How Do I Change My Major?

Once you have determined the degree granting major you wish to pursue, you will need to officially change your major.

Changing your major is easy! You simply need to fill out a form or schedule an advising appointment with the advisor of your new major.

Fill Out the Form

  1. You will need to log into your MSU google account
  2. Fill out the Major Change Request Form

OR

Select the advisor in your new major and schedule an advising appointment

Preveterinary medicine is a nondegree-granting major designation. Once you have earned a total of 56 credits (typically completed at the end of your sophomore year), you must change your major to a degree-granting major. There is no preference for a particular major in the selection of candidates for admission to the DVM Program; we encourage you to investigate the many majors MSU has to offer. You can also attend the Marathon of Majors during fall and spring semester or meet with career services to explore majors and determine the best plan for your areas of interest.

While it is not necessary to complete a bachelor’s degree prior to applying and being admitted to the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s DVM Program, we strongly encourage students to select a major that would work as a parallel plan, in case you decide veterinary school is not the best educational pathway for you or you decide to take a gap year to acquire additional experience prior to your application to the DVM Program.

Most students choose animal science, but other majors include dietetics, education, psychology, zoology, and fisheries and wildlife. You may select any major that meets your educational interests, as long as you complete the prerequisite courses required for admission to the DVM Program. If you select a limited enrollment major, you may have to meet additional admission requirements.

Once you declare a major, you must meet with an advisor for that major plus remain in contact with your preveterinary advisors. Preveterinary advisors will continue to provide guidance to prepare you for a competitive application to the DVM Program.