Dentistry

Northwestern’s pre-dental program prepares you for entrance into a college of dentistry and an eventual career as a doctor of dentistry. You may be accepted by a college of dentistry after three years of college (minimum of 90-semester hours), but the majority of those accepted have earned a B.A. degree. Specific course requirements vary somewhat between colleges of dentistry in different states. You should carefully target a particular school(s) and design your curriculum accordingly.

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Recommended courses

Courses in writing: 6 credits
BIO 115 - General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
An introduction to molecular and cellular biology,with an examinination of the processes common to living organisms, and introduction to the diversity of life, emphasizing unicellular organisms. This introduction will provide students with a basic understanding of macromolecules, cell structure and function, respiration and photosynthesis, the cell cycle, meiosis, the relationship between gene structure and function, mechanisms of evolutionary change and Christian perspectives on evolutionary biology. (4 credits) (NWCore option under Science and the Natural World)Note: Three lectures and 3 hours of laboratory per week.
BIO 116 - General Biology: Ecology and Organismal Biology
An introduction to organismal biology and ecology. Structure and function of representatives from the plant and animal kingdom are emphasized. In addition, students will be introduced to basic ecological concepts and Christian perspectives on stewardship. (4 credits)(NWCore option under Science and the Natural World)Note: Three lectures and 3 hours of laboratory work per week.
CHE 111 - General Chemistry
An introductory course in chemistry that emphasizes physical and inorganic concepts, problems and calculations. Topics include chemical reactions, stoichiometry, properties of gases, thermochemistry, theories of atomic structure, and chemical bonding. The general chemistry sequence (Chemistry 111 and Chemistry 112) is recommended for students with good math / science preparations who intend to proceed to advanced courses in chemistry, the biological sciences or engineering. Prerequisites: high school chemistry and ACT math score of at least 24 (SAT550 or above). (4 credits)Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week.
CHE 112 - General Chemistry
A continuation of Chemistry 111. Topics covered include kinetics, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, acid-base chemistry and nuclear chemistry. Prerequisite: CHE111 or consent of the instructor. (4 credits)Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week.
CHE 321 - Organic Chemistry
The study of carbon compounds and their functional groups, including nomenclature, synthesis, reactions, structures, mechanisms and spectroscopic analysis. Prerequisites: CHE102 or 112 or permission of instructor. (4 credits)Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week.
CHE 322 - Organic Chemistry
A continuation of the study of carbon compounds and their functional groups, including nomenclature, synthesis, reactions, structures, mechanisms and spectroscopic analysis. Prerequisite: CHE321. (4 credits)Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week.
PHY 111 - General Physics I
No course description available.
PHY 112 - General Physics II
A continuation of General Physics I. Topics will include simple harmonic oscillation, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, electromagnetism and modern physics.Prerequisite: successful completion of PHY111 with a grade of C- or better, or consent of department chair.(4 credits)

A minimum of one course in Biochemistry:

BIO 326x - Biochemistry:Proteins and Metabolism
A fundamental course surveying biomolecules, catabolism, bioenergetics and biosynthesis. Prerequisites: CHE321 and 322. (4 credits)Note: Includes 3 hours of lab per week.
CHE 326x - Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism
A fundamental course surveying biomolecules, catabolism, bioenergetics and biosynthesis. Prerequisites: CHE321 and 322. (4 credits)Note: Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week.
BIO 327 - Biochemistry: Molecular Genetics
No course description available.

Total credits recommended: 42

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