Pre-Dental Program

Pre-Dental Curriculum

The University of St. Francis offers excellent undergraduate preparation for dental and other health related professional schools. USF does not offer a specific “pre-dent” major. Few colleges in the United States do because there is not a specific major required for admission to dental school.

USF does offer a biology degree with a pre-professional track for students interested in pursing careers in dentistry. Therefore, USF students complete a core of courses which prepare them for entrance into professional school and still enjoy the freedom and flexibility to design a curriculum in advanced science courses which are appropriate to their interests.

Dental schools are looking for students who have completed a core of specific course work in biology, chemistry, math and physics and who have performed at a high academic level. Dental schools may also require volunteer work or other specific types of clinical experience outside the classroom. In addition, coursework required in the humanities and social sciences may vary by school.


BIOL 124/5 Principles of Biology I and Lab (4)
BIOL 126/7 Principles of Biology II and Lab (4)
BIOL 211 Microbiology (5)
BIOL 221 Human Anatomy (4)
BIOL 252 Human Physiology (4)

BIOL 331 Botany (4)
BIOL 361 Ecology (4)

BIOL 350 Genetics (4)

BIOL 410 Senior Seminar (3)
BIOL 411/2 Senior Thesis I & II (3) (Required of Biology Fellows)


BIOL 311 Pathophysiology (3)
BIOL 322 Molecular Biology (4)
BIOL 321 Human Dissection Anatomy (3)
BIOL 342 Medical Microbiology (4)
BIOL 343 Immunology (4)
BIOL 353 Endocrinology (3)
BIOL 480-483 Selected Topics (3-4)


CHEM 121/3 General Chemistry I  and Lab (5)
CHEM 122/4 General Chemistry II and Lab (5)
CHEM 224/5 Organic Chemistry I and Lab (5)
CHEM 326/7 Organic Chemistry II and Lab (5)
CHEM 322/3 Biochemistry and Lab (5)
PSCI 111 General Physics I (4)
PSCI 112 General Physics II (4)
MATH 181 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5)


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