Description

The bachelor of science in veterinary science degree allows students to enter into the biomedical science or animal health career fields as a veterinary scientist. It helps qualify students for admission to a veterinary medical school.

Courses in veterinary science are designed to broaden students’ knowledge of anatomy, biochemistry, histology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, pathology, pharmacology, toxicology, and virology as they relate to diverse mammalian species.
 

The Biomedical Sciences Option is intended for students who wish to qualify academically for admission to a veterinary school or enter the biomedical science career field. Its graduates can also qualify for admission to graduate school to further their education in a specialized biomedical science area. It incorporates all of the pre-veterinary medicine course requirements for the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine (PPVM), and can be modified so that it can meet the admission requirements for any AVMA-COE accredited veterinary school.

It also allows students to study biomedical science areas by selecting biomedical sciences elective courses.
 

The Veterinary Medicine Option, commonly called a 3+2 Program, allows a veterinary science major who is admitted to an AVMA-COE accredited professional veterinary medical program before earning the BS-Veterinary Science degree the opportunity of earning that baccalaureate degree after completing the first two years of the professional program. The applicant under this option must have successfully completed all of the university ACE program requirements, except ACE 10. Credits earned for courses taken as part of the professional program are transferred and applied toward the baccalaureate degree requirements.

This degree may be earned in 4 years, but if the student is not prepared to start the science-intensive Veterinary Science 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 baccalaureate degree.

Graduates may obtain employment in veterinary product sales, research and development; biotech and pharmaceutical industries; biomedical science laboratories; federal, state and local health-related agencies; and in animal care.
 

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: http://pgm.unl.edu/requirements.

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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, or within the first calendar year at Nebraska, 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. Some degree programs have a higher cumulative grade point average required for graduation.  Please check the degree program on its graduation cumulative grade point average.

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 http://www.unl.edu/regrec/course-repeats.

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. Some degree programs have a higher cumulative grade point average required for graduation. Please check the degree program on its graduation cumulative grade point average.

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 (60) is the maximum number of hours the University will accept on transfer from a two-year college. Ninety (90) is the maximum number of hours the University 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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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. Students should discuss these degree programs with their academic advisor.

Cooperative Degree Programs

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

UNL Degree-Granting Programs

A University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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).

Nebraska 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 University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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 the University 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.

Residency

Students must complete at least 30 of the total hours for their degree using University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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 Nebraska 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. University of Nebraska–Lincoln open enrollment and summer independent study courses count toward residence.

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
402-472-4681
http://online.unl.edu/

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 ace.unl.edu.

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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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 Nebraska 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 veterinary science will be able to:

  1. Take requisite courses for application to veterinary school of the student’s choice. Converse in a knowledgeable and professional manner with employers and colleagues.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the scientific method and impact of research in health and disease.
  3. Demonstrate general understanding of the impact of veterinary science on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases in animal.

Major Requirements

Veterinary Science Core Requirements

The following basic courses are required for all students majoring in veterinary science. Additionally, students must select and meet the requirements of one of the veterinary science options.
 

College Integrative Course
SCIL 101Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Veterinary Science
VBMS 101Success in Veterinary Science1
ACE 10/Capstone
VBMS 403Integrated Principles and Prevention of Livestock Diseases4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Natural Science Courses
Life Sciences
LIFE 120
LIFE 120L
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory (ACE 4)
4
LIFE 121
LIFE 121L
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory (ACE 4)
4
BIOS 312Microbiology3
BIOS 313Molecular Microbiology Laboratory1-2
or BIOS 314 Microbiology Laboratory
Genetics
AGRO 215 / HORT 215 / TLMT 215Genetics4
or BIOS 206 General Genetics
Anatomy and Physiology
Select one option of the following: 14-9
Option 1:
Animal Physiological Systems
Human Physiology
Option 2:
Human Anatomy
Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy
Physical Sciences
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
CHEM 254Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
PHYS 141Elementary General Physics I5
Biological Chemistry
Select one of the following:4-5
Elements of Biochemistry
and Laboratory for Elements of Biochemistry
Structure and Metabolism
and Biochemistry Laboratory
Credit Hours Subtotal: 51
Mathematics and Statistics
Select 5-6 hours of the following:5-6
Trigonometry
College Algebra and Trigonometry (only 2 credits apply)
Applied Calculus (ACE 3)
Calculus I (ACE 3)
Introduction to Statistics (ACE 3)
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Communications
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
Technical Communication I
Technical Communication II (if not taken as ACE 2 course)
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
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, Humanities and Social Sciences
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
ACE Courses
Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 912
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Total Credit Hours88

Biomedical Science Option

Veterinary Science Courses
Select a minimum of 11 hours of the following:11
Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy 2
Functional Histology
General Pharmacology and Toxicology
Basic Molecular Infectious Diseases
Pathogenic Microbiology
Independent Study in Veterinary Science
Honors Thesis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 11
Biomedical Science Courses
Select a minimum of 12 hours of the following:12
Animal Nutrition and Feeding
Physiology and Management of Reproduction
Advanced Animal Nutrition
Endocrinology
New Techniques in Reproductive Biology
Physiology of Animal Cells and Tissues
Molecular Microbiology Laboratory 3
Biology of Viruses
Parasitology
Molecular Genetics
Practical Bioinformatics Laboratory
Microbial Physiology
Immunology
Field Parasitology
Toxins in the Environment
Food Safety and Sanitation
Food Microbiology
Food Microbiology Laboratory
Food Toxicology
Microbiology of Fermented Foods
Microbiology of Fermented Foods Laboratory
Elementary General Physics II
Select any of the following if not taken for ACE 10/Capstone or Veterinary Science course requirements:
Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy
Functional Histology
General Pharmacology and Toxicology
Pathogenic Microbiology
Independent Study in Veterinary Science
Honors Thesis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Electives
Select 1-11 hours1-11
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Major Requirements
Complete requirements82-90
Credit Hours Subtotal: 88
Total Credit Hours120

Additional Major Requirements

Veterinary Medicine Option

This option is for University of Nebraska–Lincoln students who enter a veterinary professional program before earning their University BS in veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences degree and who have completed all of the Veterinary Science Core Requirements, except ACE 10. This option allows them to transfer credits from an AVMA-COE-accredited professional veterinary medical program to fulfil the rest of the degree requirements.
 

Equivalent Courses
Select equivalent courses from college/school of veterinary medicine 1
Ethics & Jurisprudence (ACE 10 equivalent capstone course) 24-5
Veterinary Anatomy I6
Veterinary Anatomy II4
Veterinary Histology4
Animal Physiology I4
General Veterinary Pathology3
Systemic Veterinary Pathology4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 29
General Electives
Complete electives0-9
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Core Requirements
Complete requirements86-94
Credit Hours Subtotal: 88
Total Credit Hours120

Grade Rules

P/NP Policy

Courses intended to satisfy veterinary school requirements must be taken on a graded A-F basis to satisfy entry requirements. Veterinary school required courses taken for Pass/Not Pass will not be acceptable. Please consult with your advisor and each veterinary school to which an application is to be made.

C- and D Grades

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

Grade Requirements

A minimum grade of 2.00 or Pass (P) is required for all VBMS courses.

GPA Requirements

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required for graduation.

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

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

Veterinary Science Minor

The veterinary science minor is designed for students from across the University with interests in animal health, biotechnology, and biomedical sciences. Students completing a minor in veterinary science will be better prepared to apply to professional schools and will also be candidates for graduate research positions after they complete their baccalaureate degree. The course of study leading to the minor should be developed in consultation with the chief pre-veterinary advisor in the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. A total of no more than 3 hours of credit in VBMS 496 Independent Study in Veterinary Science and no more than 6 hours of credit of VBMS 499H Honors Thesis can be applied to the minor. The veterinary science minor will consist of completion of at least 12 credit hours of formal course work in veterinary and biomedical sciences with grades of at least a C in each VBMS course, which are selected from the following upper division courses:
 

Requirements for the Minor
Select 12 hours of the following:12
Principles and Prevention of Livestock Diseases
Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy
Integrated Principles and Prevention of Livestock Diseases
Functional Histology
General Pharmacology and Toxicology
Basic Molecular Infectious Diseases
Pathogenic Microbiology
Independent Study in Veterinary Science
Honors Thesis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours12
VBMS101
Success in Veterinary Science

Description: General skills for success in college are discussed. Student involvement and campus resources are emphasized. Survey of careers for students interested in going on to veterinary school or any other science related area.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

VBMS303
Principles and Prevention of Livestock Diseases

Prerequisites: Juniors and seniors; ASCI 240 or ASCI 340 or BIOS 213 and BIOS 213L.

Description: Management techniques in the control of metabolic, infectious, and parasitic diseases of domestic animals and understanding of basic concepts of the important diseases of livestock.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

VBMS307
Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy

Prerequisites: LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L and LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L or equivalent.

Description: Gross anatomy of the mammalian body, using domestic dog as the model. Macroscopic anatomy of organs and organ systems emphasizing structural and functional relationships, and their contribution to homeostasis of domestic animals. Incorporates detailed study of prosected cadavers and skeletal preparations.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

VBMS403
Integrated Principles and Prevention of Livestock Diseases

Prerequisites: ASCI 340 or BIOS 213 and BIOS 213L, BIOS 312, CHEM 251.

Capstone course.

Description: Emphasizes integrated management techniques of livestock, and understanding the basic integrated concepts of the important diseases of domestic animals. Biotechnology in animal health and current issues in management practices to control diseases.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

VBMS408
Functional HistologyCrosslisted with BIOS 408, BIOS 808, VBMS 808

Prerequisites: BIOS 101 and 101L or LIFE 120 and 120L or BIOS 112; BIOS 213 or ASCI 240 or ASCI 340.

Description: Microscopic anatomy of the tissues and organs of major vertebrate species, including humans. Normal cellular arrangements of tissues and organs as related to their macroscopic anatomy and function, with reference to sub-cellular characteristics and biochemical processes. Functional relationships among cells, tissues, organs and organ systems, contributory to organismal well being. General introduction to pathological processes and principles underlying some diseases.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

VBMS410
General Pharmacology and Toxicology

Prerequisites: BIOS 213, ASCI 240, or ASCI 340; BIOC 321 or BIOC/BIOS/CHEM 431/831; or equivalent.

Description: Basic principles and sciences of drug action (as therapeutic agents) and of adverse (toxic) effects of harmful chemical substances. Discussion of these concepts as they relate to animal production and care, regulatory concerns, legal and ethical decisions, human and animal health hazards, food safety, and environmental contamination.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

VBMS424
Basic Molecular Infectious DiseasesCrosslisted with VBMS 824

Prerequisites: BIOS 312.

Offered spring semester of odd-numbered calendar years.

Description: Introduction to the molecular, genetic and cellular aspects of microbial pathogenesis in humans and animals. Critical reviews of original scientific literature and development of manuscript and proposal writing.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

VBMS441
Pathogenic MicrobiologyCrosslisted with BIOS 441, BIOS 841, VBMS 441H, VBMS 841

Prerequisites: BIOS 312

Description: Fundamental principles involved in host-microorganism interrelationships. Identification of pathogens, isolation, propagation, mode of transmission, pathogenicity, symptoms, treatment, prevention of disease, epidemiology, and methods of control.

This course is a prerequisite for: VBMS 805; VBMS 949

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

VBMS441H
Pathogenic MicrobiologyCrosslisted with BIOS 441, BIOS 841, VBMS 441, VBMS 841

Prerequisites: BIOS 312

Description: Fundamental principles involved in host-microorganism interrelationships. Identification of pathogens, isolation, propagation, mode of transmission, pathogenicity, symptoms, treatment, prevention of disease, epidemiology, and methods of control.

This course is a prerequisite for: VBMS 805; VBMS 949

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

VBMS441L
Pathogenic Microbiology LaboratoryCrosslisted with VBMS 841L

Prerequisites: BIOS 312.

Description: Application of diagnostic microbiological techniques to the isolation, propagation and identification of common pathogens of human beings and animals. Case studies used, in the laboratory setting, to explore and test fundamentals of transmission, epidemiology and pathogensis of selected infectious agents and to relate these to disease signs, treatments and methods of control.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

VBMS488
Exploration of Production Medicine

Prerequisites: Acceptance to an accredited college of veterinary medicine.

Description: Introduction to production medicine and animal health management that weaves together the interrelationship of pasture ecology, animal nutrition, animal well-being, environmental assessment, worker safety, and pre-harvest food safety. Emphasis on the interrelationships between scientific disciplines, and sustainable agriculture. Assessment of normal production potential and health of food producing animals (beef cattle, swine, and sheep) and indicators of abnormal health. Introduction to techniques used to evaluate animal well-being, to computerized information management, and to the veterinarian's role in sustainable agriculture.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

VBMS496
Independent Study in Veterinary Science

Prerequisites: 12 hrs veterinary science or closely related areas and permission.

Description: Individual or group projects in research, literature review, or extension of course work under supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-5
Max credits per semester:5
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-5

ACE:

VBMS499H
Honors Thesis

Prerequisites: Admission to the University Honors Program and permission.

AGRI 299H recommended.

Description: Conduct a scholarly research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:3-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:3-6

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
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.

Veterinary Science - Biomedical Science

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
13 HR TERM 1
College Course
complete SCIL 101
3hr
SCIL 101 will also fulfill the ACE 8 requirement.

Veterinary Science
complete VBMS 101
1hr
C

Life ScienceCritical
4hr
Completion of either the CHEM Sequence or LIFE Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.

College Algebra ReqtCritical
complete MATH 102
2hr
Completion of at least 2 credit hours of MATH becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 1 Written
16 HR TERM 2
Life ScienceCritical
4hr
Completion of either the CHEM Sequence or LIFE Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term or enrollment.

ACE 1 Written

ACE 2 Oral Comm

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr

ACE 3 Math/Statistics
complete STAT 218
3hr
14 HR TERM 3
ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete CHEM 109
4hr
Completion of the remaining CHEM Sequence or LIFE Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

Genetics And Microbiol Lab
complete either AGRO 215 or BIOS 206
4hr

ACE 6 Economics
complete 1 from AECN 141, ECON 200, ECON 211, ECON 212
3hr

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr
16 HR TERM 4
ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete CHEM 110
4hr
Completion of the remaining CHEM Sequence or LIFE Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

Anatomy/Physiology
complete either VBMS 307 or BIOS 214
4hr

ACE 4 Physics
complete PHYS 141
5hr

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr
14 HR TERM 5
ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete CHEM 251, CHEM 253
4hr
Completion of the Organic CHEM Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the sixth term of enrollment.

Anatomy/Physiology
complete 1 from ASCI 340, BIOS 213, BIOS 213L
4hr
Complete ASCI 340 or BIOS 213 and BIOS 213L.

Biomed Sci Electives

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
17 HR TERM 6
ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete CHEM 252, CHEM 254
4hr
Completion of the Organic CHEM Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the sixth term of enrollment.

Microbiology
complete BIOS 312
3hr

Genetics And Microbiol Lab
complete BIOS 314
1hr

Biomed Sci Electives

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
14 HR TERM 7
Biochemistry/Lab
complete 2 from BIOC 321, BIOC 321L, BIOC 431, BIOC 433
4hr

Veterinary Sci Courses
complete VBMS 408, VBMS 410
7hr
C

Biomed Sci Electives
16 HR TERM 8
Veterinary Science
complete VBMS 403
4hr
C
VBMS 403 will also fulfill the ACE 10 requirement.

Veterinary Sci Courses
complete VBMS441#, VBMS 496
6hr
C

Biomed Sci Electives

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
Graduation Requirements
  1. Performance Measure: 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***


Veterinary Science - Veterinary Medicine

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16 HR TERM 1
College Course
complete SCIL 101
3hr
SCIL 101 also fulfills the ACE 8 requirement.

Veterinary Science
complete VBMS 101
1hr
C

Life ScienceCritical
4hr
Completion of either the CHEM Sequence or LIFE Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.

College Algebra ReqtCritical
complete MATH 102
2hr
Completion of a MATH course becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.

ACE 1 Written

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.
16 HR TERM 2
Life ScienceCritical
complete either LIFE 121 or LIFE 121L
4hr
Completion of either the CHEM Sequence or LIFE Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.

ACE 1 Written

ACE 2 Oral Comm

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.

ACE 3 Math/Statistics
complete STAT 218
3hr
14 HR TERM 3
ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete CHEM 109
4hr
Completion of the remaining CHEM Sequence or LIFE Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

Genetics And Microbiol Lab
complete either AGRO 215 or BIOS 206
4hr

ACE 6 Economics
complete 1 from ECON 211, AECN 141, ECON 200, ECON 212
3hr

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr
Complete an ACE 5, 7, 8, or 9 requirement this term.
16 HR TERM 4
ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete CHEM 110
4hr
Completion of the remaining CHEM Sequence or LIFE Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

Anatomy/Physiology
complete either VBMS 307 or BIOS 214
4hr

ACE 4 Physics
complete PHYS 141
5hr

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
Complete a Biomed Science Elective.
17 HR TERM 5
ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete CHEM 251, CHEM 253
4hr
Completion of the Organic CHEM Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the sixth term of enrollment.

Anatomy/Physiology
complete 1 from ASCI 340, BIOS 213, BIOS 213L
4hr

Electives
complete Any Course
9hr
Complete Veterinary Science or Biomed Science electives.
12 HR TERM 6
ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete CHEM 252, CHEM 254
4hr
Completion of the Organic CHEM Sequence becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the sixth term of enrollment.

Microbiology
complete BIOS 312
3hr

Genetics And Microbiol Lab
complete BIOS 314
1hr

Biochemistry/Lab
4hr
Graduation Requirements
  1. Performance Measure: 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Veterinarian Practicing Partner (professional school needed), The Animal Center - Alliance NE
  • Laboratory Technician, Zoetis - Lincoln NE
  • Vet Assistant, Veterinary Clinic - Laurel NE
  • Animal Rehabilitation intern, Mote Aquarium - Sarasota FL
  • Scientist, CEVA Biomune - Kansas City KS
  • Chemical Analyst, Midwest Laboratories - Omaha NE
  • Vet Assistant, Stolley Park Vet Clinic - Grand Island NE
  • Receptionist/Kennel Staff, Pitts Veterinary Hospital - Lincoln NE
  • Wrangler, Yellowstone National Park
  • Client Care Specialist & Kennel Attendant, Belmont Veterinary Center - Lincoln NE

Internships

  • Intern, UNL GPVEC/MARC - Clay Center NE
  • Intern, Kings Veterinary Services - Lemoore CA
  • Intern, UNL Neurobiology Lab - Lincoln NE
  • Intern, Companion Animal Veterinary Clinic - Norfolk NE
  • Equine Clinic Intern, Veterinary Hospital at UFMG - Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Food Safety, Quality, and Regulatory Intern, Cargill - Waco TX
  • Research Assistant, Univeristy of Miami School of Marine and Atm. Sci. - Miami FL
  • Reasearch Student, MSU - East Lansing MI
  • Animal Agriculture Food, Safety, & Quality Intern, Cargill Turkey and Cooked Meats - Waco TX
  • Marketing Assistant, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission - Lincoln NE

Graduate & Professional Schools

  • DVM program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln/Iowa State
  • DVM program, Kansas State University - Manhattan KS
  • Masters, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Doctor of Pharmacy Program, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha NE
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Bryan College of Health Science - Lincoln NE
  • Ph.D. Program, Montana State University - Bozeman MT