USF’s Biology-Pre-Dentistry program well-prepares students for the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) and the demands of dental school, as well as research. The program closely mirrors the Pre-Medical and Physician Assistant programs, giving students various options for graduate study in the medical field.
Career opportunities exist in athletics, public health, disease control, anthropology, forensics, oral biology, research and animal dentistry among other areas. Various directions in dentistry include pediatrics, gerontology, orthodontics, maxillofacial surgery, holistic dentistry, oral health care, anesthesiology, cleft palate and craniofacial reconstruction, restoration dentistry, orofacial pain, and laser surgery.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students are proficient in critical, analytical, and integrative thinking in the sciences.
- Students use the scientific method to conduct hypothesis-driven research or complete a science-based service project.
- Students demonstrate global consciousness, social responsibility, and ethical awareness in the pursuit of science.
- Students demonstrate leadership and the ability to work in teams.
- Students are proficient presenting scientific information in oral and written form.
- Students demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts and principles of biology.
- Students are confident, satisfied, and well-prepared to undertake careers in the biological sciences.
The B.S. in Biology-Pre-Dentistry degree requires 128 credit hours:
- 36-37 credit hours of Franciscan Core general education courses
- 62 credit hours of prescribed courses in biology, chemistry, and physics,
- a minimum of 9 credit hours of directed electives in biology,
- elective courses to reach 128 credit hours, including recommended courses required as prerequisites by some dental schools.
Program of Study
- Major core: BIOL 190, BIOL 191 (Prin. of Bio. I & II), BIOL 226 (Micro.), BIOL 271/2 (Mamm. A&P I with lab) or BIOL 349 (Vert. Phys.), BIOL 273/4 (Mamm. A&P II with lab) or BIOL 290 (Comp. Anat.), BIOL 295 (Genetics), BIOL 296/7 (Ecol. & Div. with Lab), BIOL 350 (Cell), BIOL 366 (Exp. Des.), BIOL 401 (Sen. Cap.), SCIE 480 (Sci. Seminar), CHEM 141, CHEM 142 (Prin. of Chem. I & II), CHEM 241, CHEM 242 (Organic I, II), CHEM 333 (Biochem.), CHEM 367 (Biotech. Lab), PSYC 121 (Gen. Psyc.), MATH 133 (Alge.&Trig.), SCIE 257, SCIE 258 (Physics I & II), PSYC 121 (Gen. Psychology)
- Major Directed electives, 9 credit hours minimum from: BIOL 227 (Mar. Biol.), [BIOL 257 (Bio. Field Studies), or BIOL 439 (Ornith.)], BIOL 344 (Dev. Bio.), BIOL 347 (Invert.), BIOL 348 (Animal Behav.), BIOL 351 (Cell Lab), BIOL 440 (Mol. Bio.), BIOL 352 (Adv. Top. Term. Med.), BIOL 421 (Ecol.), BIOL 438 (Evol.), BIOL 465 (Adv. Phys/Patho.), BIOL 471 (Immuno), BIOL 474 (Virol.), BIOL 481 (Bio. Sem.), BIOL 496/9 (Special Problems)
- Major electives, 16 credit hours: MATH 302 (Stats.) recommended
Applicants must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements. To be successful in this rigorous program students should have a strong background in biology, chemistry, physics and math. It is suggested students rank in the upper half of their high school graduation class, have a GPA of at least 2.3 on a 4.0 scale and earn a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) re-centered score of 1,000 or above (Verbal/Critical Reading and Math combined) or an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 21 or above.
Pre-Dentistry biology majors must maintain a Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in all major courses required by the major, including directed electives. These major courses may be repeated only once.
Students not meeting the progression standards can change major to B.S. in Biology or other program at USF.
Pre-Dentistry biology majors are required to pass an exit exam by the end of their senior year.