The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS) supports Clemson University’s land-grant mission to provide education, research and service to the public. The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences serves more than 2,000 graduate and undergraduate students.
The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences is a multi-disciplinary college of life-based sciences that prepares students to be leaders and innovators in their chosen careers. The shared biological foundation of the CAFLS Departments stimulates student learning and undergraduate research across disciplines; increases opportunities for team-based faculty research across departments, colleges and institutions; and makes available the latest scientific knowledge for the greater benefit of society.
To assist students in achieving these goals, the William B. Bookhart Jr. Student Services Center provides academic advising and developmental services to promote success for students in the related degree programs. These services involve recruitment and retention, academic advising, multicultural affairs, study abroad, career development, and placement.
The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences is impacting the world one graduate at a time-from cell research to food production to packaged materials to the globe-developing partnerships for the future to make the world greener, healthier, tastier, and wealthier.
Modern Language Requirement
A number of Clemson University degree programs require the completion of a modern language through a specific course level. Modern languages taught at Clemson University or accepted for transfer credit include American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. While many degree programs accept any of these modern languages for the requirement, certain programs may have specific modern language requirements. Students should consult their program’s curriculum map for details.
Preprofessional Health Sciences - Veterinary Medicine
Under a regional plan, the South Carolina Preveterinary Advisory Committee coordinates a program for South Carolina residents who are interested in pursuing careers in veterinary medicine. South Carolina residents attending any college or university may apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Currently the University of Georgia admits up to 17 students each year through arrangements with the Southern Regional Education Board. The State of South Carolina has a contract with Mississippi State University to admit up to five South Carolina residents. The State of South Carolina also has a contract with Tuskegee University to admit up to four South Carolina residents. Application must be made directly to Tuskegee University.
Minimum requirements for admission to a college of veterinary medicine generally include the satisfactory completion of prescribed courses in a well-rounded undergraduate degree program. Specific requirements for admission to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine include the following undergraduate courses: six credits of English, 14 credits of humanities and social studies, eight credits of physics, eight credits of general biology, eight credits of advanced biology, three credits of biochemistry, and 16 credits of organic and inorganic chemistry. (Chemistry and physics courses must be at the premedical level; they may not be survey courses.)
To be in the best competitive position, applicants should complete courses in animal agriculture, genetics, nutrition, biochemistry, and advanced biology. Considerations for selection are character, scholastic achievement, personality, experience with large and small animals, general knowledge, and motivation. In the past, competition has been keen, and only those applicants who have shown exceptional ability have been admitted. Specific considerations may include a minimal grade-point average and completion of standardized tests such as the Graduate Record Examination and the Veterinary College Admission Test.
Since out-of-state students attending Clemson are ineligible to apply to the University of Georgia or Tuskegee University under the South Carolina quota, they should contact the college(s) of veterinary medicine to which they plan to apply. They may apply at the University of Georgia for at-large admission.
Veterinary schools accept students with a broad range of academic backgrounds; therefore, it is recommended that the beginning university student select any undergraduate major and simultaneously complete the courses required for veterinary school entrance and those required for completion of a BS or BA degree. For students selecting Animal and Veterinary Sciences or Biological Sciences at Clemson University, the basic curricula have been designed to accommodate Georgia’s entrance requirements. Further information is available from the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at 864-656-3427.