School of Agriculture

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Pre-Professional Programs
Agricultural Engineering, Forestry, & Veterinary Medicine

Pre-professional degrees are designed to prepare students for professional study at other universities at the undergraduate and graduate level. Each pre-professional degree consists of a series of WIU courses which students are advised to take to gain knowledge and skills required for professional study in one of the below fields.

Pre-Agricultural Engineering

Students who wish to pursue studies in pre-agricultural engineering should contact the academic adviser in the School of Agriculture. The student in pre-agricultural engineering may elect one of two options leading to the Bachelor of Science degree: (1) Agricultural Engineering Degree through a College of Engineering, a four-year program (two years at WIU). (2) Agricultural Engineering Degree and Agriculture Degree, a five-year program (three years at WIU). View details in the undergraduate catalog.

Pre-Forestry

Students who wish to pursue studies in pre-forestry should contact the academic adviser in the School of Agriculture. This two-year curriculum is designed to prepare students to enter a school of professional forestry with advanced standing. View details in the undergraduate catalog.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

The WIU School of Agriculture offers a pre-professional program designed to meet the requirements for admission to a school of veterinary medicine. Students who wish to pursue studies in pre-veterinary medicine should contact the academic adviser in the School of Agriculture. Due to intense competition for admission to schools of veterinary medicine, most students complete a four-year bachelor’s degree program prior to admission. Those students considering a career in veterinary medicine should have a good foundation in biological sciences and chemistry, including biochemistry, as the minimum knowledge base for success in the curriculum. In addition, a course or courses concerning livestock production and animal ethology are highly desirable for all students. Those seeking a career in veterinary medicine related to agriculture should consider additional background in nutrition, livestock management, and the economics of production by working toward a degree in agriculture prior to admission to veterinary school. Students may also pursue other major fields of study. The 60-hour pre-veterinary requirement and the suggested WIU courses for admission to the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois are outlined below. Admission requirements for other schools of veterinary medicine are different but can be met with adviser consultation. View details in the undergraduate catalog.