You cannot use the required genetics course toward the lower or upper
division biology requirement. The required genetics course is a
separate requirement from biology.1
Yes, we do accept online and community college courses from an accepted
accredited institution. You can see the list of accreditations we
accept on the Prerequisite webpage
. Note that all community college courses cannot be applied to the upper division biology requirement.3
We require 6 semester hours (or 9 quarter hours) of upper division
biology taken within the last five years. Upper division courses are
300 or 3000 or above. Community colleges offer only lower division
courses, therefore, community college courses cannot be applied to the
upper division biology requirement.
Course numbering systems may vary at some 4 year institutions. Check
with your institution’s Registrar or academic advisor if you are unsure
whether your courses are upper division.
The only time limit is on upper division biology courses. Upper
division biology courses must be completed within the last five years.
Coursework fulfilling other prerequisite requirements may be older than 5
See the Prerequisite webpage
for details on what courses are required before applying and what courses are required before matriculation. 6
Students must request approval to use any of these courses toward the
prereqs. It is the student's responsibility to send in a course
syllabus for review. 7
Courses need to be related to the animal and medical sciences.
Therefore, examples of courses we do not accept toward the prerequisites
are ecology, biology of fishes, medical terminology, epidemiology,
ornithology, public health, and ethics. 8
Biochemistry courses may be used to fulfill the biology requirement.
Biochemistry may not fulfill both the biology and chemistry requirement.10
Nutrition courses offered in the biology department may be used toward
our biology prerequisite requirement. A nutrition course offered in a
nutrition, health science, or food science department may only be used
toward our biology prerequisites if the course requires an upper
division chemistry or biological science prerequisite course. Courses
offered in a biological sciences department are preferred.11
All courses offered in the health science department need approval to
use toward the biology requirement. It is the student's responsibility
to send in a course description for approval.12
Admissions is aware of many unusual course numbering systems. Yet, to
ensure that your upper division courses are appropriately noted and
applied to our requirement, email the Admissions department with a link
to the course catalog outlining the upper division policy at your
university or college.13
Please see the Prerequisite webpage
– Coursework taken outside the U.S. tab for details on courses taken abroad including study abroad. All of the science prerequisites must be completed at an accredited college or university in the United States.
Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services. 14
All of the prerequisites must be completed as prescribed on the website. All of the science prerequisites must be completed at an accredited college or university in the United States.
Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services. See the Prerequisite webpage
, Foreign Coursework section for more details. 15
We review your application one time once your application is complete
with your verified CASPA application. If your CASPA application has
been updated after verification, with courses required before applying,
you need to notify admissions that you have a revised CASPA application.
Transfer credit is not accepted. Applicants should be aware that all
courses in the program curriculum are required. There is not an option
for the curriculum to be accelerated. 17