Online Bachelor of Science in Applied Biological Sciences – Preveterinary Medicine
Are you passionate about animal health and welfare? If so, this Bachelor of Science in applied biological sciences with a concentration in preveterinary medicine degree online may be the perfect fit for you. You’ll explore the anatomy and behavior of animals while also developing a strong understanding of biology and chemistry. This degree will prepare you for veterinary school and various careers working with animals.
Next start date: 10/12/2022
Total classes: 30
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What is pre-veterinary medicine?
Preveterinary medicine is an undergraduate degree concentration that prepares students for admission to veterinary school and a career in veterinary medicine or animal science.
At Arizona State University, our preveterinary medicine program is a concentration in our applied biological sciences degree. The program’s coursework provides a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, math and animal science. It also offers specialized courses in veterinary medicine and opportunities to gain clinical hours or animal experience through internships and study abroad programs.
The online pre-vet major includes several advanced lab courses. Most of the labs are online, but the two organic chemistry lab courses must be completed in person at ASU’s Tempe campus. The in-person labs are offered in a compressed one-week format over the summer.
What can I do with a preveterinary medicine degree concentration?
The Bachelor of Science in applied biological sciences with a concentration in preveterinary medicine degree online focuses on biology with an emphasis on animal behavior, anatomy and nutrition. You’ll have the opportunity to take classes exploring the field of veterinary medicine, ethical issues in biology, infectious diseases, comparative immunology and more. The preveterinary medicine concentration will help you develop the skills needed to effectively work with animals and use science to formulate solutions to various problems. These skills are important for many careers related to veterinary medicine, animal science and biology.
Will my pre-veterinary degree say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
Online pre-veterinary classes
This degree includes required courses in science, math and veterinary medicine. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete electives in various aspects of biology, animal science and leadership, allowing you to customize your coursework to match your career goals. Select key courses in the preveterinary medicine concentration are taught by practicing veterinarians. Featured courses in this program include:
ABS 271: Veterinary Medicine Today
ABS 355: Ecology and Adaptations of Vertebrates
ABS 378: Animal Nutrition
ABS 490: Applied Biological Sciences Seminar
BCH 361: Advanced Principles of Biochemistry
BIO 181: General Biology I (SQ)
BIO 182: General Biology II (SG)
BIO 340: General Genetics
Jobs for preveterinary medicine graduates
A central focus of this degree is preparing students for veterinary school and jobs in veterinary medicine. This program is also beneficial if you’re interested in animal-focused careers outside of veterinary medicine at state game and fish departments, zoos, animal shelters and animal nonprofit organizations. You’ll also be well-prepared to pursue an advanced degree in a related area such as animal science, natural resource management or other biology-focused fields. Career examples include, but are not limited to:
Apply to earn your degree in biological sciences with a concentration in preveterinary medicine
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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