Limited Enrollment Majors

In addition to meeting the Office of Admissions' transfer admission criteria, students applying for a direct transfer into one the following limited enrollment majors must meet the additional requirements as specified.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources majors

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) encourages transfer students with strong academic backgrounds in science and mathematics to apply to MSU to pursue majors within CANR. Because excellent math skills are important in these majors, transfer students are encouraged to complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying to Michigan State.

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College of Business majors

Applicable to students interested in majoring in accounting, finance, management, human resource management, marketing or supply chain management. Students interested in majoring in hospitality business should refer to the separate hospitality business requirements.

To be considered for admission into a major in MSU’s Eli Broad College of Business, students must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5, a minimum 3.5 GPA in the prerequisite courses, and no grade below a 2.5 in any individual prerequisite course. No grade below 3.5 in Accounting courses for students interested in Accounting.

Applicants with less than 56 transferable credits must have a competitive GPA in course work equivalent to:

  • College Algebra (MTH 103)
  • Computing Concepts (CSE 101)
  • Tier One Writing course (WRA 110-150)

Applicants with more than or equal to 56 transferable credits must have a competitive GPA in course work equivalent to:

Required:

  • Survey of Calculus (MTH 124)
  • Computing Concepts (CSE 101)
  • Tier One Writing course (WRA 110-150)
  • Financial Accounting (ACC 201)
  • Managerial Accounting (ACC 202)
  • Microeconomics (EC 201)
  • Macroeconomics (EC 202)

Preferred:

  • Business Communications (BUS 250)
  • Law, Policy, Ethics (GBL 295)

Please Note:  Student approaching 56 credits must be making forward progress toward completion of the coursework required at the 56 credit level mark.

Admission decisions are based primarily on cumulative University grade-point average and grades in the core courses listed above. Academic and non-academic factors and experiences will also be considered.

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College of Education majors

Applicable to students interested in majoring in education or special education-learning disabilities or admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.  Students interested in majoring in Kinesiology or Athletic Training should refer to their specific requirements.

Students interested in obtaining teacher certification must first submit an undergraduate application to the Office of Admissions. Students interested in elementary education should select one of the following majors: Education (for standard elementary education), Special Ed - Learning Disabilities (for special education), or Child Development (for early childhood combined with elementary teacher certification).  Students interested in secondary education should select the major corresponding to the subject they want to teach and check the box on the application indicating their interest in earning a teaching certificate.

The Office of Admissions will review the applicant’s eligibility for direct admission based on the following factors:

  • Completion of 42 transferable credits.
  • Minimum overall GPA of a 3.10 (including all courses, all attempts, and all schools attended).
  • Completion of course work equivalent to MSU’s Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures course Writing: Science and Technology (WRA 110)
  • Completion of College Algebra (MTH 103) or higher

Students who meet the direct admission criteria above will be asked to complete a College of Education supplemental application, pay a $20 essay scoring fee, and write a timed and proctored essay.   In addition, applicants must:

  • Register for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) before submitting the College of Education supplemental application form.  MTTC scores must be officially reported to MSU by the testing agency.  Passing scores for the PRE, all three subtests, must be received by MSU before the semester of matriculation to MSU. Alternative pass measures may be applied, including applicable ACT test scores.  Students who have taken the ACT test are encouraged to have their scores officially reported to MSU.  Applicants are strongly advised to prepare for the PRE using study guides and practice tests available through http://www.mttc.nesinc.com/MI_prepare_opener.asp
  • Submit final transcripts confirming final GPA and total credits to the Office of Admissions.
  • Submit documentation of hours of experience with special needs students, if applying for the special education major.

Please note that direct admission to the College of Education is competitive.  It is advantageous for students to adhere to the following timeline.  For further information or to request an appointment with an advisor contact the College of Education at (517) 353-9680.  Send email inquiries to Joella Cogan at coganj@msu.edu.


College of Education Admission Timeline

Fall Admission

Spring Admission

Summer Admission

Submit application to MSU

By March 1

By August 1

By December 1

Complete MTTC PRE test

By the last available test date in April

By the last available test date in October

By the last available test date in January

Submit supplemental application to the College of Education

By May 15

By November 1

By March 1

Complete proctored essay

By June 1

By November 15

By March 15

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College of Engineering majors

Applicable to students interested in majoring in applied engineering sciences, bio-systems engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, or mechanical engineering.

The College of Engineering encourages transfer applications from high-achieving students with demonstrated excellence in math and science. To be considered for direct admission into a major in the College of Engineering, applicants must have a 3.0 - 3.5 minimum GPA in technical courses, depending on which major they choose; however meeting the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission, which is competitive and based on available space.

To be considered for direct admission into the College of Engineering, students with 42 or more transferable credits must have equivalent course work completed in these prerequisite courses:

  • Calculus I (MTH 132)
  • Calculus II (MTH 133)
  • Multivariable Calculus (MTH 234)
  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (PHY 183)
  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (PHY 184)
  • Intro to Engineering Modeling (EGR 102). (Note: Computer Engineering and Computer Science students should complete CSE 231 and Electrical Engineering majors should take CSE 220 instead)
  • General Chemistry (CEM 141) and Chemistry Lab I (CEM 161)*
  • Chemical Engineering Students are strongly recommended to complete Organic Chemistry I (CEM 251) especially if you are a direct admit candidate at 42 or more credits.
*Computer Science majors are not required to take the General Chemistry or Chemistry Lab I requirements.

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James Madison College majors

James Madison College admission is based on space availability and the competitiveness of the applicant pool.

More information can be found on the James Madison College website. Questions? Contact the JMC Admissions Office at (517) 353-5260 or jmcadmin@msu.edu.

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College of Natural Sciences and Premedical

The College of Natural Science encourages transfer students with strong academic backgrounds in math and science to apply to MSU to pursue majors within the College along with pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-optometry, or other pre-professional health tracks overseen by the College (http://ns.msu.edu/index.php/students/preprofessional/). Because excellent math skills are important in these majors and pre-professional tracks, transfer students are highly encouraged to complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying to Michigan State.

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Nursing, Traditional

Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 start in Current Curriculum
To be considered for direct admission into the College of Nursing for the Traditional Nursing Program for Spring 2015 and Fall 2015, applicants must have completed at least 56 transferable credit hours and a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 is required.  Students should also have completed the prerequisite courses for the nursing program listed below by the end of the semester of application.

  • Writing: Science and Technology (WRA 110)
  • Intro to Psychology (PSY 101)
  • Cells and Molecules (BS 161)
  • General Chemistry (CEM 141)
  • Organic Chemistry (CEM 143)
  • Statistical Methods (STT 200 or 201)
  • Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and lab (MMG 201 and 302 or 301 and 302)
  • Introductory Physiology (PSL 250 or PSL 310)
  • Ecology of Lifespan Human Development in the Family (FCE 225 or HDFS 225)
  • Pathophysiology (NUR 300)
  • Introduction to Human Nutrition (HNF 260 or HNF 311)
  • Human Gross Anatomy and Structural Biology (ANTR 350)

Students with at least 56 transferable credit hours meeting the prerequisite course requirements and minimum GPA must also submit a supplemental application to the College of Nursing.  This application is available at http://www.nursing.msu.edu. The College of Nursing supplemental application deadlines are:

  • March 1 for fall (late August) admission consideration
  • October 1 for spring (January) admission consideration

For more information, prospective students are encouraged to visit http://nursing.msu.edu.

Students applying for direct admission into the Nursing program are encouraged to complete the Integrative Studies requirements in the Arts and Humanities (IAH) and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (ISS) prior to matriculation at MSU.  These are not prerequisite courses for admission, however.

Applicants with fewer than 42 transferable credits may apply for admission to MSU as a prenursing student. This will allow access to the remaining coursework that must be met to be eligible to apply to the nursing program.

Fall 2015 and beyond start in NEW Curriculum
To be considered for direct admission into the College of Nursing for the Traditional Nursing Program for Fall 2015 and beyond, applicants must have completed at least 28 transferable credit hours and a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 is required.  Students should also have completed the prenursing admission prerequisites for the nursing program listed below by the end of the semester of application.

  • Writing: Science and Technology (WRA 110)
  • College Algebra (MTH 103)
  • General Chemistry (CEM 141)
  • Cells and Molecules (BS 161)
  • Human Gross Anatomy and Structural Biology (ANTR 350)

Students with at least 28 transferable credit hours meeting the prerequisite course requirements and minimum GPA must also submit a supplemental application to the College of Nursing.  This application is available at http://www.nursing.msu.edu. The College of Nursing supplemental application deadlines are:

  • May 1 for fall (late August) admission consideration
  • December 1 for spring (January) admission consideration

For more information, prospective students are encouraged to visit http://nursing.msu.edu.

Students applying for direct admission into the Nursing program are encouraged to begin working on the Integrative Studies requirements in the Arts and Humanities (IAH) and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (ISS) prior to matriculation at MSU.  These are not prerequisite courses for admission, however.

Applicants with fewer than 42 transferable credits may apply for admission to MSU as a prenursing student. This will allow access to the remaining coursework that must be met to be eligible to apply to the nursing program.

Nursing, BSN for Registered Nurses

To be considered for direct admission into the College of Nursing for the BSN for Registered Nurses Program, applicants must have a diploma or Associates Degree in Nursing, be licensed as a Registered Nurse to practice in the United States, and a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 is required.  Students should also have completed the prerequisite courses for the nursing program listed below by the start date of the program.

  • Writing: Science and Technology (WRA 110)
  • General Chemistry & lab (CEM 141 & CEM 161)
  • Statistical Methods (STT 200 or 201)
  • Microbiology and Molecular Genetics & lab (MMG 201 & MMG 302) 
  • Introductory Physiology (PSL 250 or PSL 310)
  • Human Gross Anatomy and Structural Biology (ANTR 350)
  • Ecology of Lifespan Human Development in the Family (FCE 225 or HDFS 225)
  • Intro to Psychology (PSY 101)
  • Integrative Studies in Social Science (ISS 2XX)

Students applying for direct admission into the Nursing program are encouraged to complete the Integrative Studies requirements in the Arts and Humanities (IAH). These are not prerequisite courses for admission, however.

Students meeting the prerequisite course requirements should submit a supplemental application to the College of Nursing after applying to MSU. The College of Nursing reviews the supplemental application on a rolling basis and admits students for summer, fall, and spring admission.

Nursing, Accelerated

To be considered for direct admission into the College of Nursing for the Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited and recognized college or university and have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 from the bachelor’s degree is required.  Students must also complete prerequisite course work equivalent to the course work listed below (as determined by the College of Nursing) by the start date of the program (mid-May). Anatomy 350 and Physiology 250 (or 310) must be completed at the time of application.  

  • Intro to Psychology (PSY 101)
  • General Chemistry (CEM 141)
  • Statistical Methods (STT 200 or 201)
  • Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG 201) 
  • Introductory Physiology (PSL 250 or PSL 310)
  • Ecology of Lifespan Human Development in the Family (FCE 225 or HDFS 225)
  • Pathophysiology (NUR 300)
  • Introduction to Human Nutrition (HNF 311 or HNF 260)
  • Human Gross Anatomy and Structural Biology (ANTR 350)

Students meeting the prerequisite course requirements should submit a supplemental application to the College of Nursing after applying to MSU.  The College of Nursing supplemental application deadline is December 1 for summer (May) admission consideration.

For more information, prospective students are encouraged to visit http://nursing.msu.edu.

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Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) majors

Residential College in the Arts and Humanities admission is based on space availability and the competitiveness of the applicant pool.

More information can be found on the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities website. Questions? Contact the RCAH Admissions Office at 517-355-0210 or http://rcah.msu.edu/contact.

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Advertising

Students interested in pursuing the ADV Major need to have the following courses completed with a 2.0 average by the time they reach 56 credits:

  • Principles of Advertising (ADV 205)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101)

Students with 28 or more transferable credits  who have satisfied the above  requirements will be admitted directly to the major.

Students with 56 or more transferable credits that do not meet these requirements will need to select an alternative major at MSU.

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Apparel and Textile Design

To be eligible for admission to the Apparel and Textile Design BFA program, a student must have completed or be currently enrolled in the following courses.

  • ATD 111, 222, 323
  • STA 110, 112, 113, 114

When eligible, the student will participate in the BFA Portfolio Review. The review is held each Fall and Spring semester and is completed by current Apparel and Textile majors at MSU (not prior to transfer to MSU). Some exceptions for the application semester may be considered for transfer students. The review consists of an application, written statement of intent, digital portfolio of art and design work, and a presentation to a committee of faculty. Students may participate in the review once more if not accepted the first application.

For further information, visit www.art.msu.edu or contact Art, Art History, and Design academic adviser Britta Urness (urness@msu.edu).

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Child Development

Child Development majors interested in having their concentration in Preschool Education do not have additional criteria for their admission.

To be considered for admission into the Child Development major with a concentration in Elementary Education, students with 42 or more transferable credits must meet all of the criteria for admission to the Teacher Certification program, outlined in the College of Education section.

Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies for information. (Please note, the department website may not work on some browsers).

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Construction Management

To be eligible to pursue Construction Management courses efficiently, students must have an overall 3.0 GPA, with a minimum 2.0 in all prerequisite course work. Students with 56 or more transferable credits must have equivalent course work completed in these prerequisite courses:

  • Survey of Calculus with Applications (MTH 124) or Calculus I (MTH 132)
  • Intro to Physics (PHY 231) or Physics for Scientists and Engineers (PHY 183)

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Dietetics

Transfer students at the junior+ level with a cumulative GPA of 3.1+, may be admitted to Dietetics. Students with 42 or more transferable credits must have equivalent course work completed in these prerequisite courses:

  • General Chemistry (CEM 141)
  • Chemistry Laboratory I (CEM 161)
  • Survey of Organic Chemistry (CEM 143 or 252)
  • College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116)
  • Statistical Methods (STT 200) or Statistical Methods (STT 201) or STT GCU

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Hospitality Business

To be considered for admission into hospitality business, students with 56 or more transferable credits must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and no grade below a 2.0 in any individual prerequisite course.
Applicants with more than 56 transferable credits must have completed course equivalents for four of the following six prerequisite courses:

  • College Algebra (MTH 103) or Finite Mathematics and Elements of College Algebra (MTH 110) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) or Survey of Calculus I (MTH 124) or Calculus I (MTH 132)
  • Principles of Financial Accounting (ACC 201)
  • Introduction to Microeconomics (EC 201)
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics (EC 202)
  • Computing Concepts and Competencies (CSE 101)
  • Statistical Methods (STT 200 or STT 201) or Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Business (STT 315)

Applicants also must complete two of these courses if available at their home institution:

  • Management of Lodging Systems (HB 237)
  • Food Management: Safety and Nutrition (HB 265)
  • Management of Food and Beverage Systems (HB 267)

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Interior Design

To be eligible for admission as a junior to the Interior Design program, a student must complete the following courses and may submit a portfolio for review:

  • Design for Living (IDES 140)
  • Design Theory Studio (IDES 142)
  • Interior Design Drafting (IDES 150)
  • Interior Environments (IDES 152)
  • Computer-Aided Design for Designers (IDES 240)
  • CAD and Structural Systems (IDES 250)
  • Interior Design Synthesis I (IDES 252)
  • Textile Materials (ATD 231)
The top 20 junior applicants are admitted to continue in the program. It is recommended to transfer to MSU to complete the appropriate course work after one year if the equivalent courses are not available at their host institution. Interior Design majors wishing to receive guidance with curricular matters may contact Jeane Kring at (517) 432-3393.

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Journalism

Students interested in pursuing the JRN Major need to have the following prerequisite courses completed with a 2.5 GPA and a minimum grade in each course of 2.0:

  • Completion of Journalism 108
  • Completion of Journalism 200

Students with 28 or more transferable credits who have satisfied the above requirements will be admitted directly to the major.

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Kinesiology and Athletic Training

Kinesiology and Athletic Training majors must have an overall 2.0 GPA and complete the following five-course core with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in each class by the time they reach junior status (56 credits):

  • College Algebra (MTH 103)
  • General Chemistry (CEM 141)
  • Applied Human Anatomy (KIN 216) or Human Gross Anatomy (ANTR 350)
  • Introduction to Physics (PHY 231)
  • Introductory Physiology (PSL 250)

To be considered for direct admission into Kinesiology or Athletic Training, transfer students with more than 55 credits must meet the requirements listed above.

Athletic Training majors can apply for formal admission to the major professional track no earlier than February of the sophomore year.  Applicants must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.  In addition to the five-course core, applicants must also complete the following courses (12 credits) with a minimum average GPA of 2.5 for the 12 credits:

  • First Aid and Personal Safety (KIN 125)
  • Introduction to Athletic Training (KIN 126)
  • Taping and Bracing in Athletic Training (KIN 127)
  • Observation/Introduction to Clinical Skills in AT (KIN 227 - two semesters)
  • Pathology of Sports Injury (KIN 320)
Prospective students are encouraged to visit www.education.msu.edu/kin or contact an academic advisor as listed on the website.

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Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture is a limited enrollment, five year program. To be considered for admission at the junior level a student must have completed the following courses:

  • A composition course equivalent to MSU’s WRA 110 - 150 or WRA 195H
  • First integrative Social sciences requirement (ISS 200-level course)
  • General Chemistry (CEM 141)
  • Chemistry Laboratory I (CEM 161)
  • Plant Biology (PLB 105)
  • Plant Biology Laboratory (PLB 106)
  • Computer-Aided Design for Designers (IDES 240)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116)
  • Graphics and Two-Dimensional Design Studio (LA 140)
  • Introduction to Landscape Architecture (LA 200)
  • Graphics and Three-Dimensional Design Studio (LA 141)
  • Planning and Design Digital Graphics (PDC 120)
  • Landscape Plants II (HRT 212)
  • Site Construction Materials and Methods (LA 230)
  • Creating Space Studio (LA 242)
  • Landscape Plants I (HRT 211)
  • Landscape Site Engineering (LA 231)
  • Place Making Studio (LA 243)
  • Landscape Design and Management Specifications (HRT 311)
  • People and Environment I (ISS 310)
Up to 18 junior applicants are admitted to continue in the program. It is recommended to transfer to MSU to complete the appropriate coursework after one year if the equivalent courses are not available at their host institution. Landscape Design majors wishing to receive guidance with curricular matters may contact Jeane Kring at (517) 432-3393.

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Music (Music Composition, Music Education, Jazz Studies, General Music, BA)

The MSU College of Music requires an admissions audition prior to enrollment.  These auditions generally take place in January or February.  To request an audition, music applicants are to file the Supplemental Music Application found online at www.music.msu.edu/admissions, where students will find the application and other important information such as application instructions, decision timelines, audition expectations and much more.

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Packaging

To be considered for admission into the School of Packaging, students must have an overall 2.9 GPA, with a minimum 2.0 in all prerequisite course work. Students with 56 or more transferable credits must have equivalent course work completed in these prerequisite courses:

  • General Chemistry (CEM 141)
  • Calculus 1 (MTH 132)
  • Calculus 2 (MTH 133)
  • Intro to Physics (PHY 231) or Physics for Scientists and Engineers (PHY 183)
Additional question about the Packaging major can be directed to roubosga@msu.edu.

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Social Work

To be considered for admission into the School of Social Work, students must have an overall 2.75 GPA. Students with 56 or more transferable credits must have equivalent course work completed in these prerequisite courses:

  • Intro to Psychology (PSY 101)
  • Intro to Sociology (SOC 100)
  • Intro to Social Work (SW 200)
  • Intro to Microeconomics (EC 201) or Intro to Macroeconomics (EC 202)
  • Intro to American National Government (PLS 100)
  • Applications of Biomedical Sciences (ISB 204), Introductory Physiology (PSL 250), Brain and Behavior (PSY 209), or Fundamental Genetics (ZOL 341)
  • A 200-level psychology (PSY) course

Students with 42 transferable credit hours meeting the direct admission criteria above will receive a School of Social Work application. Application review begins in the spring for fall admission until full.

The School of Social Work’s required supplemental application and related process can be found online at http://socialwork.msu.edu/basw/for_current_students.php

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Studio Art (Bachelors of Fine Arts)

To be eligible for admission to the Studio Art BFA program, a student must have completed or be currently enrolled in the following courses.

  • STA 110, 112, 113, 114
  • One 300-level painting or printmaking course
  • One 300-level ceramics or sculpture course
  • One 300-level graphic design, photography or electronic art course

and

  • One 300-level STA course in a media discipline not yet taken

When eligible, the student will participate in the BFA Portfolio Review. The review is held each Fall and Spring semester and is completed by current Apparel and Textile majors at MSU (not prior to transfer to MSU). Some exceptions for the application semester may be considered for transfer students. The review consists of an application, written statement of intent, digital portfolio of art and design work, and a presentation to a committee of faculty. Students may participate in the review once more if not accepted the first application.

For further information, visit www.art.msu.edu or contact Art, Art History, and Design academic adviser Britta Urness (urness@msu.edu).

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Theatre (Bachelors of Fine Arts)

To be considered for admission into the Department of Theatre BFA program, students must have a minimum 2.0 in all Theatre course work. Admission to the program is by audition and portfolio review. Please contact the Department of Theatre in order to schedule the audition/interview at theatre@msu.edu.

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Veterinary Technology

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required. Prospective transfer students should have the following transfer equivalents completed prior to matriculating to MSU for fall semester:

  • A composition course equivalent to MSU’s WRA 110 or WRA 195H
  • MTH 103 or MTH 110 or MTH 116 or higher
  • Cell and Molecular Biology (BS 161)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory (BS 171)
All other program-related courses may be completed once a student has matriculated to MSU.

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