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Essential Courses


Course # Title Credit Hours Prerequisites
BI 105 Biological Diversity and Ecology 3 None
BI 121 Biology Lab I 1 BI 105 (corequisite)
BI 106 Structure and Function of Cells and Organisms 3 BI 105 and CH 105
BI 122 Biology Lab II 1 BI 105 and BI 121 (prerequisites)
CH 105 Organic Chemistry Concepts I 3 None
CH 116 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1 CH 106 (corequisite)
CH 106 Organic Chemistry Concepts II 3 CH 105 (with C or better)
CH 118 Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 CH 106
CH 232 Intro to Inorganic Chemistry 4 CH 105 and CH 116
CH 250 Analytical Chemistry 4 CH 232
PC 200 General Physics I 3 PC 206 (corequisite)
PC 202 Introductory Physics I 3 MA 130, MA 230 and PC 206 (corequisites)
PC 206 Physics Lab I 1 PC 200 or PC 202 (corequisite)
PC 201 General Physics II 3 PC 200; PC 207 (corequisite)
PC 203 Introductory Physics II 3 PC 202 and MA 130; PC 207 (corequisite)
PC 207 Physics Lab II 1 PC 201 or PC 203 (corequisite)
BI 207 Dynamics Of Biological Processes 4 BI 106, CH 106, CH 232
CH 301 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I 3 BI 207 and CH 250
BI 305 Biostatistics* 4 BI 106 or EES 100
BI 316 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology II 3 BI 207 and CH 301
MA 130 Calculus I 4 None
EN___ English Course (in addition to CWS) 3 Varies

*MA 220 Introduction to Probability and Statistics is an acceptable substitute but NOT ND.SS 214 Stats for Social Sciences

Important Notes:

  1. These courses reflect most but not all program requirements for veterinary schools in the U.S. Check the specific schools that you are considering. Strongly recommend physiology, genetics, psychology/behavioral sciences. Also recommend comparative anatomy, vertebrate zoology, comparative animal behavior, environmental science, developmental biology, immunology, invertebrate zoology, statistics, foreign language (especially Spanish), sociology, ecology, evolution, economics, accounting and business courses, communication courses, and ethics.
  2. This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE in consultation with your advisor.
  3. Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee, preferably Dr. Darwin Kysor or Dr. Kathleen Jones.
  4. In addition to your course work you are urged to gain some experience in veterinary medicine either during the school year or over the summer.

Competitive credentials: Science and overall GPA of 3.5 or better; GRE scores in the 70th percentile.
Note: Take admission exams no later than October of the senior year

Helpful websites:
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges -
American Veterinary Medical Association -

Comprehensive resource site through the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association-

List of all prevet requirements

VMCAS Facebook-

General Information:


Bolded courses are offered only in the indicated semester and/or require a specific sequence due to Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken.

Freshman Year BI 105 Biology II Lab
Biology Lab I Organic Chemistry Concepts II (if C or better in OCC I)
Organic Chem Concepts I Organic Chem Lab I
  Calculus I (any semester)
Sophomore Year BI 106 Analytical Chemistry
  Intro to Inorganic Chem BI 207
Organic Chem Lab II  
English course  
Junior Year Physics I and Lab Physics II and Lab
  Biostatistics Biochemistry & Molecular Biology II
  Biochemistry & Molecular Biology I  
  GRE Exam Preparation* GRE Exam Preparation

*Both semesters of the year that you plan to take the exam.

If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing.  Also if you have a Biology POE and will not have BI 207 by the time you go abroad, check with the Biology Department to see if there is a Cell and Molecular course you can take abroad that will enable you to take upper level biology offerings at Juniata your senior year that require BI 207 (ex. Physiology, Immunology, and Microbiology)

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here.  For example, if you have a Biology POE, you will need to take Freshman seminar the spring of your freshman year,  Frontiers of Biology the fall of your sophomore year, and Biology 207 at your earliest opportunity after completing Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry.