Animal Biology or Pre-veterinary Medicine Concentration

Animal Biology or Pre-Veterinary Concentration includes the core courses for animal science with focus on science. Students who complete this concentration may apply to veterinary college or graduate school. In addition, these students may pursue careers in nutrition, genetics, physiology, or the pharmaceutical industry.

Students interested to attend veterinary college must clarify all requirements with advisor or with the college to which they intend to apply.

For requirements to apply for admission into the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), visit the web pages for the College of Veterinary Medicine Future Student DVM Program.

 Course Descriptions

Department Requirements


All of the Following Courses

ANS 201 - Animal Products

  • Credits: 3
  • Not open to freshmen. Recommended Background: ANS 110
  • Semesters: Fall, Spring

ANS 425 - Principles of Biotechnology

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisites: (BS 161 or BS 181H or LB 145) and (CEM 143 or CEM 251)
  • Semesters: Spring

CEM 161 - Chemistry Laboratory I

  • Credits: 1
  • Prerequisites: (CEM 141 or concurrently) or (CEM 151 or concurrently) or (CEM 181H or concurrently) or (LB 171 or concurrently)
  • Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

CEM 252 - Organic Chemistry II

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisites: CEM 251. Not open to students with credit in CEM 352.
  • Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

CEM 255 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory

  • Credits: 2
  • Prerequisites: (CEM 252 or concurrently) and (CEM 161 or LB 171L or CEM 185H)
  • Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

BMB 401 - Comprehensive Biochemistry

  • Credits: 4
  • Prerequisites: CEM 252 or CEM 352. Not open to students with credit in BMB 461.
  • Recommended Background: BS 161 or BS 181H or LB 145
  • Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

BS 162 - Organisms and Populations

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisites: BS 161 or BS 181H or LB 145
  • Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

BS 172 - Organismal Biology Laboratory

  • Credits: 2
  • Prerequisites: (BS 162 or concurrently) or (BS 182H or concurrently)
  • Not open to students with credit in BS 192H or LB 144.
  • Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

TOTAL CREDITS 21


Seven Credits of the Following Courses

ANS 409 - Advancements in Reproduction

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisites: BS 161 or PSL 250
  • Semesters: Fall

ANS 413 - Non-Ruminant Nutrition

  • Credits: 4
  • Prerequisites: ANS 110 and ANS 313 and (STT 200 or STT 201 or STT 464). Not open to freshmen or sophomores.
  • Recommended Background: BMB 200 or BMB 401
  • Semesters: Fall

ANS 435 - Mammary Physiology

  • Credits: 4
  • Prerequisites: (BS 161 or LB 145 or BS 181H) and (ANS 313 and ANS 315). Not open to freshmen and not open to sophomores.
  • Semesters: Spring

ANS 483 - Ruminant Nutrition

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisites: ANS 313. Not open to freshmen and not open to sophomores.
  • Recommended Background: (ANS 315 or concurrently) and (BMB 200 or concurrently) or (BMB 401 or concurrently)
  • Semesters: Spring

TOTAL CREDITS 7 – 8


Eight Credits of the Following Courses

*Required for Admission to MSU Veterinary Medicine

ANS 305 - Applied Animal Behavior

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisites: BS 161 or LB 145 or BS 181H
  • Semesters: Spring

ANS 309 - Animal Health Management

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisites: ANS 110 and (BS 161 or LB 145 or BS 181H)
  • Semesters: Fall

ANS 407 - Food and Animal Toxicology

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisites: BS 161 or LB 145 or BS 181H
  • Not open to freshmen or sophomores.
  • Semesters: Fall

ANS 418 - Animal Agriculture and the Environment

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisites: (BS 161 or LB 145 or BS 181H) and (CEM 143 or CEM 251)
  • Recommended Background: CSS 210
  • Semesters: Fall

ANS 445 - Equine Exercise Physiology

  • Credits: 4
  • Recommended Background: ANS 313 and ANS 315
  • Semesters: Fall

ANS 455 - Avian Physiology

  • Credits: 4
  • Recommended Background: ANS 315
  • Semesters: Spring

*MMG 301 - Introductory Microbiology

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisites: (BS 161 or LB 145 or BS 181H) and (CEM 251 or concurrently) or (CEM 351 or concurrently) or (CEM 143 or concurrently)
  • Semesters: Fall, Spring

*MMG 302 - Intro Lab for General and Allied Health Microbiology

  • Credits: 1
  • Prerequisites: (MMG 201 or concurrently) or (MMG 301 or concurrently)
  • Semesters: Spring

*MMG 409 - Eukaryotic Cell Biology (See note 1**)

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisites: (BS 161 or LB 145 or BS 181H) and (BMB 401 or concurrently) or (BMB 462 or concurrently).
  • Semesters: Spring

PHM 450 - Introduction to Chemical Toxicology

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisites: BS 161 and BS 162 and CEM 251
  • Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

*PHY 231 - Introductory Physics I

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisites: MTH 114 or MTH 116 or MTH 124 or (MTH 132 or concurrently) or (MTH 152H or concurrently) or (LB 118 or concurrently)
  • Recommended Background: MTH 116
  • Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

*PHY 232 - Introductory Physics II

  • Credits: 3
    Prerequisites: PHY 183 or PHY 183B or PHY 193H or PHY 231 or PHY 231C or LB 273. Not open to students with credit in PHY 184 or PHY 184B or PHY 232 or PHY 294H or LB 274.
  • Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

*PHY 251 - Introductory Physics Lab I

  • Credits: 1
  • Prerequisites: (PHY 183 or concurrently) or (PHY 183B or concurrently) or (PHY 193H or concurrently) or (PHY 231 or concurrently) or (PHY 231C or concurrently). Recommended Background: MTH 103
  • Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

*PHY 252 - Introductory Physics Lab II

  • Credits: 1
  • Prerequisites: (PHY 251 or PHY 191 or LB 273) and (PHY 232 or concurrently) or (PHY 232C or concurrently) or (PHY 184 or concurrently) or (PHY 184B or concurrently) or (PHY 294H or concurrently)
  • Not open to students with credit in LB 274 or PHY 192.
  • Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

IBIO 313 - Animal Behavior

  • Credits: 3
  • BS 162 or LB 144 or BS 182H. Not open to freshmen.
  • Semesters: Spring, Summer

IBIO 341 - Fundamental Genetics

  • Credits: 4
  • Prerequisites: BS 161 or LB 145 or BS 181H. Can replace ANS 314.
  • Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

TOTAL CREDITS 8 – 15


One of the Following Experiential Courses

ANS 492 - Undergraduate Research

  • Credits: 3
  • Open to juniors or seniors in the Animal Science Major. Department approval of research required.
  • Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

ANS 493 - Professional Internship

  • Credits: 3
  • Open to juniors or seniors in the Animal Science Major. Department approval of internship required.
  • Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

ANS 300A, C, D, E - Advanced Judging Course

  • Credits: 2-6
  • Prerequisites: Corresponding 200-level Introductory Judging Course.
  • Semesters: Fall

Study Abroad

  • Credits: 3-6
  • See the Office of Study Abroad website for program opportunities or meet with your Animal Science Advisor.
  • Semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer

TOTAL CREDITS 3 – 6


 

**Note 1: The following Animal Science courses have been approved to replace MMG 409 for admission to MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine: ANS 435, ANS 445, ANS 455 and ANS 409.

For other non-Animal Science courses, consult the pre-vet academic requirements website.**


 

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Please note: ANS majors must also complete Core Courses requirements along with their selected concentration.