B.S. in Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine


Seven-year Program (with Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, St. Kitts))

This accelerated, combined degree program provides qualified students the opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree in seven years, one year less than the normal span of eight years. The bachelor’s degree (B.S. in biology) is awarded by Fairleigh Dickinson University and the doctoral degree (D.V.M.) by Ross University. English is the teaching language.

Students are admitted to FDU as incoming freshmen or qualified transfer students. They may apply for the B.S. degree upon successful completion of six semesters at FDU, including the courses listed below, and the first year of study (three semesters) at Ross University. A maximum of 32 credits from Ross University may be transferred toward completion of the B.S. degree at FDU.

The program prepares students interested in pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree to become successful veterinarians in the United States. The program is an accelerated program which takes a little more than three years. The last three semesters are spent on the campus of one of the U.S. veterinary schools affiliated with Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. The U.S. Department of Education has certified Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine as an eligible institution for the Title IV U.S. Federal Family Education Loan program.

Web site: http://www.rossu.edu/vet/

Admission to the Combined Degree Program

High school seniors with a combined SAT score of 1170 and higher and ranking in the top 25 percent of their class or qualified students who have completed their first year of college study with a grade point ratio (GPR) of 3.25 or higher may apply for admission to the combined degree program.

All applicants for admission to the combined degree program must satisfy secondary school preparation in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. The high school grade point average and rank in class, along with letters of recommendation from high school teachers, will be of primary importance in evaluating applicants’ credentials.

Applicants are required to submit scores in the verbal and mathematical components of the SAT. After preliminary screening of the applications by the FDU Office of Admissions, qualified applicants will be invited for an interview with the FDU/Ross University Joint Admissions Committee.

Combined Degree Program Requirements

While enrolled at FDU, students are required to follow the accelerated preprofessional curriculum in biology and are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) of 3.25 or higher in all course work and a minimum of 3.00 in prerequisite courses required by Ross University.

Qualifying for Enrollment at Ross University

Qualified students enrolled in the combined degree program will be guaranteed a seat at Ross University for training in veterinary medicine. To qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of all FDU curriculum requirements, including the general education requirements and the degree program requirements for the major and all prerequisite courses required for admission at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Students need to obtain a GPR of 3.00 or higher in prerequisite courses with no D or F in any of the courses;
  • A GPR of 3.25 or higher;
  • Submission of a satisfactory Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score (25 or higher) in a timely fashion;
  • Students currently enrolled at FDU who seek admission to the combined degree program must apply to the School of Natural Sciences, University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies, Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, N.J., prior to the completion of 60 credit hours at FDU or at least one year before the anticipated date of matriculation at Ross University; and
  • Students enrolled in the combined degree program who decide to complete the B.S. degree at FDU prior to entering Ross University must make this known to their school director or department chair prior to the completion of 60 credits at FDU or at least one year before the anticipated date of matriculation at Ross University.
Preveterinary Curricula
Under the provisions of the preveterinary program, students matriculate in either University College: Arts • Sciences •  Professional Studies, Metropolitan Campus, for a minimum of 96 credits of course work leading to the B.S. in biology (preprofessional option). The curriculum is as follows:
1st Semester (18 credits)

BIOL1251/BIOL1253     General Biology I and Lab
CHEM1201     General Chemistry I
CHEM1203     General Chemistry Lab I
ENWR1101     Academic Writing
FRSH1000      Freshman Seminar
MATH2337     Applied Statistics I
CSCI1105      Computers & Comp Software

2nd Semester (18 credits)

BIOL1252/BIOL1254     General Biology II and Lab
CHEM1202     General Chemistry II
CHEM1204     General Chemistry Lab II
CORE3004     Global Issues
ENWR1102     Academic Research & Writing
1Math Sequence

3rd Semester (16 credits)

BIOL2250/BIOL2150     Ecology & Field Biology and Lab
CHEM2261     Organic Chemistry I
CHEM2263     Organic Chemistry Lab I
ENGL2201      Masterpieces of World Lit. I
1Math Sequence

4th Semester (15 credits)

BIOL2237/BIOL2239     Human Structure & Function and Lab
CHEM2262     Organic Chemistry II
CHEM2264     Organic Chemistry Lab II
ENGL2202      Masterpieces of World Lit. II
CORE1001     Perspectives on the Indiv

5th Semester (16 credits)

BIOL3225/BIOL3226     General Microbiology and Lab
BIOL2210/BIOL2211     Genetics and Lab
BIOL4405      Ethics in Science
BIOL6900      Biology Seminar I
PHYS2203     University Physics I
PHYS2201     General Physics Lab I

6th semester (16 credits)

BIOL3345       Molecular Genetics
CHEM3281     Biochemistry I
CORE2003     Cross-Cultural Perspectives
PHYS2204      University Physics II
PHYS2202      General Physics Lab II
SPCH1155      Public Speaking