The Department of Biological Sciences offers outstanding preparation for a career in medicine or dentistry.  The suggested curriculum on the reverse side of this brochure fulfills the admissions criteria for both the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville schools of dentistry.  The Pre-Medicine curriculum is similar and is available on a separate guide.

  To be a competitive dental school applicant, students should adhere closely to the suggested Pre-Medicine / Pre-Dentistry curriculum, earn an overall GPA of at least 3.2, and earn a Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math (BCPM) GPA of at least 3.2.  A strong performance on the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is crucial.  The DAT is offered at Sylvan Learning Centers on computer, but you must apply to take the exam through the American Dental Association.  The objective is to take the DAT after the Spring semester of the Junior year, so the student should begin preparing for the examination as early as the Fall of the Sophomore year.  Dental schools use this national examination to compare applicants from different undergraduate institutions.  Presently a score of 18 is average for admission.



Suggested Curriculum



Fall Year 1 Hrs. Spring Year 1 Hrs.
BIO 100T Transitions BIO 216 Biological Inquiry & Analysis
BIO 115 The Cellular Basis of Life CHE 202 General Chem & Quantitative Analysis 5
CHE 201 General College Chemistry BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form and Function 4
ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing & Inquiry MAT 150 Algebra & Trigonometry or  
PSY 180 General Psychology or   MAT 250 Calculus & Analytical Geometry I 5
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking 3    
Total 16 Total 18
Fall Year 2   Spring Year 2  
BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form & Function 4 BIO 323 Cell Biology: Systems 3
BIO 300 Microbiology 4 CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 312 Organic Chemistry I & Lab 5 CHE 325 Organic Chemistry II Lab 3
PSY 180 General Psychology or   XXX XXX Global Awareness Elective 3
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking 3 CIV 201 or 202 World Civilization I or II 3
Total 16 Total 15
Fall Year 3   Spring Year 3  
BIO 321 Cell Biology: Mechanisms 3 BIO 333 Genetics 4
BIO 322 Animal Physiology 4 CHE 330 Basic Biochemistry 3
PHY 130/131 General Physics I & Lab 4 PHY 132/133 General Physics II & Lab 4
BIO 308 Ethics in Biology 3 HUM 211 The Western Tradition 3
    DAT Exam, May   
 Total 14   Total  14
Fall Year 4   Spring Year 4  
ENG 204 Advanced Expository Writing 3 BIO 499 Senior Seminar 1
MGT 250 Introduction to Management 3 BIO 320 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
XXX XXX Unrestricted Electives 6 BIO 421 Vertebrate Histology
STA 135 Intro to Prob & Statistics or   XXX XXX Electives to complete 120 hrs total &   
PSY 300 Principles of Statistical Analysis 3-4    42 hrs of upper level credit 2
Total 15-16 Total 12



For More Information Please Contact:

Department of Biological Science
Murray State University
2112 Biology Building
Murray, KY 42071-3346
Telephone: (270) 809-2786

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