Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Ogden College of Science and Engineering

Ogden College Hall, Office 1017
Phone: 270-745-4449
Website: https://www.wku.edu/ogden/
Email: ogdencollegedeansoffice@wku.edu

Dr. David N. Brown, Dean
David.Brown@wku.edu

Dr. Stuart Burris, Associate Dean
Stuart.Burris@wku.edu 

Dr. Cathleen Webb, Associate Dean for Research
Cathleen.Webb@wku.edu

Mission

The mission of Ogden College of Science and Engineering is to empower individuals to become leaders through academic achievement, global connections, and engagement in research, education and service.

Vision

Ogden College of Science and Engineering is a community of creative and critical thinkers achieving local to global impact.

Ogden College of Science and Engineering encompasses the applied and basic sciences, offering a broad range of degree programs in agriculture, biology, chemistry, computer science, construction management, engineering, geography, geology, architectural science, advanced manufacturing, mathematics, meteorology, physics, astronomy, and psychology.  

We are recognized by the high quality and success of our students and graduates, which results from personal attention to student professional development through engagement with faculty in projects that expand on classroom instruction.

Students and faculty at WKU have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 114 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowships, scholarships, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members. Programs cover a wide variety of disciplines including earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science and engineering related disciplines.

For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact: Dr. Cathleen Webb, Associate Dean of OCSE and the ORAU counselor for WKU.

Ogden College is home to the Health Professions Advisement Center (HPAC). WKU has an outstanding track record of students gaining entry to the health professions. At HPAC, students interested in attending a school or college of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, optometry, veterinary medicine, chiropractic medicine, podiatry or physician assistant, will receive information, advice and guidance on their preparation for admission to professional school.   

In collaboration with the College of Education, Ogden College offers the SKyTeach Program for those interested in teaching science and math at middle or high school levels. This program is a replication of a nationally recognized program in teacher preparation developed at the University of Texas - Austin. WKU received $2.4 million in funding from Exxon/Mobil through the National Mathematics and Science Initiative to develop the SKyTeach program at WKU.

Those interested in more detailed information regarding programs offered by departments of the College should follow the links listed under departments or email the Dean of Ogden College of Science and Engineering directly.

Pre-Chiropractic Advisement

Advisors: Steve Huskey  

Contact: Dr. Les Pesterfield
Office: Kelly Thompson Hall 4011
Phone: 270-745-6246
Email: hpa@wku.edu
Website: http://www.wku.edu/wkuhpa

WKU has a 3-year (90 semester hours) curriculum designed to prepare potential candidates for entry into a professional chiropractic college.Prior to application at a chiropractic college, candidates must have earned a minimum of 90 semester hours (including at least 48 semester hours in the courses listed below. The candidate is responsible for ensuring that he or she has met those specific and elective requirements of the school(s) to which they are applying.

Although the following requirements will meet current admission guidelines for most chiropractic programs, the student should check the pre-requisites for those schools to which they wish to apply. Completion of these pre-requisites will allow you to compete for available spaces in chiropractic programs, but will not guarantee admission.

ENG 100Introduction to College Writing3
ENG 300Writing in the Disciplines3
BIOL 120
BIOL 121
Biological Concepts: Cells Metabolism and Genetics
and Biological Concepts: Cells, Metabolism, and Genetics Lab
4
BIOL 122
BIOL 123
Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology
and Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology Lab
4
or BIOL 131 Human Anatomy and Physiology
CHEM 120
CHEM 121
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
5
CHEM 222
CHEM 223
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Laboratory
5
MATH 116College Algebra3
MATH 117Trigonometry3
PSY/PSYS 100Introduction to Psychology3
Select one of the following groups:
Introduction to Physics and Biophysics I
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics I
and Introduction to Physics and Biophysics II
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics II
College Physics I
and College Physics II
Select 15 hours of Humanities and Social Sciences electives in consultation with advisor15
Total Hours48

Please note: Recommended courses are based on WKU’s assessment of specific professional school requirements.  Students should, in consultation with their advisor, review the requirements at the professional school of their choice.

Pre-Dentistry Advisement

Advisors: Noah Ashley, Eric Conte, Darwin Dahl, Steve Huskey, Les Pesterfield, Ajay Srivastava 

Contact: Dr. Les Pesterfield
Office: Kelly Thompson Hall 4011
Phone: 270-745-6246
Email: hpa@wku.edu
Website: http://www.wku.edu/wkuhpa

Students planning a career in dentistry should follow the pre-dentistry curriculum at WKU. All applicants to dental school must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) approximately one year prior to intended matriculation. Most schools of dentistry have a requirement for observation/ shadowing a practitioner. Students should plan on completing their hours of required observation by the end of the junior year.

ENG 100Introduction to College Writing3
ENG 300Writing in the Disciplines3
BIOL 120
BIOL 121
Biological Concepts: Cells Metabolism and Genetics
and Biological Concepts: Cells, Metabolism, and Genetics Lab
4
BIOL 122
BIOL 123
Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology
and Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology Lab
4
BIOL 226
BIOL 227
Microbial Biology and Diversity
and Microbial Biology and Diversity Lab
4
BIOL 446Biochemistry I3
or CHEM 446 Biochemistry I
CHEM 120
CHEM 121
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
5
CHEM 222
CHEM 223
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Laboratory
5
CHEM 340
CHEM 341
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
5
CHEM 342
CHEM 343
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
5
MATH 116College Algebra3
MATH 117Trigonometry3
PHYS 231
PHYS 232
Introduction to Physics and Biophysics I
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics I
4
Total Hours51

It is highly recommended that students planning a dental career complete the entire four-year curriculum and receive the baccalaureate degree before entering a dental college. A few dental schools will accept students after three years of undergraduate work. One year of satisfactory work in dental school can then be transferred to WKU in order to receive the Bachelor of Science degree. All requirements for the Colonnade Program and the core courses for a major and minor must be completed before leaving WKU. Courses taken in dental school may then (at the discretion of the department head) be accepted by the major and/or minor departments at WKU allowing the student to receive the bachelor’s degree.

Please note: Recommended courses are based on WKU’s assessment of specific professional school requirements. Students should,in consultation with their advisor, review the requirements at the professional schools of their choice.

Pre-Forestry Advisement

Advisor: Dr. Martin Stone
Office: Environmental Sciences & Technology Building 258
Phone: 270-745-5963
Email: Martin.Stone@wku.edu

Students interested in forestry as a career may enter Western Kentucky University and complete a plan of study comparable to the first two years of a four-year forestry degree program. The program outlined is designed to qualify students to transfer into the forestry program at the University of Kentucky. This program will permit students with grades of “C” or better to transfer to the degree program of Bachelor of Science in Forestry without loss of credits. Students desiring to attend schools other than the University of Kentucky should contact the pre-forestry advisor for specific requirements.

Select one of the following groups:10
Fundamentals of General Chemistry
and Fundamentals of General Chemistry Laboratory
and Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
and Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
and College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Laboratory
ENG 100Introduction to College Writing3
ENG 300Writing in the Disciplines3
BIOL 120
BIOL 121
Biological Concepts: Cells Metabolism and Genetics
and Biological Concepts: Cells, Metabolism, and Genetics Lab
4
BIOL 222
BIOL 223
Plant Biology and Diversity
and Plant Biology and Diversity Lab
4
BIOL 348Plant Taxonomy4
PHYS 101Concepts of Motion3
MATH 116College Algebra3
MATH 117Trigonometry3
MATH 119Fundamentals of Calculus4
COMM 145Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication3
AGRO 110Introduction to Plant Science3
AGRO 350Soils3
SFTY 171Safety and First Aid1
SPAN 101Elementary Spanish I3
GEOG 210Environment and Ecological Policy3
CE 160
CE 161
Principles of Surveying
and Principles of Surveying Lab
4
AGEC 360Agricultural Economics3
AGRI 291Introduction to Data Analysis and Interpretation3
Restricted electives
Total Hours67

Please note: Recommended courses are based on WKU’s assessment of specific professional school requirements. Students should, in consultation with their advisor, review the requirements at the professional school of their choice.

Pre-Medicine Advisement

Advisors: Kevin Williams, Darwin Dahl, Steve Huskey, Les Pesterfield, Simran Banga, Ajay Srivastava, Ali Er

Contact: Dr. Les Pesterfield
Office: Kelly Thompson Hall 4011
Phone: 270-745-6246
Email: hpa@wku.edu
Website: http://www.wku.edu/wkuhpa

The pre-medicine curriculum has been developed with two objectives in mind. The first objective is to provide the undergraduate student with an academic background that will enable them to succeed in the medical school of their choice. The second objective is to provide the academic credits to earn the Bachelor of Science degree after four years of study.It is required that students planning a medical career complete the four-year curriculum and receive the Bachelor of Science degree before entering a medical college.

During the first two years of undergraduate work, the pre-medicine student should complete the majority of the basic science courses that constitute the minimal prerequisites for entrance into medical school.

ENG 100Introduction to College Writing3
ENG 300Writing in the Disciplines3
BIOL 120
BIOL 121
Biological Concepts: Cells Metabolism and Genetics
and Biological Concepts: Cells, Metabolism, and Genetics Lab
4
BIOL 122
BIOL 123
Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology
and Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology Lab
4
BIOL 224
BIOL 225
Animal Biology and Diversity
and Animal Biology and Diversity Lab
4
BIOL 446Biochemistry I3
or CHEM 446 Biochemistry I
CHEM 120
CHEM 121
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
5
CHEM 222
CHEM 223
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Laboratory
5
CHEM 340
CHEM 341
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
5
CHEM 342
CHEM 343
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
5
MATH 116College Algebra3
MATH 117Trigonometry3
MATH 136Calculus I4
Select one of the following groups:8
Introduction to Physics and Biophysics I
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics I
and Introduction to Physics and Biophysics II
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics II
University Physics I
and University Physics II
Total Hours59

In addition to the basic science courses, classes should be taken from the WKU Colonnade requirements. In preparation for the MCAT, it is strongly recommended that the pre-medical student choose BIOL 319, BIOL 330  and BIOL 382 or MATH 183 as electives. PSY 100 / PSYS 100 or PSYS 220 and SOCL 100 are also recommended among Colonnade classes.

During the junior and senior years, students with direction from their pre-medicine advisor, should complete courses to constitute a major and a minor in addition to completing the Colonnade Program requirements for a degree. All applicants to medical school must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

In 2018, in partnership with The Medical Center of Bowling Green and WKU, the University of Kentucky, School of Medicine opened a branch medical campus in Bowling Green, KY.  Pre-medical students have the opportunity to complete pre-medical studies and all four years of medical school in Bowling Green.

Please note: Recommended courses are based on WKU’s assessment of specific professional school requirements. Students should, in consultation with their advisor, review the requirements at the professional schools of their choice.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Advisement

Advisors: Wendi Hulsey, Mark Schafer, Matthew Shake    
Contact: Dr. Les Pesterfield
Office: Kelly Thompson Hall 4011
Phone: 270-745-6246
Email: hpa@wku.edu
Website: http://www.wku.edu/wkuhpa

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Students may fulfill pre-occupational therapy requirements at Western Kentucky University and become eligible to submit applications for admission to any doctoral or master’s level occupational therapy schools within the United States. These schools vary slightly in their requirements so students should decide after 4 or 5 semesters on the college(s) of occupational therapy to which they plan to submit an application for admission and arrange their schedules in accordance with the requirements of that particular school. Students applying to Occupational Therapy school should take the GRE.

Courses typically required
BIOL 131Human Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL 231Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology4
Select one of the following:3-4
Introductory Statistics
Research Methods in Psychology
and Research Methods in Psychology Laboratory
Research Methods in Psychology
and Research Methods in Psychology Laboratory
Introductory Biostatistics
PSY/PSYS 440Abnormal Psychology3
SOCL 100Introductory Sociology3
Select an additional Biology Class with Lab
AH 290Medical Terminology2
Courses often required
PSY/PSYS 220Introduction to Lifespan Developmental Psychology3
CHEM 109Chemistry for the Health Sciences4
PHYS 201College Physics I4

Please note: Recommended courses are based on WKU’s Assessment of specific professional school requirements. Students should, in consultation with their advisor, review the requirements at the professional school of their choice.

Pre-Optometry Advisement

Advisors: Ali Er, Les Pesterfield     
Contact: Dr. Les Pesterfield
Office: Kelly Thompson Hall 4011
Phone: 270-745-6246
Email: hpa@wku.edu
Website: http://www.wku.edu/wkuhpa

Students may fulfill pre-optometry requirements at Western Kentucky University and become eligible to submit applications for admission to any of the 23 optometry schools within the United States. These schools vary slightly in their pre-optometry requirements. Students should decide after 4 or 5 semesters on the college(s) of optometry to which they plan to submit an application for admission and arrange their schedules in accordance with the requirements of that particular school.

The professional optometric program requires four years of study in a school of optometry. This is in addition to the three or more years of pre-optometry requirements. Applicants to all of the optometry schools are required to take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT).

In the fall of 2016, the Kentucky College of Optometry (Pikeville, KY) welcomed their inaugural class. Through a Memorandum of Agreement between WKU and KYCO, qualified WKU students will have preferred admission status at KYCO.

The courses listed below are required as prerequisites for all optometry schools. Each science course must be accompanied by its appropriate laboratory:

BIOL 120Biological Concepts: Cells Metabolism and Genetics3
BIOL 122Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology3
BIOL 226Microbial Biology and Diversity3
CHEM 120College Chemistry I3
CHEM 222College Chemistry II3
CHEM 340Organic Chemistry I3
PHYS 231Introduction to Physics and Biophysics I3
PHYS 332Introduction to Physics and Biophysics II3
or PHYS 255 University Physics I
PHYS 265University Physics II4
MATH 116College Algebra3
MATH 117Trigonometry3
MATH 136Calculus I4
ENG 100Introduction to College Writing3
ENG 300Writing in the Disciplines3
PSY/PSYS 100Introduction to Psychology3
Select a statistics course
Total Hours47

There may be additional course requirements that vary with each optometry school.

All students in the curriculum are strongly encouraged to work toward a bachelor’s degree, even though a degree is not required for admission to most optometry schools. One year of satisfactory work in optometry school can generally then be transferred to WKU in order to receive the Bachelor of Science degree. All requirements for the Colonnade Program and the core courses for a major and minor must be completed. Courses taken in optometry school may then (at the discretion of the department head) be accepted by the major and/or minor department at WKU allowing the student to receive the bachelor’s degree.

Please note: Recommended courses are based on WKU’s assessment of specific professional school requirements.  Students should, in consultation with their advisor, review the requirements at the professional school of their choice.

Pre-Pharmacy Advisement

Advisors: Jeremy Maddox, Darwin Dahl, Rodney King, Carnetta Skipworth

Contact: Dr. Carnetta Skipworth
Office: Kelly Thompson Hall 4043 
Phone: (270) 745-8741
Email: hpa@wku.edu
Website: http://www.wku.edu/wkuhpa

Students planning a career in pharmacy should follow a pre-pharmacy curriculum at WKU. After completion of a minimum of 70 credit hours, the student may take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) and apply for admission to a school of pharmacy for the remaining four years of training.  

The following curriculum contains courses required for admission to the University of Kentucky, College of Pharmacy. The courses required by other schools of pharmacy are much the same; however, the student should investigate the requirements of the school to which they plan to attend in order that every requirement may be included in their pre-pharmacy program.

Freshman Year Courses
BIOL 120
BIOL 121
Biological Concepts: Cells Metabolism and Genetics
and Biological Concepts: Cells, Metabolism, and Genetics Lab
4
BIOL 131Human Anatomy and Physiology4
CHEM 120
CHEM 121
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
5
CHEM 222
CHEM 223
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Laboratory
5
ENG 100Introduction to College Writing3
MATH 136Calculus I4
Electives
Sophomore Year Courses
Select one of the following:4
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
Microbial Biology and Diversity
and Microbial Biology and Diversity Lab
BIOL 231Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology4
CHEM 340
CHEM 341
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
5
CHEM 342
CHEM 343
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
5
ECON 202Principles of Economics (Micro)3
or ECON 203 Principles of Economics (Macro)
ENG 300Writing in the Disciplines3
MATH 183Introductory Statistics3
or BIOL 382 Introductory Biostatistics
Electives
Total Hours52

Electives should include one course in psychology or sociology. COMM 145, HIST 101 or HIST 102 is also recommended. Note: Many pharmacy schools require a single semester of Physics that can be met by taking PHYS 231/PHYS 232 or PHYS 255.  

The Carpenter-Dent Trust Fund offers scholarships to eligible pre-pharmacy students who are residents of Allen, Simpson or Warren County.

Please note: Recommended courses are based on WKU’s assessment of specific professional school requirements.  Students should, in consultation with their advisor, review the requirements at the professional school of their choice.

Pre-Physical Therapy Advisement

Advisors: Steve Huskey, Gary English, Mark Schafer, Wendi Hulsey    

Contact: Dr. Les Pesterfield
Office: Kelly Thompson Hall 4011
Phone: 270-745-6246
Email: hpa@wku.edu
Website: http://www.wku.edu/wkuhpa

The pre-physical therapy program at Western Kentucky University is designed to prepare students for application to accredited programs in physical therapy. It is recommended that the student complete a baccalaureate degree while completing the pre-requisite requirements of the physical therapy schools to which they plan to apply. It should be noted that all physical therapy schools have adopted a Doctorate/Ph.D. level program, and as a result, a baccalaureate degree is required. Completion of the following prerequisites does not guarantee admission into a physical therapy school; it merely places the candidate into a competitive pool of applicants from which the successful candidates will be selected and interviewed.

Application to the physical therapy schools at WKU, the University of Kentucky and Bellarmine University requires applicants to have earned a bachelor’s degree by the time they enter the program. A grade of “C” or better is required in all prerequisite courses. Applicants must also show evidence of having completed at least 50 hours of physical therapy observation and/or volunteer experience at two or more health care facilities. The following suggestions and requirements must be completed by the time the successful applicant enters the professional program:

WKU Colonnade Suggestions
ENG 100Introduction to College Writing3
ENG 300Writing in the Disciplines3
ENG 200Introduction to Literature3
Select an Arts & Humanities course
COMM 145Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication3
PSY/PSYS 100Introduction to Psychology3
PSY/PSYS 220Introduction to Lifespan Developmental Psychology3
HIST 101World History I3
or HIST 102 World History II
Complete World Language Requirement
Math/Science Requirements
BIOL 120
BIOL 121
Biological Concepts: Cells Metabolism and Genetics
and Biological Concepts: Cells, Metabolism, and Genetics Lab
4
BIOL 122
BIOL 123
Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology
and Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology Lab
4
Select one of the following:4
Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
Animal Biology and Diversity
CHEM 120
CHEM 121
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
5
CHEM 222
CHEM 223
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Laboratory
5
PHYS 231
PHYS 232
Introduction to Physics and Biophysics I
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics I
4
PHYS 332
PHYS 233
Introduction to Physics and Biophysics II
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics II
4
MATH 116College Algebra3
MATH 117Trigonometry 23
Select one of the following:3
Introductory Biostatistics
Biostatistics in the Health Sciences
Introductory Statistics
Additional Suggestion
AH 290Medical Terminology (required by UK)2
PHIL 320Ethics3
or PHIL 322 Biomedical Ethics
Total Hours65

If not completed in Colonnade, Six (6) hours of social/behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, ethics, etc.) are also required.

The GRE is also required and should be completed approximately a year in advance of intended matriculation to PT school. It is also strongly recommended that professional certification in first aid by the American Red Cross and in CPR by the American Heart Association be completed prior to entrance into the program. The community CPR course offered by the American Red Cross is NOT acceptable. The minimum overall GPA should be 2.75; the minimum science core GPA should be 3.0 (4.0 scale). However, the competitive nature of the application process over the last several years indicates that overall and science GPA’s should both be 3.4 or higher to seriously contend for entrance.

WKU graduated their inaugural DPT class in Spring 2016; for more information go to http://www.wku.edu/physicaltherapy.

Please note: Recommended courses are based on WKU’s assessment of specific professional school requirements.  Students should, in consultation with their advisor, review the requirements at the professional school of their choice.

Pre-Physician Assistant Advisement

Advisors: Kerrie McDaniel, Darwin Dahl    

Contact: Dr. Les Pesterfield
Office: Kelly Thompson Hall 4011
Phone: 270-745-6246
Email: hpa@wku.edu
Website: http://www.wku.edu/wkuhpa

A Physician Assistant (PA) is a healthcare provider that has earned a Master’s Degree from an accredited PA school (typically earned in 27 months) and passes a national licensure exam (PANCE). They must practice under the supervision of a licensed physician. It is a relatively new health profession, which has grown tremendously over the last 20 years. There are currently 209 accredited PA Programs in the US (but only 3 in KY, University of Kentucky, University of the Cumberlands, and Sullivan University). The successful candidate will have earned a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation, completed the pre-requisite coursework, take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) as well as complete extensive shadowing and healthcare work experience (1000 hours, 500 at time of application). Due to the extensive health care experience required, students are encouraged to begin no later than the beginning of the junior year. The following pre-requisites are based on those at the University of Kentucky. The student should carefully examine the requirements at other schools to which they plan to apply.

ENG 100Introduction to College Writing3
ENG 300Writing in the Disciplines3
BIOL 120
BIOL 121
Biological Concepts: Cells Metabolism and Genetics
and Biological Concepts: Cells, Metabolism, and Genetics Lab
4
BIOL 122
BIOL 123
Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology
and Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology Lab
4
BIOL 224
BIOL 225
Animal Biology and Diversity
and Animal Biology and Diversity Lab
4
Select one of the following:4
Microbial Biology and Diversity
and Microbial Biology and Diversity Lab
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
Select one of the following:8
Comparative Anatomy
and Animal Physiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology
CHEM 120
CHEM 121
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
5
CHEM 222
CHEM 223
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Laboratory
5
CHEM 340
CHEM 341
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
5
MATH 116College Algebra3
MATH 117Trigonometry3
PSYS/PSY 100Introduction to Psychology3
PSYS/PSY 220Introduction to Lifespan Developmental Psychology3
SOCL 100Introductory Sociology3
BIOL 382Introductory Biostatistics3
or MATH 183 Introductory Statistics
AH 290Medical Terminology2
Total Hours65

Pre-Podiatric Medicine Advisement

Advisors: Les Pesterfield  

Contact: Dr. Les Pesterfield
Office: Kelly Thompson Hall 4011
Phone: 270-745-6246
Email: hpa@wku.edu
Website: http://www.wku.edu/wkuhpa

Students planning a career in podiatry should follow the pre-podiatric curriculum at Western Kentucky University that is basically the same as that outlined for pre-medicine students. All applicants to podiatry school must take the Medical College Admission Test.

Three years of undergraduate academic study are required; however, 97% of matriculants complete the B.S. degree and therefore it is recommended that students planning a career in podiatry complete the entire four-year curriculum and receive the Bachelor of Science degree before entering a college of podiatric medicine.

Please note: Recommended courses are based on WKU’s assessment of specific professional school requirements.  Students should, in consultation with their advisor, review the requirements at the professional school of their choice.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Advisement

Advisors: Fred DeGraves, Mike Stokes, Steve Huskey

Contact: Dr. Fred DeGraves
Office: Environmental Sciences & Technology Building 269
Phone: 270-745-3151
Email: hpa@wku.edu
Website: http://www.wku.edu/wkuhpa

Kentucky students have the opportunity to attend veterinary medical school at reduced tuition at Auburn University, Auburn, AL or Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, AL. The Commonwealth of Kentucky has made this possible through its participation with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). The State of Kentucky pays approximately $25,000 annually for each student at Auburn or Tuskegee. Each year the School of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn reserves 34-40 positions for students from Kentucky who meet admission requirements. If admitted, Kentucky students pay the same fees as Alabama residents. Two to six positions may also be available each year at Tuskegee Institute on the same basis.

The minimum education requirement for admission to the School of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, is the satisfactory completion of an approved curriculum at an accredited college or university. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 is required overall and for the required courses.

Students may apply to one or both institutions as they near completion of the pre-veterinary requirements. The GRE is required for both Auburn University and Tuskegee.

The following courses have been approved by Auburn University:

ENG 100Introduction to College Writing3
ENG 200Introduction to Literature3
ENG 300Writing in the Disciplines3
MATH 116College Algebra3
MATH 117Trigonometry (or higher level)3
HIST 101World History I3
or HIST 102 World History II
CHEM 120
CHEM 121
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
5
CHEM 222
CHEM 223
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Laboratory
5
CHEM 340
CHEM 341
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
5
CHEM 342
CHEM 343
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
5
PHYS 231
PHYS 232
Introduction to Physics and Biophysics I
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics I
4
PHYS 332
PHYS 233
Introduction to Physics and Biophysics II
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics II
4
BIOL 120
BIOL 121
Biological Concepts: Cells Metabolism and Genetics
and Biological Concepts: Cells, Metabolism, and Genetics Lab
4
BIOL 122
BIOL 123
Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology
and Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology Lab
4
ANSC 140
ANSC 141
Introduction to Animal Science
and Introduction to Animal Science Laboratory
4
ANSC 345Principles of Animal Nutrition3
BIOL 319
BIOL 322
Introduction to Molecular and Cell Biology
and Introduction to Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory
4
BIOL/CHEM 446Biochemistry I3
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
Music Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
COMM 145Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication3
Select 6 hours of 300-400 level science electives6
Select 6 hours of social science electives6
Total Hours86

This curriculum is planned for completion in three years. By choosing the correct electives in the pre-veterinary program and transferring credits for the first year of veterinary school to Western Kentucky University, students may receive the Bachelor of Science degree from WKU. This is a suggested curriculum; the sequence of courses may be varied to suit individual situations. Every effort is made to advise each student based upon the individual’s background and academic capability.

Please note: Recommended courses are based on WKU’s assessment of specific professional school requirements. Students should, in consultation with their advisor, review the requirements at the professional school of their choice.