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Option Pre-Dentistry/Biology Undergraduate Option  

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This option is offered within the following major(s):
Biology - College of Science

The Pre-Dentistry/Biology option is designed to meet the requirements for most dental schools in the U.S., but students should consult the requirements for specific schools before they apply because requirements can change. The option couples the comprehensive biological sciences background of the Biology major with human physiology laboratory experiences and important social science requirements. Dedicated health profession advisors work with Pre-Dentistry/Biology option students to integrate essential professional experiences during their time at OSU.

Options in the Biology major require fifteen or fewer additional credits (one term) beyond the basic Biology major, and most students can complete the additional Pre-Dentistry/Biology option course work in four years. Courses used to satisfy the Pre-Dentistry/Biology option requirements also satisfy the Organismal Biology, Physiology, Writing Intensive Course and Upper-division Science Electives requirements in the Biology major. Several courses may also be used to satisfy areas of the baccalaureate core.

Students interested in private practice should also consider taking BA 215 Fundamentals of Accounting (3) or BA 260 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (4).

It is recommended that Pre-Dentistry/Biology option students take COMM 218 *Interpersonal Communication (3) to complete the Biology major baccalaureate core communications requirement.

The option sections and courses within them are arranged in the order they are generally completed.

For further information, see MyDegrees or the Integrative Biology website at

Core (26 credits)

BI 107. Health Professions: Dental (1) [Terminated summer 2017]
PHL 205. *Ethics (4)
   or PHL/REL 444. *Biomedical Ethics (4)
PSY 201, 202. *General Psychology (3,3)
BI 331, BI 332, BI 333. Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology (3,3,3)
BI 341, BI 342, BI 343. Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (2,2,2)

Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

Select one course from the following:
BB/BI 317. ^Scientific Theory and Practice (3)
BI/Z 319. ^Critical Thinking and Communication in the Life Sciences (3)
BHS 323. Microbial Influences on Human Health (3)
HSTS 417. *^History of Medicine (4)

Physiology Elective

Select one course from the following:
BI 451. Functional Anatomy of the Human Muscular System (4) (By application only — limited summer enrollment)
PSY 432. Physiological Psychology (4)
Z 422. Comparative/Functional Vertebrate Anatomy (5)
Z 425. Embryology and Development (5)
Z 438. Behavioral Neurobiology (3)

Upper-division Science Elective

Select one course that meets the following conditions:
One 3+ credit, 300–400 level course from the College of Science (BB, BI, BOT, CH, MB, MTH, PH, ST, and Z) may be used to meet this requirement with the exception of the courses listed below as excluded. Other science courses outside of COS and courses or internships that are taken internationally may be used by Biology chief advisor approval. Courses from other majors, minors or baccalaureate core requirements not used to meet requirements above may also be used. Three credits of BI 401 Research (or other 401 credits by approval) can also meet this requirement.

EXCLUDED COURSES: 405 Reading and Conference, 406 Projects, 407 Seminar, 409 Practicum, 410 Internship, BB 350, BB 490–BB 492, BI 331–BI 333, BI 341–BI 343, CH 334, CH 335, CH 336, ST 314 and any 399 or 499 courses not specifically approved.

Total=35–40 credits


* Baccalaureate Core Course
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

Option Code: 713

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