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Pre-Dental Program

Curriculum

Preparatory Coursework

Natural Science
General Biology and/or Zoology with laboratory BIOL 111, 112, 113
General Chemistry with laboratory CHEM 111, 112, 113
Organic Chemistry with laboratory CHEM 371, 372, 373*
General Physics with laboratory PHYS 111, 112, 113, or 131, 132, 133
Biochemistry 381 and 482 OR Biochemistry 381 and Cell and Molecular Biology BIOL 320
Communication
English Composition ENGL 101, 102
Recommended Courses
Into to Accounting (3) ACCT 121
Ceramics (2) ART 141
Histology (5) BIOL 320 (prereq), BIOL 426
Introduction to Computers (3) CPTR 105
Nutrition (3) FCNT 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.

* The third quarter of Organic Chemistry lab (CHEM 373L) is not required.

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 or Biochemistry/Cell 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 381 and 482 or Biochemistry 381 and BIOL 320 (Cell and Molecular Biology) and other recommended courses (e.g., Histology), a student must finish the biology and chemistry sequences early. This requires doubling up 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 requires Organic Chemistry; Cell and Molecular Biology requires Biological Foundations and Biochemistry; and Histology requires Cell and Molecular Biology. This requires some organized pattern.

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. 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, it is usually recommended that the student complete Biological Foundations and take the Organic Chemistry sequence. This leaves General Physics and possibly Biochemistry for the junior year and Cell and Molecular Biology and Histology for the senior year.

Typical Class Schedule

Year Fall Winter Spring
Freshman CHEM 111 or BIOL 111
MATH 106 (if needed)
ENGL 101
Other
CHEM 112 or BIOL 112
ENGL 102
Other
CHEM 113 or BIOL 113
MATH 130
Other
Sophomore CHEM 111 or BIOL 111
CHEM 371
Other
CHEM 112 or BIOL 112
CHEM 372
Other
CHEM 113 or BIOL 113
CHEM 373
Other
Junior PHYS 111
CHEM 381
Other
PHYS 112
BIOL 320
Other
PHYS 113
CHEM 482
Other
Senior Other Other Other