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Biology/Pre-Dentistry Concentration

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Pre-Dentistry?

The Pre-Dentistry program at Ferris emphasizes natural science courses including biology, organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, human physiology, anatomy and physics. This program is designed to prepare you for qualifying exams (DAT) and for professional schools.

Get Accepted to Dental School

A letter of acceptance from a dental school doesn`t come easily. It requires effort, time and careful preparation. Professors and advisors with knowledge and expertise in this field are essential, and students get a helping hand into dental school from the professionals at Ferris.

In fact, professional training in the health fields has been a specialty at Ferris for more than 100 years. Graduates of the Pre Dentistry program at Ferris benefit from this rich history and take with them important hands-on skills as they pursue a position in dental school. Students must be aware that admission to dental schools is highly selective and the student must achieve a very high grade average and DAT score to be competitive. FSU graduates with this type of academic accomplishment experience a high rate of acceptance into dental schools.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics sub test scores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and a mathematics course or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

The Pre-Dentistry program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall and a minimum of 121 credits including completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. No grade lower than a 'C-' is acceptable in courses that apply to the major, supporting sciences, and application area of the program. At least 50% of the semester credits applying toward the Biology major must be completed at FSU with a minimum of 30 FSU credits overall.

Entrance to most dental schools is highly competitive. Most schools do not accept applicants who have less than a 3.5 college GPA. Applicants also must take qualifying exams (DAT) and be interviewed by dental school personnel. Students may earn only one B.S. degree in Biology from Ferris State University.

More Information

LEAD ADVISOR: Dr. Mary Murnik
PHONE: 231-591-2546
EMAIL:

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Kim Ducat
PHONE: 231-591-2745
EMAIL:  

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Jenice Winowiecki
PHONE: 231-591-2555
EMAIL:  

Department of Biological Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2004
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2550

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Pre-Dentistry BS, Biology - Minimum 121 Credits

Major - 36 Credits
General Biology 1
4
General Biology 2
4
Human Physiology-Anatomy 1
4
Human Physiology-Anatomy 2
4
Principles of Genetics
3
Current Topics in BIOL
2
Choose One:
General Microbiology
3
or
Microbiology and Immunology
5
Choose One:
Ecological Assessment
3
or
Environmental Conservation
3
or
Ecology
3

Biology Electives - 7-9 Credits
300 or higher (consult advisor) BIOL 370 Recommended
Choose from Biology Elective list below.

Supporting Sciences - 34-37 Credits
Trigonometry
3
General Chemistry 1
5
General Chemistry 2
5
Organic Chemistry 1
5
Organic Chemistry 2
5
Choose One:
Fund of Biochemistry
3
or
Biochemistry
4
Choose One Option:
PHYS 211 and PHYS 212 OR PHYS 241 and PHYS 242
Introductory Physics 1
4
Introductory Physics 2
4
General Physics 1
5
General Physics 2
5
Biology Application Area - 5 Credits
In addition to RMLS 122, choose at least one from the Application Area list below
Additional credits in BIOL courses may also be used.
Responding to Emergencies
2
Application Area - Consult with Advisor
Choose One:
Nutrition for Healthy Living
3
Biomechanics
3
Stats for the Life Sciences
3
Orientation to Medical Vocabul
1
Medical Terminology
4
Electives - 12-15 Credits to reach minimum of 121 Credits
Recommended:
Small Business Management
3

University General Education

This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators: C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
Biology Electives - Consult with Advisor
Pathophysiology
3
Exercise Physiology
4
Nutrition
3
Zoology
4
Evolution
3
Ornithology
3
Entomology
3
Environmental Regulations
3
Animal Behavior
3
Medical Parasitology
3
Plants and Fungi
4
Developmental Biology
4
Cell Biology
3
Forensic DNA Analysis
3
Endocrinology
3
Neurobiology
3
Medical Botany
3
Plant Physiology
4
Molecular Genetics
4
Recombinant DNA Lab
3
Proteins
3
Proteins Laboratory
3
Advanced Cell - Molecular Biol
3
Bioinformatics
3
Adv Techniques Biotechnology
2
Biological Research
1 TO 6
Special Topics in BIOL
1 TO 4
Biology Internship
1 TO 6
Special Studies in BIOL
1 TO 4