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.
Next start date: 10/11/2023
Total classes: 41
Weeks per class: 7.5
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.
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:
How to apply
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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