Pre-Dental Program


Dental Schools are looking for students who have completed a core of specific 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 science may vary by school.

Major Programs(80-85 semester hours)

Required Courses (25 semester hours)

BIOL 150 Ecology/Evolution (3)

BIOL 151 Beg. Invest, Exp. in Biology (2)

BIOL 160 Cell Biology (4)

BIOL 225 Genetics (4)

BIOL 345 Perspectives in Evolution (3)

BIOL 375 Advanced Investigative Experiences in Biology (3)

BIOL 376 Advanced Investigative Experiences in Biology (3)

BIOL 410 Senior Seminar (3)


Five elective biology courses, with at least three electives being 300- or 400-+ level.  Listed below are suggested ones based on admission requirements from selected dental schools.

Elective courses (18-22 semester hours)

BIOL 211 Microbiology (5)

BIOL 221 Human Anatomy (4)

BIOL  252 Human Physiology (4)

BIOL 314/5 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Lab (5)

BIOL 316 Embryology (4)

BIOL 321 Human Dissection Anatomy (3)

BIOL 322 Molecular Biology (4)

BIOL 343 Immunology (3)

Some would take Zoology and Botany but not more than one botany course.


Required Support Courses(37-38 semester hours)

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 226/7 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 170 Applied Calculus (4)


Math 175 Statistics (4)


MATH 181 Calculus with Analytical Geometry (5)


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