Online Bachelor of Science in Applied Biological Sciences – Pre-Dental

Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Science in applied biological sciences with a concentration in pre-dental program emphasizes a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, human biology and mathematics. In this program, you’ll complete specialized dental-specific courses and have opportunities for hands-on internships. Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to pursue an advanced degree in dentistry or a career in a dental-related field.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 03/11/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 41

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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Prepare for careers in dentistry

Longer life spans, a higher standard of living and an awareness of the importance of proper oral hygiene have resulted in a high demand for dentists and dental-related services in the U.S. In addition to the care of natural teeth associated with traditional dentistry, dental-related services, such as cosmetic dentistry, oral pathology, endodontics, periodontics, and pediatric dentistry, continue to expand rapidly.

This pre-dental bachelor’s degree prepares you for a wide variety of careers in the field of dentistry with hands-on science experience and specialized dental knowledge.

Biology, chemistry and more: What you’ll learn in this pre-dental degree concentration

 

This pre-dental degree concentration places significant emphasis on establishing a strong foundation in key scientific disciplines, such as biology, chemistry, human biology, physics and mathematics. These foundational subjects provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles that underpin dental practice. You’ll also develop a deeper knowledge of oral health and dental care with a variety of dental-specific courses.

Alongside your coursework, you’ll be provided with valuable opportunities to apply your theoretical knowledge and gain practical experience through internships within the dental field. This combination of general science and dentistry-specific coursework, as well as hands-on experience, assists you in the process of applying to dental school or launching your career in this high-demand industry.

Will a pre-dentistry major get me into dental school?

 

While this degree doesn’t automatically qualify you for dental school, the coursework and internship experience you’ll gain helps prepare you for the admission process. As every dental school has different admission requirements, such as shadowing experience, GPA and coursework, it’s important to research the specific requirements of the dental school you wish to apply for in advance.

With its emphasis on general biological sciences knowledge, this degree can also be beneficial for students planning to bypass dental school and begin their career.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Biological sciences and pre-dental courses

The coursework in this pre-dentistry concentration is designed to improve your chance of acceptance for dental school with a wide variety of science prerequisites, such as biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and physics. Specialized dental-related coursework, such as head and neck anatomy, oral microbiology, oral histology and soft tissues, provides you with the exposure and terminology needed in any dental interview setting.

While you can expect to complete nearly all of your classes online, it’s important to note that your organic chemistry lab course requires in-person attendance. All in-person work may be completed during a one-week session at ASU’s Tempe campus or at an approved accredited institution near your location.


ABS 311: Molecular and Cellular Biology


ABS 272: Discovering Dentistry


ABS 417: Comparative Immunology


ABS 422: Head and Neck Anatomy


ABS 490: Applied Biological Sciences Seminar


BCH 361: Advanced Principles of Biochemistry


MIC 205: Microbiology (SG)


MIC 206: Microbiology Laboratory (SG)


What jobs can you get with a pre-dental degree concentration?

Upon completion of this pre-dental degree, you’ll be prepared to extend your education with an advanced degree or pursue a career in a dental- or science-related field. Career examples include, but aren’t limited to:

Biologist


Growth: 3.9 %
Salary: $87,300

Dental Assistant


Growth: 6.9 %
Salary: $44,820

Dentist


Growth: 4.4 %
Salary: $155,040

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)


Growth: 5.7 %
Salary: $159,530

Health Technician (General)


Growth: 6.6 %
Salary: $44,990

Medical Doctor (MD)


Growth: 2.5 %
Salary: $214,460

Medical and Health Services Manager


Growth: 28.4 %
Salary: $104,830

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS)


Growth: 5.0 %
Salary: $0

Orthodontist


Growth: 4.5 %
Salary: $174,360

Learn from leading faculty

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields of work. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows.
  • American Psychological Association fellows.
  • Fulbright scholars.
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

Learn from leading faculty

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields of work. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows.
  • American Psychological Association fellows.
  • Fulbright scholars.
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

How to apply

I am a future

You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

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Competency requirements

Additional admission requirements

High school equivalency

Homeschool

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Study at a globally recognized university

ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report.

#1


in innovation for 9 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

Top 5


best online bachelor’s programs.

Top 10%


best global universities.

80%


of graduates reported their experiences at ASU inspired them to explore new career opportunities.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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