Pre-Dental Curriculum

Students must complete 90 semester hours prior to matriculation into dental school. It is strongly recommended that students work toward the completion of a baccalaureate degree while completing the necessary pre-dentistry courses. A student should maintain a grade point average of “B” or better. The undergraduate program must include courses from the following list.

Degree Requirements

Biological Sciences (8 hours minimum)

BIOL 1450Biology I

5

BIOL 1750Biology II

5

Recommended Electives:

BIOL 2140Genetics

4

BIOL 2440The Biology of Microorganisms

4

BIOL 2740Human Physiology and Anatomy I

4

BIOL 2840Human Physiology and Anatomy II

4

BIOL 3020Molecular Biology of the Cell

3

BIOL 3240Introduction to Immunology

3

BIOL 4950Vertebrate Embryology and Anatomy

4

MATH-1310 or placement beyond, and CHEM-1140 and CHEM-1144 or placement beyond via the Chemistry Diagnostic Test are prerequisites for CHEM-1180 or CHEM-1184.

Chemistry (16 hours minimum)

CHEM 1180General Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 1184General Chemistry I Laboratory

1

CHEM 1190General Chemistry II

3

CHEM 1194General Chemistry II Laboratory

1

CHEM 2250Organic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 2260Organic Chemistry II

1

CHEM 2274Organic Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 3650Fundamentals of Biochemistry

3

CHEM 3654Fundamentals of Biochemistry Laboratory

1

MATH-1310 or placement beyond, and CHEM-1140 and CHEM-1144 or placement beyond via the Chemistry Diagnostic Test are prerequisites for CHEM-1180 and CHEM-1184.

Physics (8-10 hours)

PHYS 1110General Physics I with Algebra

4

PHYS 1154General Physics Laboratory I

1

PHYS 1120General Physics

4

PHYS 1164General Physics Laboratory II

1

Or

PHYS 2110General Physics 1 - Calculus Level

4

PHYS 2120General Physics - Calculus Level

4

Total Credit Hours:8-10
If student opts to take PHYS-2110 and PHYS-2120, they must also take PHYS-1154 (General Physics Laboratory I) and PHYS-1164 (General Physics - Laboratory II).

English Composition (6 hours)

ENGL 1150English Composition I

3

ENGL 1160English Composition II

3

ENGL 2400Advanced Composition

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Math and English placement determined by examination.

Humanities and Social Sciences 14-16 hours

Students should complete the distribution requirements in humanities and social sciences in this catalog.  Suggested courses include PSYC-1010, SOC-1010, ANTH-1050, ECON-2200, ECON-2220, as well as courses in English literature and political science. Business electives such as business law and accounting would also be helpful. Mathematics and statistics are usually required for a degree.