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.