Associate in Science Degree (0002) - Pre-Veterinary Medicine Pre-Major

Students who plan to earn an Associate in Science degree, transfer to a four-year college or university, then continue on to a school of veterinary medicine should follow the steps listed below. It is strongly recommended that you confer with a SWIC academic advisor prior to enrolling each semester and familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of the four year institution where you plan to transfer.

  1. Fulfill the General Education and other institutional requirements for the Associate in Science degree listed in the printed or online College Catalog. General Education course preferences may vary by transfer institution.
  2. As you fulfill your degree requirements, it is strongly recommended that you take the following classes:
    AGRI 111 – Animal Science
    BIOL 101 – Principles of Biology I
    BIOL 102 – Principles of Biology II
    CHEM 105 – General Chemistry I
    CHEM 106 – General Chemistry II
    CHEM 201 – Organic Chemistry I
    CHEM 202 – Organic Chemistry II
  3. Most veterinary schools will accept the following classes for credit towards meeting admission requirements
    MATH 191 – Introduction to Statistics
    PHYS 151 – College Physics I
    PHYS 152 – College Physics II
  4. The optional courses listed below may be applicable toward admission to veterinary schools. Please keep in mind that most transfer institutions limit the number of credit hours taken within a student’s major field of study at the community college level. To ensure the acceptance of such courses toward your intended major, check with the four-year institution where you are transferring or a SWIC academic advisor regarding their applicability.
    BIOL 204 – Vertebrate Zoology
    BIOL 270 – Genetics
    MATH 203 – Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
  5. Fulfill all other Associate in Science degree requirements listed in the printed or online College Catalog.
  6. Apply for graduation by the date published in the college calendar.
  7. Earn at least 64 transferable credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 to graduate from SWIC. Many transfer institutions require a higher GPA for admission to the institution and/or specific majors.

Note: Enrollment in many transfer classes is based on your score on the assessment placement test and/or your fulfillment of course prerequisites.