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Pre-Veterinary Science (BS in Biology With Concentration)

Bachelor of Science

A passion for pets and animals and improving public health draws individuals to become veterinarians. Graduates have successfully gained entry into accredited Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree programs.

A veterinarian’s duties include examining and diagnosing health problems, treating and dressing wounds, testing and vaccinating, prescribing medication, and advising pet owners about general care, medical conditions, and best treatments for their loved ones.

Lourdes students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree with a Pre-Veterinary Science concentration work closely with their advisors during their undergraduate studies.

All states require veterinarians to pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination and be licensed. Additional certification is available in various specialties, including microbiology, internal medicine, and surgery.

Plan of Study


Total credit hours: 128


Please see required B.S. in Biology Plan of Study. Students are encouraged to select the Health Sciences concentration.

Health Sciences Concentration

This concentration is recommended for students pursuing graduate training in most health professions.

BIO 114 Medical Terminology
BIO 313 Nutrition Science
BIO 330 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIL 330  Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
BIO 331 Anatomy & Physiology II
BIL 331  Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
BIO 340 Pathophysiology
BIO 403 Immunology
(Approved Electives)

Note: Students interested in medicine, physician assistant, dentistry and pharmacy are also encouraged to complete a Chemistry Minor. This minor contributes to a student’s ability to succeed on the entrance exams for professional school and strengthens his/her transcript. The Chemistry Minor can be achieved by taking the following Chemistry courses:

CHM 305 Basic Biochemistry
CHL 305  Basic Biochemistry Lab

Learning Outcomes



1. Demonstrate knowledge of the discipline of biology.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of biological terms, principles, and concepts, utilizing appropriate depth and breadth in select content areas of biology.

2. Demonstrate skills of a biologist.

  • Design, conduct, and evaluate protocols, studies, and experiments utilizing the scientific method.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of biological instruments and technologies.

3. Apply effective critical thinking in biology.

  • Interpret, analyze, and evaluate biological information.
  • Apply biological concepts to social issues.

4. Demonstrate effective communication in biology.

  • Demonstrate effective written, speaking, and listening skills in biology reports, essays, projects, posters, and presentations.

Pre-Veterinary Science Faculty

Sandy Beach

Sandra M. Beach, Ph.D.

Chairperson of Dept of Biology and Health Sciences

Sr. Paula Blevins, OSF

Sr. Paula Blevins, OSF

Lab Support - Adjunct Faculty

Erin Burkholder

Erin Burkholder, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biology and Exercise Science

Anjali Gray

Anjali D. Gray, Ph.D.


Kris Moline

Kristin Moline, M.S.Ed.

Assistant Professor of Biology and Health Sciences

Kristen Williams

Kristen Williams, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology and Health Sciences, Academic Partnership Coordinator

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