LIN)

Developmental Mathematics Courses (MAHD)

Mathematics Courses (MAT)

Medieval Studies Courses (MDS)

Management Courses (MGT)

Media Informatics Courses (MIN)

Marketing Courses (MKT)

Military Science Courses (MSC)

Music Courses (MUS)

Neuroscience Courses (NEU)

Nursing Registered Professional Courses (NRP)

Nursing Baccalaureate Courses (NRS)

Public Administration Courses (PAD)

Physical Education Courses (PHE)

Philosophy Courses (PHI)

Physics Courses (PHY)

Popular Culture Courses (POP)

Public Relations Courses (PRE)

Political Science Courses (PSC)

Psychology Courses (PSY)

Radiologic Science Courses (RAD)

Reading Workshop Courses (RDG)

Religious Studies Courses (REL)

Respiratory Care Courses (RSP)

Russian Courses (RUS)

Integrated Sciences Courses (SCI)

Sociology Courses (SOC)

Sports Business Courses (SPB)

Spanish Courses (SPI)

Statistics Courses (STA)

Social Work Courses (SWK)

Theatre Courses (TAR)

University Programs Courses (UNV)

Women's and Gender Studies Courses (WGS)

World Languages Courses (WLL)

University Administration


Emeritus Faculty


Kentucky Residency