Animal Science Specialty - Pre-Veterinary Medicine Track
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)
In the Agriscience and Supplemental Requirements, some of the required courses also qualify as General Education Requirements.
Basic General Requirements
|(18 hrs Total)|
ENG 100 or ENG 100T or ENG 100H or ESL 100 or ESL 100T
|Language Arts||3 hrs|
Area General Requirements
|(19 hrs Total)|
Two courses in different disciplines.
Two courses in different disciplines.
Two courses in different disciplines, including 1 credit hour of laboratory.
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.
|Hawaiʻi Pan-Pacific Requirement||3 hrs|
|Global and Community Citizenship||3 hrs|
Requirements for Major (including GE courses, 123 hrs)
|Agriscience Requirements||(37 hrs Total)|
|AG 230||Sustainable Agriculture||3 hrs|
|AG 375 or
|Introduction to Genetic Analysis or
|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
|Animal Science Production Courses:
|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|
||Organic Chemistry I and Lab||4 hrs|
||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
|Precalculus Math or
Precalculus I: Elementary Functions or
Precalculus II: Trigonometry & Analytic Geometry or
Calculus I or
|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