The Nebraska Pre-Veterinary Medicine program (PVET) is designed for students who want to become veterinarians. The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, or its equivalent, must be earned to become a veterinarian. Students wishing to earn the DVM degree must first successfully complete the undergraduate Pre-Veterinary Medicine program to qualify for admission to a veterinary school that awards the DVM degree.

The Nebraska PVET program can help students qualify for admission to any of the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA-COE) accredited veterinary schools which offer the DVM degree or its equivalent. Students completing our PVET program do not earn baccalaureate degrees nor are they guaranteed admission to any veterinary school.

There are three general PVET requirements for admission to veterinary schools:

  • academic
  • career exploration
  • leadership development

Applicants are assessed in each of those areas during the application process.

Academic requirements include specific undergraduate courses that must be successfully completed, and course and cumulative grade point averages (GPAs). The specific courses included in a PVET program are specified by each of the veterinary schools. There is not a standard curriculum, so each veterinary school publishes its PVET course requirements. The undergraduate courses included in our PVET program are those for the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine (PPVM), however, our PVET program can be modified so that a student can qualify academically for admission to any AVMA-COE accredited veterinary school. The PVET course requirements for other veterinary schools may be found on those schools’ websites. A list of AVMA-accredited veterinary school may be obtained on the AVMA website at

Veterinary schools require that their applicants attain a minimum cumulative GPA to be considered for admission. The PPVM requires a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.50 for application consideration. Minimum cum GPA requirements for other veterinary schools may be found on their respective websites.

The veterinary medical career exploration requirement is intended to help PVET students to learn what veterinarians do professionally and that is usually done by working in a veterinary clinic in either a paid or unpaid status. Students may also explore other aspects of veterinary medicine, including government service, academic or industrial research, or military service. It is recommended that students develop a professional relationship with a veterinarian so that veterinarian may write a good letter of recommendation in support of that student's application to veterinary school.

As stated previously, completion of the PVET program does not earn the student a baccalaureate degree. We recommend that students wishing to become veterinarians start as a PVET major so they can take every advantage of our PVET advising program. Our PVET advisors will help their advisees reach their academic and career goals. We strongly recommend that PVET students declare a degree-granting major, such as Veterinary Science, Animal Science, Fisheries & Wildlife, or Biochemistry, and pursue a baccalaureate degree while completing the PVET requirements. A particular baccalaureate degree does not provide any advantage over other majors for admission to a veterinary school. The student may choose any baccalaureate program that is of interest to the student.

Expect to spend 2-3 years completing the PVET program. If the student is not prepared to start the science-intensive PVET program, its completion will take longer. Adequate preparation includes math proficiency, as indicated by the Nebraska Math Proficiency Examination (MPE). Students who do not place into at least MATH 102 Trigonometry may take longer to complete the PVET program and baccalaureate degree.

Additional requirements for the pre-vet program:

  • Pass/No Pass credits are not accepted. Pre-Vet courses must be taken for a grade, unless the course is only offered Pass/No Pass.
  • A grade of C or better is necessary to fulfill the pre-vet requirement. If a course is repeated to obtain a higher grade or to earn a grade of C or better, some professional programs may consider the average of all grades earned for that course. Other programs may consider the highest grade or the most recent grade. Check the policy of each veterinary school to which application is to be made.
  • The acceptability of AP, CLEP, or IB earned credits varies by veterinary school. It is important for each student to check the policies of the veterinary school to which application is to be made.

College Requirements

College Admission

Requirements for admission into the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) are consistent with general University admission requirements (one unit equals one high school year): 4 units of English, 4 units of mathematics, 3 units of natural sciences, 3 units of social studies, and 2 units of foreign language. Students must also meet performance requirements (ACT composite of 20 or higher OR combined SAT score of 950 or higher OR rank in the top one-half of graduating class; transfer students must have a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average and 2.0 on the most recent term of attendance. For students entering the PGA Golf Management degree program, a certified golf handicap of 12 or better (e.g., USGA handicap card) or written ability (MS Word file) equivalent to a 12 or better handicap by a PGA professional or high school golf coach is required. For more information, please visit:

Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies

Students who are admitted to CASNR with core course deficiencies must remove these deficiencies within the first 30 credit hours at UNL, or within the first calendar year at UNL, whichever takes longer, excluding foreign languages. Students have up to 60 credit hours to remove foreign language deficiencies. College-level course work taken to remove deficiencies may be used to meet degree requirements in CASNR.

Deficiencies in the required entrance subjects can be removed by completion of specified courses in the University or by correspondence.

The Office of Admissions, Alexander Building (south entrance), City Campus, provides information to new students on how deficiencies can be removed.

College Degree Requirements

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum requirements of the College consist of three areas: ACE (Achievement-Centered Education); College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Core; and Degree Program requirements and electives. All three areas of the College Curriculum Requirements are incorporated within the description of the Major/Degree Program sections of the catalog. The individual major/degree program listings of classes insures that a student will meet the minimum curriculum requirements of the College.

Foreign Languages/Language Requirement

Two units of a foreign language are required. This requirement is usually met with two years of high school language.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

The College grants the bachelors degree in programs associated with agricultural sciences, natural resources and related programs. Students working toward a degree must earn at least 120 semester hours of credit. A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation.

Grade Rules

Removal of C-, D and F Grades

Only the most recent letter grade received in a given course will be used in computing a student’s cumulative grade point average if the student has completed the course more than once and previously received a grade or grades below C in that course.

The previous grade (or grades) will not be used in the computation of the cumulative grade point average, but it will remain a part of the academic record and will appear on any transcript.

A student can remove from his/her cumulative average a course grade of C-, D+, D, D- or F if the student repeats the same course at the University of Nebraska and receives a grade other than P (pass), I (incomplete), N (no pass), W (withdrew), or NR (no report). If a course is no longer being offered, it is not eligible for the revised grade point average computation process.

For complete procedures and regulations, see the Office of the University Registrar website at

Pass/No Pass

Students in CASNR may take any course offered on a Pass/No Pass basis within the 24-hour limitation established by the Faculty Senate. However, a department may specify that the Pass/No Pass status of its courses be limited to non-majors or may choose to offer some courses for letter grades only.

GPA Requirements

A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation.

Transfer Credit Rules

To be considered for admission, a transfer student, Nebraska resident or nonresident, must have an accumulated average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum C average in the last semester of attendance at another college. Transfer students who have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study must submit either ACT or SAT scores.

Ordinarily, credits earned at an accredited college are accepted by the University. The College, however, will evaluate all hours submitted on an application for transfer and reserves the right to accept or reject any of them. Sixty is the maximum number of hours UNL will accept on transfer from a two-year college. Ninety is the maximum number of hours UNL will accept from a four-year college. Transfer credit in the degree program must be approved by the degree program advisor on a Request for Substitution Form to meet specific course requirements, group requirements, or course level requirements in the major. At least 9 hours in the major field, including the capstone course, must be completed at UNL regardless of the number of hours transferred.

The College will accept no more than 10 semester hours of C-, D+, D and D- grades from other schools. The C-, D+, D and D- grades can only be applied to free electives. This policy does not apply to the transfer of grades from UNO or UNK to UNL.

Joint Academic Transfer Programs

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has agreements with many institutions to support joint academic programs. The transfer programs include dual degree programs and cooperative degree programs. Dual degree programs offer students the opportunity to receive a degree from a participating institution and also to complete requirements for a bachelor of science degree in CASNR. Cooperative programs result in a single degree from either UNL or the cooperating institution.

Dual Degree Programs

A to B Programs

The A to B Program, a joint academic program offered by the CASNR and participating community colleges, allows students to complete the first two years of a degree program at the participating community college and continue their education and study in a degree program leading toward a bachelor of science degree.

The A to B Program provides a basic knowledge plus specialized course work. Students transfer into CASNR with junior standing.

Depending on the community college, students enrolled in the A to B Program may complete the requirements for an associate of science at the community college, transfer to UNL, and work toward a bachelor of science degree.

Participating community colleges include:

  • Central Community College
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Mid-Plains Community College
  • Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
  • Northeast Community College
  • Southeast Community College
  • Western Nebraska Community College
3+2 Programs

Two specialized degree programs in animal science and veterinary science are offered jointly with an accredited college or school of veterinary medicine. These two programs permit CASNR animal science or veterinary science students to receive a bachelor of science degree from UNL with a degree in animal science or veterinary science after successfully completing two years of the professional curriculum in veterinary medicine at an accredited veterinary school. Students who successfully complete the 3+2 Program, must complete the “Application for Degree” form and provide transcripts to the Credentials Clerk, Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building, UNL. Students should discuss these degree programs with their academic advisor.

Cooperative Degree Programs

Academic credit from UNL and a cooperating institution is applied towards a four-year degree from either UNL (UNL degree-granting program) or the cooperating institution (non UNL degree-granting program). All have approved programs of study.

UNL Degree-Granting Programs

A UNL degree-granting program is designed to provide students the opportunity to complete a two-year program of study at one of the four-year institutions listed below, transfer to CASNR and complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree.

Chadron State College. Chadron State College offers a 2+2 program leading to a grassland ecology and management degree program and a transfer program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education in the teaching option.

Wayne State College. Wayne State College offers a 3+1 program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology in the ecology and management option.

University of Nebraska at Kearney. Transfer programs are available for students pursuing degree programs leading to a bachelor of science degree.

University of Nebraska at Omaha. The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) cooperates with CASNR in providing four-semester pre-agricultural sciences, pre-natural resources, pre-food science and technology, pre-horticulture and pre-turfgrass and landscape management transfer programs.

A student enrolled in these programs may transfer all satisfactorily completed academic credits identified in the suggested program of study, and enter CASNR to study toward a degree program leading to a bachelor of science degree. The total program would require a minimum of four years or eight semesters (16 credit hours/semester or 120 credit hours).

UNL CASNR faculty teach horticulture and food science and technology courses at UNO to assist an urban population in better understanding the food processing, horticulture, and landscape horticulture industries.

For more information, contact the CASNR Dean’s Office, 800-472-8800, ext. 2541.

Non UNL Degree-Granting Programs

The CASNR cooperates with other institutions to provide course work that is applied towards a degree at the cooperating institution. Pre-professional programs offered by CASNR allow students to complete the first two or three years of a degree program at UNL prior to transferring and completing a degree at the cooperating institution.

Chadron State College–Range Science. The 3+1 Program in range science allows Chadron State College students to pursue a range science degree through Chadron State College. Students complete three years of course work at Chadron State College and one year of specialized range science course work (32 credit hours) at CASNR.

Dordt College (Iowa) – Agricultural Education: Teaching Option. This program allows students to pursue an Agricultural Education Teaching Option degree leading toward a bachelor of science in agricultural education. Students at Dordt College will complete 90 credit hours in the Agricultural Education: Teaching Option Transfer Program.


Students must complete at least 30 of the total hours for their degree using UNL credits. At least 18 of the 30 credit hours must be in courses offered through CASNR1 (>299) including the appropriate ACE 10 degree requirement or an approved ACE 10 substitution offered through another UNL college and excluding independent study regardless of the number of hours transferred. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement if students register through UNL and participate in prior-approved education abroad programs. UNL open enrollment and summer independent study courses count toward residence.


Includes courses taught by CASNR faculty through interdisciplinary prefixes (e.g., LIFE, MBIO, ENVR, SCIL, EAEP, HRTM, ENSC) and CASNR crosslisted courses taught by non-CASNR faculty.

Online and Distance Education

There are many opportunities to earn college credit online through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Some of these credits may be applicable not only as elective credits, but also toward the fulfillment of the College’s education requirements. Credits earned online may count toward residency. However, certain offerings may not be counted toward scholarship requirements or academic recognition criteria.

For further information, contact:

Office of Online and Distance Education
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
305 Brace Labs
Lincoln, NE 68588-0109

Independent Study Rules

Students wishing to take part in independent studies must obtain permission; complete and sign a contract form; and furnish copies of the contract to the instructor, advisor, departmental office, and the Dean’s Office. The contract should be completed before registration. Forms are available in 103 Agricultural Hall or online at the CASNR website.

Independent study projects include research, literature review or extension of course work under supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.

Students may only count 12 hours of independent study toward their degrees and no more than 6 hours can be counted during their last 36 hours earned, excluding senior thesis, internships, and courses taught under an independent study number.

Other College Degree Requirements

Capstone Course Requirement

A capstone course is required for each CASNR degree program. A capstone course is defined as a course in which students are required to integrate diverse bodies of knowledge to solve a problem or formulate a policy of societal importance.

ACE Requirements

All students must fulfill the Achievement Centered Education (ACE) requirements. Information about the ACE program may be viewed at www.ace.unl.

The minimum requirements of CASNR reflect the common core of courses that apply to students pursuing degrees in the college. Students should work with an advisor to satisfy ACE outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 10 with the college requirements.

Catalog Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to UNL or when they were first admitted to a Joint Academic Transfer Program. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. The catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Majors in pre-veterinary medicine will be able to:

  1. Qualify academically for admission to the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine (PPVM), a joint program between UNL and the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
  2. Qualify academically for admission to any of the AVMA-accredited colleges or schools of veterinary medicine. (Add required pre-veterinary courses for the other college or school.)

Major Requirements

PPVM Pre-Veterinary Medicine Core

What follows fulfills the PVET requirements for the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine (PPVM), a cooperative program between the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Iowa State University. Criteria for admission to that program may be found on the PPVM website at This program may be modified so that a student may qualify academically for admission to any American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education-accredited veterinary school. Students planning to attend other veterinary schools must check with those schools to determine the differences between the other veterinary school and the PPVM PVET requirements.

College Integrative Course
SCIL 101Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Veterinary Science
VBMS 101Success in Veterinary Science1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 1
Natural Science Courses
Life Sciences 1
LIFE 120
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory (ACE 4)
LIFE 121
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory (ACE 4)
AGRO 215Genetics4
Anatomy and Physiology
Select one option from the following:4-8
Option 1:
Animal Physiological Systems
Human Physiology
Option 2:
Select one of the following:
Human Anatomy
Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy
CHEM 109General Chemistry I (ACE 4)4
CHEM 110General Chemistry II (ACE 4)4
CHEM 251Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 252Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 253Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
or CHEM 254 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
Select one of the following: 25
Elementary General Physics I (ACE 4)
General Physics I
and General Physics Laboratory I
Biological Chemistry
Select one of the following:3
Elements of Biochemistry
Structure and Metabolism
Credit Hours Subtotal: 39
Mathematics and Statistics
Select five credits of the following: 35
College Algebra and Trigonometry (only 2 credit hours apply)
Applied Calculus
Calculus I
Introduction to Statistics
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Written Communication (ACE 1)
Select two of the following:6
Writing and Inquiry
Honors Writing: Writing and Inquiry
Writing and Argument
Honors Writing: Writing and Argument
Writing and Communities
Writing and Communities
Basic Business Communication
or JGEN 120H
Technical Communication I
or JGEN 200H
Technical Communication II
Oral Communication (ACE 2)
Select one of the following:3
Interpersonal Skills for Leadership
Communication in the 21st Century
Honors: Communication in the 21st Century
Fundamentals of Human Communication
Honors: Fundamentals of Human Communication
Public Speaking
Honors: Public Speaking
Communicating in Small Groups
or COMM 210H
Visual Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Technical Communication II
Sales Communication
Environmental Communication Skills
Visual Communication and Presentation
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Economics (ACE 6)
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture
Economic Essentials and Issues
Principles of Macroeconomics
Honors: Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Honors: Principles of Microeconomics
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
ACE Courses
Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 912
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours72

BIOS 101 General Biology/BIOS 101L General Biology Laboratory and BIOS 112 Introduction to Zoology/BIOS 112L Introduction to Zoology Lab or their equivalents will not satisfy this requirement.


PHYS 151 Elements of Physics and MSYM 109 Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences/MSYM 109L Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences Laboratory do not meet the requirement.


Beyond MATH 101 College Algebra.

Additional Major Requirements

Grade Rules

Pass/No Pass

All courses taken to meet PVET requirements must be taken for a letter grade, unless the course is offered only Pass/No Pass.

C- and D Grades

Most veterinary schools require a grade of at least a C in each PVET course. Exact PVET course grade requirements for admission should be determined for each veterinary school to which application is to be made.

GPA Requirements

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 is generally required for application to a veterinary school. The exact GPA requirement for admission should be obtained for each veterinary school to which application is to be made.

This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.