Pre-Dental Program

Curriculum

Preparatory Coursework

Natural Science
Biological Foundations with laboratory BIOL 111, 112, 113
General Chemistry with laboratory CHEM 111, 112, 113
Organic Chemistry with laboratory CHEM 371, 372, 373
General Physics or Physics with Calculus with laboratory PHYS 111, 112, 113, or PHYS 131, 132, 133
Biochemistry I and II CHEM 481 and 482 OR Biochemistry I CHEM 481 and Cell and Molecular Biology BIOL 320
Communication
English Composition ENGL 101, 102
Recommended Courses
Into to Accounting (3) ACCT 121
Ceramics (2) ARTF 222
Histology (5) BIOL 426
Introduction to Computers (3) CPTR 105
Nutrition (3) FDNT 235
Intro to Dentistry (2) GNRL 204
Calculus (4) MATH 131
Intro to Management (3) MGMT 261
General Psychology (4) PSYC 121
Religion
4 quarter hours per year of attendance at a church-related college

A minimum of a three-year pre-dentistry curriculum (144 quarter units) in an accredited college is required for acceptance. Students with a baccalaureate degree or on track to complete a degree are given preference.

Typical Schedule

As indicated in the predental course requirements listing, there are four science sequences of one year (Biological Foundations, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and General Physics) and two additional quarters of Biochemistry I and II OR Biochemistry I and Cell and Molecular Biology required. English 101 and 102 are also required for matriculation into the dental school. A sample schedule is shown below. Note that "other" in this case means major requirements, GE requirements, or electives with emphasis in that order. When choosing electives, consult the courses LLU recommends.

In order to take Biochemistry I CHEM 481, Biochemistry II CHEM 482, Cell and Molecular Biology BIOL 320, and certain recommended courses (e.g., Histology BIOL 426), a student must finish the Biological Foundations, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry sequences. This requires doubling up on science classes at least one year. Also, most classes have prerequisites: General Chemistry requires College Algebra (may be concurrently enrolled) or equivalent; Organic Chemistry requires General Chemistry; Biochemistry I and II require Organic Chemistry; Cell and Molecular Biology requires Biological Foundations and Biochemistry; and Histology requires Cell and Molecular Biology. Finishing these required science courses in four years requires that you chart out your class schedule several years in advance.

Finally, some skills (notably math and English) are required for success in any area and therefore should be mastered early on. Generally a student is recommended to take only one major science course the first quarter of their freshman year. For Biology majors, it is best to begin with Biological Foundations.  For other science and non-science majors, General Chemistry is one class that can be started as a freshman and, because it must be taken in sequence starting with first quarter, all students except those without sufficient mathematical preparation or who are majoring in biology are strongly encouraged to enroll in General Chemistry their first quarter. Biological Foundations is unique in that the ordering of the sequence is not important. Therefore, if a student does well taking General Chemistry their first quarter, it is recommended that Biological Foundations be added their second quarter (along with General Chemistry).

In the second year, a Biology major will take General Chemistry while other science and non-science majors will take Organic Chemistry.  Pre-dent students will want to have the core sciences (Biological Foundations, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry) completed by the end of his or her junior year.  This will ensure adequate preparation for the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) that is typically taken in the summer following the junior year.  A student must complete the other science requirements (General Physics, Biochemistry I, Biochemistry II and/or Cell and Molecular Biology) by the end of their senior year.   

Typical Class Schedule - Biology Major

Year Fall Winter Spring
Freshman BIOL 111
MATH 106 (if needed)
ENGL 101
Other
BIOL 112
ENGL 102
Other
BIOL 113
MATH 130
Other
Sophomore CHEM 111
Other
CHEM 112
Other
CHEM 113
Other
Junior CHEM 371
Other
CHEM 372
BIOL 320
Other
CHEM 373
Other
Senior CHEM 481
PHYS 111*
Other
PHYS 112
Other
PHYS 113
Other

Typical Class Schedule - Science and non-Science Majors

Year Fall Winter Spring
Freshman CHEM 111
MATH 106 (if needed)
ENGL 101
Other
CHEM 112
ENGL 102
Other
CHEM 113
MATH 130
Other
Sophomore BIOL 111
CHEM 371
Other
BIOL 112
CHEM 372
Other
CHEM 113
Other
Junior CHEM 481
PHYS 111**
Other
CHEM 482 or BIOL 320
PHYS 112
Other
PHYS 113
Other
Senior Other Other Other

**Physics and Biophysics majors will need to take Physics with Calculus (PHYS 211-212-213) in the first year.