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2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Dental Studies

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CAS Science Faculty Advisors: Dr. Jessica Kelts, Dr. Steve Myers

The Council on Dental Education recommends that potential applicants for admission to dental schools seek a baccalaureate degree, although a few well-qualified students have entered dental schools without completing such a degree. Detailed information should be sought early from the professional schools to which the student may wish to apply for admission. Recommended courses for the pre-dental student are similar to those for the pre-medical student. (See “Medical Studies Information,” “Pre-Medicine.”) Pre-dental students may major in any discipline so long as the requirements of the dental program to which they are applying are fulfilled. Dental schools are looking for well-rounded students with broad, liberal arts backgrounds. Such a background can be demonstrated by pursuing a non-science major or minor, or focused sequences of courses in multiple disciplines.

Applicants for admission to dental school are evaluated on the basis of their academic performance and the reputation of the college they attended, as well as other available information. The Dental Admission Test is designed to assist prospective dental students, advisors, and dental schools in evaluating the probability of success of these students in dental school.

The dental schools of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and of the University of Detroit use the centralized application service of the American Association of Dental Schools. Each student who plans to apply for admission to dental school should seek the assistance and guidance of an advisor from the Biology or Chemistry/Biochemistry Departments at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Required: (58-67 credits)As a minimum, the following courses should be completed before applying to medical school:

  1. Biology.  BIO 111 , BIO 113 , BIO 326 , BIO 328 , BIO 405 , BIO 406 .
  2. Chemistry.  CHM 260 , CHM 261 , CHM 262 , CHM 263  or CHM 265 , CHM 330 , CHM 331 , CHM 332 , CHM 333 , CHM 450  and CHM 452 or CHM 350 .
  3. Math.   MTH 120  or placement into MTH 121 .
  4. Physics.  PHY 143 , PHY 145 ; or PHY 243 , PHY 245 .

Highly recommended courses (chosen in consultation with an advisor):

  1. Biology.  BIO 167 , BIO 168 , BIO 418 , BIO 419 , BIO 425 , BIO 433  or BIO 445 .
  2. Psychology.  PSY 100 .
  3. Sociology.  SOC 100 .
  4. Business.  BUS 110 , ACC 201 .

Additional coursework needed to complete a degree (chosen in consultation with an advisor):
To complete a Bachelors of Arts (BA) or Bachelors of Science (BS) degree, additional coursework is required. Students should choose one of the tracks listed below depending upon area of interest and intended specialization. The required courses listed above are common to all of the degree tracks in the College of Arts and Sciences.  To view the additional coursework specific to each degree track, see the individual Department’s program listings.

CAS Programs with Pre-Dental Concentrations:
General Biology-Pre Dental concentration (BS) 
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology - Pre-Dental Concentration (BS)  
Human Biology - Pre-Dental Concentration (BA)  
Biochemistry - Pre-Dental Concentration (BS)  
Chemistry - Pre-Dental Concentration (BA)     

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