Prerequisite Courses for the DVM Program

All applicants, regardless of degree status, who apply for admission to the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine must complete the following biological and physical science prerequisite courses* at Auburn University or their equivalent courses at another institution.

See Determining Course Equivalency below if you did not attend Auburn University to match your courses with those at Auburn University.

*A C- or better is required of all prerequisite courses.

Courses Required by All Applicants

Auburn Biological and Physical Science Prerequisite Courses (37 semester hours)

Principles of Biology w/ Lab (8 semester hours)

  • BIOL 1020 Principles of Biology
  • BIOL 1021 Principles of Biology Lab
  • BIOL 1030 Organismal Biology
  • BIOL 1031 Organismal Biology Lab

Fundamentals of Chemistry w/ Lab (8 semester hours)

  • CHEM 1030 Fundamentals of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1031 Fundamentals of Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 1040 Fundamentals of Chemistry II
  • CHEM 1041 Fundamentals of Chemistry II Lab

Organic Chemistry w/ Lab (8 semester hours)

  • CHEM 2070 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 2071 Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 2080 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2081 Organic Chemistry II Lab

Physics (4 semester hours)

  • PHYS 1500 General Physics

Biochemistry (3 semester hours)

  • CHEM 3200 Principles of Biochemistry

Science Electives (minimum of 2 of the following for 6 semester hours)

  • ANSC 3400 Animal Nutrition
  • ANSC 3600 Reproductive Physiology
  • BIOL 3000 Genetics
  • BIOL 3010 Comparative Anatomy
  • BIOL 3200 Microbiology
  • BIOL 4000 Histology
  • BIOL 4100 Cell Biology
  • BIOL 5020 Embryology (Developmental Biology)
  • BIOL 5110 Parasitology
  • BIOL 5500 Immunology
  • BIOL 5600 Mammalian or Animal Physiology
  • PHYS 1510 Physics II

Required Core Courses for Applicants Without a 4-Year Degree

The following courses from the Auburn University Core Requirements are required of applicants who will not have a 4-year degree by June 15th. If you will have a 4-year degree by June 15th, the Auburn University Core Requirements will be considered complete with your bachelor’s degree.

RequirementSemester Hours
I. Written Composition6
II. Humanities and Fine Arts
Literature (3) *
Fine Arts (3) *
Humanities | Fine Arts Electives (6) *
III. History and Social/Behavioral Sciences
History (3) *
Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives (9) *
IV. Mathematics
Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry or Higher (3)

* A six-hour sequence is required in either literature or history. For example:

US History from 1649 – 1800
US History from 1800 – Present
English Literature from 1066 – 1500


English Literature from 1066 – 1500
English Literature from 1500 – 1600
US History from 1800 – Present

Humanities include literature, philosophy, religious studies, speech and foreign languages.

Fine arts include art, music, theater and dance with an emphasis on history and appreciation rather than performance.

Social/behavioral sciences include history, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology.

Determining Course Equivalency

For individuals who are completing prerequisite courses outside of Auburn University, you should visit the Office of the Registrar’s transfer site to see if your institution is listed on the Transfer Equivalency Chart. If your institution is listed, you will be able to match your institution’s courses to those at Auburn University. To use the chart:

  1. Open the Transfer Equivalency Chart on the Auburn University Transfer Credit webpage.
  2. Select the state where the institution is located. State select
  3. Select your institution* where you are completing prerequisite coursework. University select
  4. Match the prerequisite course* taken at your institution to the Auburn course in the transfer equivalency table. Course select
  5. Match the Auburn course from the transfer equivalency chart to the Auburn biological and physical science prerequisite courses for admission to Auburn University CVM DVM program.
    Course matching

* If your institution or course is not listed and you have specific questions about a specific prerequisite course, you should email a detailed course syllabus to Answers to whether courses meet a specific requirement will only be answered by email after receiving a detailed course syllabus and only if your institution is not listed on the Transfer Equivalency Chart on the Auburn University Transfer Credit webpage.