Comparative Medicine

Required Courses

The following is a generic list of classes required to apply to most veterinary colleges. Please check the individual school of choice to verify the complete current listing/requirements, as well as quarter vs. semester units required. It has been our experience that some schools may accept Stanford's courses, while others may not.

For specific pre-requisite college requirements, please see the AAVMC website spreadsheet:

For supplemental application information, see the AAVMC site:



Commonly required Pre-Vet courses Stanford courses that may fulfill these requirements
General Chemistry Chem 31A, 31B or 135
Chem 31X not recommended for schools that require a full year
General Chemistry lab Chem 31A, 31B*
*Sections may not satisfy lab requirements
Organic Chemistry Chem 33, 35, 131 or 1, 2, 3
Organic Chemistry lab Chem 36, 130* or 1L, 2L, 3L
*Some schools require a full year of general chemistry with lab
Physics Physics 21, 23, 25 or 28, 29 or 41, 43, 45
Physics lab
Not required by all schools
Physics 22, 24, 26
General Biology Bio 41, 42, 43 or Humbio 2A, 3A, 4A
General Biology lab Bio 44X, 44Y*
* Not required by all schools
Systemic Physiology
Upper division requirement (must be taken at a 4-yr university)
Bio 112
Biochemistry
Upper division requirement (must be taken at a 4-yr university)
Bio 188, 189
Genetics
Upper division requirement (must be taken at a 4-yr university)

Bio 118

English Literature & Composition
Some schools require a full year of English and/or specific courses
PWR 1, 2 and additional courses
Humanities and social sciences Check specific unit and course requirements
Statistics Stats 60 or 141

Same courses as above with non-Stanford options

Commonly required Pre-Vet courses Other Location
General Chemistry Santa Clara Summer (Chem 11, 12 or 13) or Foothill/Cañada College
General Chemistry lab Santa Clara Summer (Chem 11, 12 or 13) or Foothill/Cañada College
Organic Chemistry Santa Clara Summer (Chem 31, 32 or 33) or Foothill/Cañada College
Organic Chemistry lab Santa Clara Summer (Chem 31, 32 or 33) or Foothill/Cañada College
Physics Santa Clara Summer (Phys 11, 12 or 13) or Foothill/Cañada College
Physics lab
Not required by all schools
Santa Clara Summer (Phys 11, 12 or 13) or Foothill/Cañada College
General Biology UC Berkeley Extension (X15A, X15B) or Foothill/Cañada College
General Biology lab UC Berkeley Extension (X15.1A, X15.1B) or Foothill/Cañada College
Systemic Physiology
Upper division requirement (must be taken at a 4-yr university)
UC Berkeley Extension (X109), San Jose State
Biochemistry
Upper division requirement (must be taken at a 4-yr university)
UC Berkeley Extension (X115A), San Jose State
Genetics
Upper division requirement (must be taken at a 4-yr university)

UC Berkeley Extension (X143), San Jose State

Statistics Many

School specific requirements College and course number
Medical Microbiology
Upper division requirement (must be taken at a 4-yr university)
UC Berekeley Extension X111

Microbiology lab
Upper division requirement (must be taken at a 4-yr university)

UC Berkeley Extension X491.1
Animal science Online courses available
Animal Nutrition
Human nutrition may satisfy requirements at some schools
Online courses available

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