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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 UH Hilo 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)

View a listing of qualified General Education courses.

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

Title/Courses Credits
Basic General 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 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 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
Hawaiʻi 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 254 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 & Lab 4 hrs
BIOL 176-176L Introductory Biology II & Lab 4 hrs
BIOL 275-275L Fundamentals of Microbiology and Lab 4 hrs
BIOL 280 Biostatistics 3 hrs
BIOL 410 Biochemistry 3 hrs
CHEM 161-161L General Chemistry I and Lab 4 hrs
CHEM 162-162L 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 140X or
MATH 135 or
MATH 140 or
MATH 205 or
MATH 206
Precalculus Math or
Precalculus I: Elementary Functions or
Precalculus II: Trigonometry & Analytic Geometry or
Calculus I or
Calculus II
3/4 hrs
PHYS 106-170L College Physics I and Lab 4 hrs
PHYS 107-171L College Physics II and Lab 4 hrs
Electives (7-12 hrs Total)
See your advisor or visit the Health Professions Student Center for possible electives to help you qualify for pharmacy and medical programs.

Effective Fall 2016

Animal Science Specialty - Pre-Veterinary Medicine Track Curriculum Sheet