Animal Science Specialty - Pre-Veterinary Medicine Track

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General Information

The undergraduate Animal Science specialty at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has existed since 1975. In 1990, The Animal Science Pre-Veterinary Medicine curriculum was developed for students interested in pursuing post-graduate studies in Veterinary Medicine or Animal Science. CAFNRM has small class sizes which allows for more faculty-student interaction and individual attention. Animal Science classes are both technical and practical. To help translate classroom instruction into real life situations, hands-on exercises are practiced during most lab periods at the 110-acre farm with cattle, sheep, horses, goats, and swine.

Animal Science Pre-Veterinary Medicine students are required to take many of the same courses as Biology students. Because of this, it is possible for students to receive a B.S. in Agriculture and a B.S. in Biology. Another feature of this curriculum is that it meets the entrance course requirements of many Veterinary Colleges and graduate Animal Science programs. Students that enter these post-graduate programs are pursuing degrees in Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) or Animal Science (M.S., Ph.D.).

Why Study Pre-Veterinary Medicine?

This premier Pre-Veterinary Medicine curriculum meets the pre-professional course of many veterinary schools in the U.S.: i.e., Colorado State University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, Oregon State University, Washington State University. With a D.V.M. degree, a wide range of employment opportunities exist such as private veterinary practice, representative for drug and pharmaceutical companies, university teaching and research, federal inspection, governmental research, animal care. After completing a M.S. or PH.D. degree in Animal Science, graduates can take positions as geneticists, meat scientists, nutritionists, researchers, teachers, technicians or extension livestock agents

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will achieve a working knowledge of biology, chemistry, and mathematics as a foundation for further studies.
  • Students will achieve a basic understanding in the different animal science disciplines and be able to apply this knowledge to effectively manage and care for livestock.
  • Students will have experiential learning opportunities with farm animals through routine hands-on laboratories held at the UHH Agricultural Farm Laboratory. When available, field trips to local farms and ranches will also provide learning opportunities with farm animals. Students will gain hands-on experience with livestock to help enhance their competitiveness in future studies and careers.
  • Students will use and refine their communication skills in various classes.
  • Students will develop and apply their computer skills to agricultural examples.

Requirements for Graduation

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with a specialization in Animal Science - Pre-Veterinary Medicine, a student must complete a minimum of 123 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. The course work must be in the following areas:

General Education Requirements (46 to 52 hrs)
(see for a listing of qualified courses)

In the Agriscience and Supplemental Requirements, some of the required courses also qualify as General Education Requirements.

Title/Courses Credits
Basic General Education Requirements
(18 hrs Total)
English Composition
Eng 100 or Eng 100T or Eng 100H or ESL 100 or ESL 100T
3 hrs
Language Arts 3 hrs

Quantitative Reasoning

Two courses

6 hrs
World Cultures
Two courses
6 hrs
Area General Education Requirements (19 hrs Total)
Two courses in different disciplines.
6 hrs
Social Sciences
Two courses in different disciplines.
6 hrs
Natural Sciences
Two courses in different disciplines, including 1 credit hour of laboratory.
7 hrs
Integrative General Education Requirements (9-15 hrs Total)

Writing Intensive Requirement

Three courses designated "WI", one of which must be numbered 300 or above.

Transfer students, after an official transfer credit evaluation, may be required to take less than 3 courses.

3-9 hrs
Hawai`i Pan-Pacific Requirement 3 hrs
Global and Community Citizenship 3 hrs

Requirements for Major (including GE courses, 123 hrs)

Course Title Credits
Agriscience Requirements (37 hrs Total)
Ag 230+
Sustainable Agriculture 3 hrs

Ag 375 or

Biol 466

Introduction to Genetic Analysis or


3 hrs
Ag 496 Senior Seminar 1 hr
AgBu 110* Microcomputing for Agriculture 3 hrs
AnSc 141
Introduction to Animal Science 3 hrs
AnSc 244 Fundamentals of Animal Nutrition 3 hrs
AnSc 321 Feeds and Feeding 3 hrs
AnSc 350 Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals 3 hrs
AnSc 445 Animal Breeding and Genetics
3 hrs
AnSc 450 Reproduction of Farm Animals 3 hrs

AnSc 342 or

AnSc 351 or

AnSc 353 or

AnSc 355

Animal Science Production Courses:

Three Courses

9 hrs
Supplemental Requirements (48-49 hrs Total)
Biol 175-175L Introductory Biology I and Lab 4 hrs
Biol 176-176L Introductory Biology II and Lab 4 hrs
Biol 275+ -275L* Fundamentals of Microbiology and Lab 4 hrs
Biol 280 Biostatistics 3 hrs
Biol 410 Biochemistry 3 hrs
Chem 124*-124L* General Chemistry I and Lab 4 hrs
Chem 125*-125L* General Chemistry II and Lab 4 hrs
Chem 241-241L* Organic Chemistry I and Lab 4 hrs
Chem 242-242L* Organic Chemistry II and Lab 4 hrs
Eng 225* WI/Writing for Science and Technology 3 hrs
Math 104* or
Math 104F* or
Math 104G* or
Math 205* or
Math 206*
Precalculus Mathematics or
Precalculus I: Elementary Functions or
Precalculus II: Trigonometry & Analytic Geometry or
Calculus I or
Calculus II
3/4 hrs
Phys 106-Phys 170L College Physics I and Lab 4 hrs
Phys 107-Phys 171L College Physics II and Lab 4 hrs
Electives (7-12 hrs Total)
See your advisor for possible electives to help you qualify for pharmacy and medical programs.

*Can be used for Basic General Education OR Area General Education OR Integrative Requirements.

+Can be used for Basic General Education OR Area General Education AND Integrative Requirements.

Effective Fall 2011

Animal Science Specialty - Pre-Veterinary Medicine Track Curriculum Sheet