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Biochemistry Prerequisite Topic Requirements

The Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine Program prerequisite requirement for biochemistry is at least 5 credit hours of upper level undergraduate biochemistry course work taught at a level to prepare pre-professional students for careers in medicine, veterinary medicine and the like that encompasses the major areas of biochemistry. We only accept lecture hour courses as equivalent to the 5 hour prerequisite course requirement. Model texts for this purpose include "Biochemistry" 3rd edition by Berg, Tymoczko and Stryer, Freeman and Company, New York, 2002 and "Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry" 4th edition, Nelson and Cox, Freeman and Company, New York, 2005. Satisfactory prerequisite courses must include all of the topics listed below.

  1. Chemistry of water
  2. Bioenergetics
  3. Molecular structure and function: proteins, fats, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, enzymes, ion channels and pumps, structural molecules including glycoproteins, glycosaminoglycans and the like
  4. Comprehensive coverage of intermediary metabolism including glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, glycogen synthesis, glycogenolysis, pentose phosphate pathway, Krebs cycle, fatty acid synthesis, fatty acid oxidation, protein catabolism, urea cycle and oxidative phosphorylation.
  5. Protein synthesis
  6. Biosynthesis of membrane lipids and steroids
  7. Nucleic acid replication, recombination and repair
  8. Control of gene expression
  9. Signal transduction

Up to two credit hours of this requirement may be met by substituting cell biology, molecular biology or molecular endocrinology courses. 

Anyone wishing to utilize one of the three courses specified above in addition to the Biochemistry course already taken must submit both syllabi from the Biochemistry course as well as one of the suggested three courses to ymbrinkman@cvm.tamu.edu. In the "Subject" portion of your e-mail, please specify that this is a "Biochemistry Evaluation" needed for applying to the College of Veterinary Medicine's DVM Program. 

Please do not wait until you are applying to have this evaluation done.