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Pre-Veterinary and Graduate School Prerequisites

Undergraduate Certificate

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Pre-vet courses

Coursework that prepares you

for Veterinary School!

The Undergraduate Certificate in Pre-Veterinary and Graduate School Prerequisites has been designed in consultation with the VMCAS program pre-requisite guide. Students should understand that individual veterinary medicine programs still vary in their individual pre-requisite requirements. Students are responsible for identifying the pre-requisites for the veterinary program(s) they wish to apply to. Whenever possible, Unity College will try to assist students with fulfilling the pre-requisites for their intended program(s). 

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Program Core

  • CHEM 101 Chemistry I

    This course covers the fundamentals of chemistry, with an emphasis on modern and applied chemistry of atomic and molecular matter. Specific emphasis will be on atomic theory, bonding, nomenclature, stoichiometry, molecular structure and reactivity, orbitals and electron configurations, the periodic table, intermolecular forces, aqueous solutions, and basic chemical reactions.

  • CHEM 102 Chemistry I Laboratory

    This course includes the laboratory experiences focused on chemistry to accompany CHEM 101.

  • CHEM 103 Chemistry II

    This course is an introduction to chemical balance, equilibrium, and change. Topics covered include general equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, colligative properties, chemical kinetics, and thermodynamics, including entropy and enthalpy. Additional work will focus on gasses, gas properties, and electrochemistry, and build from the topics covered in CHEM 101.

  • CHEM 104 Chemistry II Laboratory

    This course includes the laboratory experiences focused on chemistry to accompany CHEM 103.

Complete 16 credits from the following:

  • BIOL 310 Microbiology

    This course focuses on the diversity of microorganisms found throughout the earth, with a particular focus on their taxonomy, ecology, and evolutionary relationships. Not only the source for many of the serious animal diseases, microorganisms serve many ecological roles in nature. Fundamental topics exploring these roles and the impact of microorganisms on animal health and welfare will be nutrient cycling, genetic diversity, food production, and biotechnological applications. Students will additionally be exposed to the variety of processes and techniques related to assessing microbial communities and their diversity.

  • BIOL 315 Cell Biology

    This course is an in-depth exploration into the biology of cells of higher organisms. As the fundamental unit of life, cells play an integral role into the functioning of tissues, organs, and ultimately organisms. The topics in this course will be underpinned by an understanding of cellular structure and functioning, with particular emphasis placed on membrane and organelle formation, growth and transformation, transport and communication, and ultimately reproduction, with a brief exploration into the dysfunction and treatment of cellular abnormalities and cancers. Students in this course will additionally become familiar with the methods used for the observation and assessment of cells in laboratories.

  • CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I

    This course focuses on the chemistry of organic molecules. Starting with an overview of the diversity of carbon compounds, topics include organic molecular reactions, shapes and structures of molecules, and the spectroscopic identification of organic molecules.

    Additional work will examine the processes involved in synthesizing molecules, techniques used in determining molecular structure, and the application of organic chemistry to environmental issues.

    Prerequisites: CHEM 101 and CHEM 103

  • CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

    Throughout this course, students will become acquainted with multiple veterinary medical concepts, medical terms and scientific principles. Using an approach based on word derivation and combination, students will learn the names and etymology of various animal ailments and diseases, tests used in the analyses of diseases, as well as the treatments and therapeutic techniques used in alleviation and cure of animal health issues. This course will provide students interested in the veterinary medical fields a ground-up and comprehensive understanding of the complex language of veterinary terminology to be productive in a variety of current or future work environments and help understand more advanced veterinary fields.

     

  • CHEM 203 Organic Chemistry II

    This course is a continuation of the concepts covered in CHEM 201, with a particular emphasis on reaction chemistry and the mechanisms of reactions. Specific topics will include use of NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, electronic structure, and bonding in carbonyl compounds. Additional work will be focused on determining the patters of reactivity in conjugated and aromatic molecules, carbonyl compounds, and biologically important molecules such as carbohydrates and amino acids.

  • CHEM 204 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

    This course includes the laboratory experience focused on organic chemistry to accompany CHEM 203.

  • CHEM 301 Biochemistry

    This course is an exploration into the link between biology and chemistry and provides an in depth analysis of the structure and function of biomolecules, including their metabolism and regulation. Topics in areas such as bioenergetics and enzymology will provide the basis to understand major challenges to facing biological systems and organisms, including their pathologies, nutrition, and toxicology. Additional work will focus on using an understanding of biological molecules and their associated processes to analyze an environmental issue facing organisms.

  • CHEM 302 Biochemistry Laboratory

    This course includes the laboratory experience focused on biomolecular functioning, metabolism, and regulation meant to accompany CHEM 301.

  • MATH 215 Calculus

    This course is focused on functions and calculus computations. Students will use limits, derivatives, and integrals to analyze and describe the behavior of functions. Students will use these tools to solve application problems in a variety of settings, including the biological theorem of calculus, extremum problems, curve-sketching, and the utility of derivatives in mathematical problems.

  • PHYS 201 Physics I

    This course is designed to enhance your understanding of fundamental physical principles and phenomena through the study of mechanical motion and thermodynamics. Topics in this course include the three laws of thermodynamics, work and energy, heat transfer, kinematics, Newton’s three laws of motion, momentum, and periodic and circular motion. Students will explore these topics and solve a wide array of physical problems using a background in basic algebra.

  • PHYS 202 Physics I Laboratory

    This course includes the laboratory experience focused on mechanics and thermal physics meant to accompany PHYS 201.

  • PHYS 203 Physics II

    This course is designed to enhance your understanding of fundamental physical principles and phenomena through the study of electricity, magnetism, and light. Topics in this course include Coulomb’s and Faraday’s laws, electricity, magnetic fields and circuits, and electric potential. Additional exploration will include the relationship between electromagnetism and light, light waves, and geometric optics, lenses, and mirrors. Students will explore these topics and solve a wide array of physical problems using a background in basic algebra.

  • PHYS 204 Physics II Laboratory

    This course includes the laboratory experiences focused on electricity, magnetism, and light meant to accompany PHYS 201.

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