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Pre-Dentistry Concentration

This instructional program fully prepares individuals for admission to a professional school in dentistry. By completing the requirements of the bachelor's of science in biology with the pre-dentistry concentration, students will complete all of the minimum prerequisites and upper level electives suggested by dental schools across the United States. The courses selected provide a foundation of knowledge in modern dentistry, essential for understanding dental science. The curriculum of general education and biology majors courses, combined with the mathematics, chemistry and physics components, provides the background essential to understanding the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies.

General education requirements are the same as for all students seeking a bachelor's degree in biology. Through proper planning with a School of Biological Sciences adviser, biology majors can use their elective general education requirements to complete the healing and humanities minor.

A. Biology course requirements

1. Core courses (17 credit hours)

BIOLOGY 108       General Biology I                 3
BIOLOGY 108L      General Biology I Laboratory      1
BIOLOGY 109       General Biology II                3
BIOLOGY 109L      General Biology II Laboratory     1
BIOLOGY 202       Cell Biology                      3
BIOLOGY 206       Genetics                          3
LS-BIOC 341       Basic Biochemistry                3

2. Concentration course requirements (17 credit hours)

LS-ANATO 118      Introductory Anatomy              3
LS-PHYS 316       Principles of Physiology          3
LS-MCRB 313       Introduction to Microbiology      3
BIOLOGY 409       Developmental Biology             3
BIOLOGY 328       Histology                         2
LS-MCRB 435 or    Immunology orLS-BIOC 430       Molecular Biology and
                   Genetic Engineering              3

3. Required laboratory courses ( BIOLOGY 328WL must be taken using the writing intensive option.)

BIOLOGY 328WL     Laboratory in Histology and
                   Cellular Ultrastructure (WI)     3
LS-ANATO 118L     Introductory Anatomy Laboratory   2

4. Biology Synthesis requirement (Choose a total of 3 credit hours)

BIOLOGY 498WI     Critical Analysis of
                   Biological Issues                3
LIFE-SCI 490WI    Senior Seminar                    3
LIFE-SCI 499      Undergraduate Research          1-3
LIFE-SCI 497      Special Topics                  1-3

5. Students must complete additional biology majors coursework to total 42 credit hours of biology courses with grades of C- or better. At least 26 of these must be at the 300- or 400-level. A minimum of 21 credit hours of biology courses must be taken from the School of Biological Sciences.  The UM biology GPA must be at least 2.0.

B. Physical sciences and mathematics requirements

All of the following courses are required. A grade of C- or better is required in each course used to fulfill these requirements.

MATH 216 or MATH 210   Biomath I or Calculus I           4
MATH 226 or MATH 220   Biomath II or Calculus II
or STAT 235 or Elementary Statistics 3-4 PHYSICS 210 or General Physics I orPHYSICS 240 Physics for Science and Engineering I 4-5 PHYSICS 220 or General Physics II orPHYSICS 250* Physics for Science and Engineering II* 4-5 CHEM 211 General Chemistry I 4 CHEM 211L Experimental General Chemistry I 1 CHEM 212R General Chemistry II 4 CHEM 212LR Experimental General Chemistry II 1 CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry I 3 CHEM 321L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1 CHEM 322R Organic Chemistry II 3 CHEM 322L Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1

*Students may choose LIFE-SCI 401, Biophysical Principles (3 credit hours) as an alternative to PHYSICS 250.

A minimum of 120 credit hours is required; and 36 of these must be at the junior/senior level.