Academic Programs Catalog

College of Natural Science

Undergraduate Programs

Predental Program

Students who meet the requirements for admission to the University as freshmen and sophomores, as shown in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog, may select the predental program in the College of Natural Science as their major preference.  Students who are enrolled in the predental program are enrolled in the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative, but receive academic advising through the college.

University regulations require that a student who has arrived at junior standing must select a major leading to a baccalaureate degree.  The College of Natural Science does not offer a bachelor's degree program for predental students.  Therefore, upon reaching junior standing, students who have been enrolled in the predental program must be admitted to a major in either the College of Natural Science or in another college in order to complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree, regardless of whether they have completed the requirements for the predental program.

Requirements for the Predental Program

1. A total of 60 credits in courses in the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and writing, including courses that are used to satisfy the University requirements and the courses that are listed below:
a. All of the following courses (31 credits):
BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
BS 171 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
BS 172 Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3
CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3
CEM 255 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
PHY 231 Introductory Physics I 3
PHY 232 Introductory Physics II 3
PHY 251 Introductory Physics Laboratory I 1
PHY 252 Introductory Physics Laboratory II 1
Some dental colleges do not require Chemistry 252.
b. 3 additional credits in general chemistry selected from the following courses: Chemistry 142, 152, and 162.
c. 3 credits in a biological science course in addition to Biological Science 161, 171, 162, and 172.
d. a minimum of 3 credits in statistics.
2. Students who are enrolled in the predental program should complete the University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog.
Students who are enrolled in the Predental Program in the College of Natural Science may complete an alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that consists of the following courses: Biological Science 161, 171, 162, and 172 and Chemistry 141.  The completion of Biological Science 171 satisfies the laboratory requirement.  Biological Science 161, 171, 162, and 172 and Chemistry 141 may be counted toward both the alternative track and the requirements for the predental program referenced in item 1. a. above.
A Tier I writing course is included in the University requirements.  Students who are enrolled in the predental program are required to meet the Tier II writing requirement approved for the student's major leading to the bachelor's degree.