Most students who are interested in Veterinary Medicine are also interested in Biology so the most common major for students who are applying to veterinary school is Biology and Biochemistry. To be admitted into veterinary school, students are not required to major in a “pre-vet program."
The curriculum in Biology offers an opportunity for students to understand the structures and processes that characterize life and to appreciate the tremendous diversity of living organisms. Course work is balanced among three scales of biological organization: Cell/Molecular, Physiology/Organismal, and Ecology/Evolution. An important component of the major is independent research that enables the student to become familiar with the process of science by investigating a specific biological problem in the laboratory or field.
Students majoring in Biochemistry will obtain a solid foundation in the molecular sciences at the intersection of chemistry and biology. Students will also learn how to use scientific literature information effectively.
The Chemistry Department is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and offers a program that leads to ACS certification upon graduation. Majoring in the Sciences offers a hands-on curriculum, rich in research opportunities and one-on-one student/faculty interactions.
Labs & Equipment
The Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry departments have well-equipped laboratory facilities housed with other departments in our new Center for Science and Business building. They hold the following major pieces of instrumentation and laboratory space:
- Animal Laboratory
- Lab for Zoology and Botany
- Cell/Genetics Lab
- Molecular Lab
- Griffin 450 GC-MS with X-Sorber
- Thermo/Nicolet Nexus FTIR
- Waters HPLC with dual wavelength detector
- Visocotek GPC with RI detector
- Thermo NanoDrop Spectrometry
- Anasazi EFT-60 NMR Spectrometry
- Varian Atomic Absorption
- Agilent UV-Vis Spectrometer with temperature controller
- Perkin Elmer Fluorescence
- BioRad Gel Doc200 Digital Imaging System
- Animal Behavior
- Emergency Care
Recent Pre-Veterinary Medicine Graduates
Wendy Thomas ’04
Mediapolis Veterinary Clinic
Sarah Nokes ’09
Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation
Devon Spencer ’03
Connecticut Valley Veterinary Associates