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Required Preveterinary Medical Courses

Applicants must have completed 108 quarter units or 72 semester units at a college or university accredited by an agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education at time of matriculation and must have obtained a Bachelor Degree no later than the end of the spring term prior to matriculation. All required course work must include 12 quarter units of required English; 12 quarter units of humanities/social sciences; 4 quarter units of required statistics; and all required science prerequisites. Required courses do not have the same unit values at every college. If science courses are taken at California public colleges, always refer to the ASSIST Web site to review articulation information for the courses. If required science courses are taken at a private college or at a school outside California, send a copy of the course description and a link to the course description withing your college catalog to the Admissions Office for determination of articulation.

No articulation agreements exists for statistics, English, or humanities/social science courses. The School accepts ANY course in statistics (business, medical, psychology, etc.). There is no time limit on acceptance of required courses.  

The following courses are required if taken at UC Davis. Equivalent courses not identified through assist.org should match the descriptions below.

75 percent of required courses have been completed at time of application

ALL PREREQUISITE COURSES MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE SPRING TERM PRIOR TO MATRICULATION.

A. Lower Division Required Sciences

Quarter Units (Course units may vary on the semester system.)


CHEMISTRY (General Chemistry 2A) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Lecture 3 hours; laboratory/discussion 4 hours. Prerequisite: high school chemistry and physics
strongly recommended; satisfactory score on diagnostic examinations. Periodic table, stoichiometry,
chemical equations, physical properties and kinetic theory of gases, atomic and molecular
structure and chemical bonding. Laboratory experiments in stoichiometric relations, properties
and collection of gases, atomic spectroscopy, and introductory quantitative analysis.
(On the Davis campus, Chemistry 2AH may satisfy this requirement.)


CHEMISTRY (General Chemistry 2B). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Lecture 3 hours; laboratory/discussion 4 hours. Prerequisite: course 2A or 2AH. Continuation
of course 2A. Condensed phases and intermolecular forces, chemical thermodynamics, chemical
equilibria, acids and bases, solubility. Laboratory experiments in thermochemistry, equilibria,
and quantitative analysis using volumetric methods. (On the Davis campus, Chemistry 2BH may
satisfy this requirement.)


CHEMISTRY (General Chemistry 2C) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Lecture 3 hours; laboratory/discussion 4 hours. Prerequisite: course 2B or 2BH. Continuation
of course 2B. Kinetics, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, structure and bonding in transition metal
compounds, application of principles to chemical reactions. Laboratory experiments in selected
analytical methods and syntheses. (On the Davis campus, Chemistry 2CH may satisfy this
requirement.)


ORGANIC CHEMISTRY (Organic Chemistry 8A) Brief Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Lecture 2 hours. Prerequisite: course 2B with a grade of C- or higher. With course 8B, an
introduction to the nomenclature, structure, chemistry, and reaction mechanisms of organic
compounds. Intended for students majoring in areas other than organic chemistry.
(On the Davis campus, course Chemistry 118A may satisfy this requirement.)


ORGANIC CHEMISTRY (Organic Chemistry 8B) Brief Course. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: course 8A or 118A. Continuation of course
8A. Laboratory concerned primarily with organic laboratory techniques and the chemistry of
the common classes of organic compounds. (On the Davis campus, Chemistry 128ABC together
with 129A or 118ABC may also be used to meet the Organic Chemistry requirement.
A laboratory is required.)


PHYSICS (Principles of Physics 1A). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisite: trigonometry or consent of instructor. Mechanics. Introduction to
general principles and analytical methods used in physics with emphasis on applications in
applied agricultural and biological sciences and in physical education. Not open for credit to
students who have received credit for course 7B or 9A on the Davis campus.
(A laboratory is not required.)


PHYSICS (Principles of Physics 1B) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisite: course 1A or 9A. Continuation of course 1A. Heat, optics,
electricity, modern physics. Not open for credit to students who have received credit for course
7A, 7B, 7C, 9B, 9C or 9D on the Davis campus. (A laboratory is not required.)


BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (Introduction to Biology 2A: Essentials of Life on Earth). . . . . . . . . . . .4
Lecture 3 hours; discussion 1 hour. Essentials of life including sources and use of energy, information
storage, responsiveness to natural selection and cellularity. Origin of life and influence of living
things on the chemistry of Earth. Not open for credit to students who have completed Biological
Sciences 1A with a grade of C- or better.


BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (Introduction to Biology 2B: Principles of Ecology and Evolution) . . . . 5
Lecture 3 hours; laboratory 3 hours; discussion 1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1A or 2A. Introduction
to basic principles of ecology and evolutionary biology, focusing on the fundamental mechanisms
that generate and maintain biological diversity across scales ranging from molecules and genes
to global processes and patterns. Not open for credit to students who have completed Biological
Sciences 1B with a grade of C- or better. (A laboratory is required.)


BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (Introduction to Biology 2C: Biodiversity and the Tree of Life). . . . . . . 5
Lecture 4 hours; laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: course 1B or 2B. Introduction to organismal
diversity, using the phylogenetic tree of life as an organizing theme. Methods of phylogenetic
reconstruction, current knowledge of the tree of life, and the evolution of life’s most important
and interesting innovations. Not open for credit to students who have completed Biological
Sciences 1C with a grade of C- or better. (A laboratory is required.)


B. Upper Division Required Sciences

(Must be completed at a four-year college; may not be completed at a community college.)

GENETICS (Biological Sciences 101) Genes and Gene Expression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Lecture 4 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A and 1B or 2A, 2B and 2C (which may be
taken concurrently), and Chemistry 8B or 118B or 128B. Nucleic acid structure and function; gene
expression and its regulation; replication; transcription and translation; transmission genetics;
molecular evolution. (A laboratory is not required.)


BIOCHEMISTRY (Animal Biology 102) Animal Biochemistry & Metabolism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Lecture 4 hours; discussion 1 hour. Prerequisite: Chemistry 2A–2B, 8A–8B. Water and biological
buffers; thermodynamics of metabolism; structure and function of biomolecules; enzyme kinetics
and function; membrane biology; digestion and absorption; carbohydrate metabolism.
(Biological Sciences 103, Bioenergetics & Metabolism, will meet this requirement.
A laboratory is not required.)


PHYSIOLOGY (NPB 101) Systemic Physiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Lecture 5 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A or 2A, and Chemistry 2B; Physics 1B or 7C
are strongly recommended. Systemic physiology with emphasis on aspects of human physiology.
Functions of major organ systems, with the structure of those systems described as a basis for
understanding the functions. (A laboratory is not required.)


C. Additional Required Courses (Lower or Upper Division Courses)

ENGLISH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
A total of 12 quarter units (or 8 semester units) must be taken to meet this requirement.
One course must be in English composition. The composition requirement may also be met
by the English Advanced Placement Exam, if your score is three or higher. Other courses may
include lower- or upper-division composition, linguistics, communication, classics, English,
rhetoric, speech or literature. The Entry-Level Writing Exam may not be used to satisfy this requirement.


HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
This requirement may be met by selecting courses in a variety of areas. Some examples are
history, sociology, languages, music, art, psychology, American and ethnic studies,
anthropology and philosophy.


STATISTICS (Elementary Statistics). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Statistics 13 or 100, or other acceptable UC Davis statistics courses in agricultural business,
psychology, biology, etc., may be used to meet this requirement.