Pre-Dental Advantage Program Details (2024)

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The path toward a career in dentistry requires dedication. Because students display a wide range of interests and performance, Pacific’s Pre-Dental Advantage Program offers three options to accommodate your needs. You and your faculty adviser decide which pathway is right for you after your first year.

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This program provides the foundation in pre-dental education through two years of study in the Stockton campus for a select group of highly qualified students. At the end of the first academic year and summer, students who meet the criteria and desire to switch into 2+3 submit their application to the School of Dentistry. If the change to 2+3 is approved, the student takes a second year of classes in Stockton while the application for the DDS program is evaluated and then moves to San Francisco to complete the program with 3 years of dentistry training.
The biology coursework completed in San Francisco adds to the previous work in Stockton and allows these students to graduate with a BS in Biological Sciences during the fourth year of the program. In addition, they earn the DDS degree with the completion of the dentistry curriculum at the end of the fifth year.

In order to receive an admission interview to the Dugoni School of Dentistry, you must complete the following during the undergraduate portion of the program:

  • Completion of CHEM 025, CHEM 027, CHEM 121, CHEM 123, BIOL 051, BIOL 061, CORE 001, CORE 002, COPD 093, and courses that satisfy 5 different GE categories (excluding Scientific Inquiry) and the Diversity Requirement. The GE courses can be transferred from work previous to college.
  • GPA and DAT (Dental Admission Test) scores above the minimum marks published by the Pre-Dental Program.
  • Completion of all academic and non-academic requirements and submission of an application to the DDS program at Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
  • Submission of a completed Program Change Form to the Office of the Registrar signed by the Pre-Dental Advisor.
  • Before advancing to the Dental School, admitted students must complete the undergraduate requirements of theBS in Biological Sciences, except for the DS, PRD, PA and BMS courses which are taken within theDDS program.

Typical undergraduate curriculum for the five-year program:

High School, AP, IB, Early College: GE

First-Year Fall:

  1. BIOL 61 - Principles of Biology
  2. CHEM 25 - General Chemistry
  3. CORE 1 - Probl Solv & Comm
  4. COPD 093 – Pre-Dental Orientation
  5. GE

First-Year Spring:

  1. BIOL 51 - Principles of Biology
  2. CHEM 27 - General Chemistry
  3. CORE 2 - Writing
  4. GE

First-Year Summer:

  1. CHEM 121 - Organic Chemistry
  2. CHEM 123 - Organic Chemistry
  3. Apply to Dental School

Second-Year Fall:

  1. PHYS 23 - General Physics
  2. BIOL 101 - Genetics
  3. BIOL 128 – Histology
  4. Selected Biol elective* or BIOL 197 (research)

Second-Year Spring:

  1. PHYS 25 - General Physics
  2. BIOL 175 – Ecology
  3. BIOL 170 – Human Anatomy
  4. GE

Students can graduate with a BS in Biological Sciences with three years of training in the Stockton campus and earn a DDS degree after three additional years in the San Francisco campus. If the BS in Biological Sciences is completed within three years, students can also apply for DDS programs of other schools of dentistry in addition to Dugoni. If all other requirements for the BS are completed within three years but additional credits are needed to fulfill the breath requirement or the 120-credit requirement of the BS degree, coursework completed in San Francisco can supplement the undergraduate coursework toward the BS degree. Students must take the DAT exam and apply to Dental School by the end of the second summer.

Before advancing to the Dental School, admitted students must complete the undergraduate requirements of theBS in Biological Sciences, except for the DS and PRD courses which can be taken within theDDS program.

Typical undergraduate curriculum for the six-year program:

High School, AP, IB, Early College: Not required but recommended.

First-Year Fall:

  1. BIOL 61 - Principles of Biology
  2. CHEM 25 - General Chemistry
  3. CORE 1 - Probl Solv & Comm
  4. COPD 093 – Pre-Dental Orientation
  5. GE

First-Year Spring:

  1. BIOL 51 - Principles of Biology
  2. CHEM 27 - General Chemistry
  3. CORE 2 - Writing
  4. GE

First-Year Summer:Summer courses not required but recommended.

Second-Year Fall:

  1. CHEM 121 - Organic Chemistry
  2. PHYS 23 - General Physics
  3. BIOL 128 – Histology
  4. GE

Second-Year Spring:

  1. CHEM 123 - Organic Chemistry
  2. PHYS 25 - General Physics
  3. BIOL 170 – Human Anatomy
  4. GE

Second-Year Summer:

Summer courses not required but recommended.
Apply to Dental School

Third-Year Fall:

  1. BIOL 101 - Genetics
  2. BIOL 180 – Human Physiology
  3. Biol elective or BIOL 197 (research)
  4. GE

Third-Year Spring:

  1. BIOL 175 – Ecology
  2. BIOL 145 – Microbiology
  3. BIOL 169 – Biochemistry
  4. GE

This program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to spend four years earning a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and then complete their dental education at the School of Dentistry. It offers more time, making it easier toaccrue a minor, study abroad, conduct more research and broaden the undergraduate preparation. Students in this program can major in any subject but must complete a series ofscience courses (including CHEM 025, CHEM 027, CHEM 121, CHEM 123, BIOL 051, BIOL 061, BIOL 170, another biology with lab and 2 semesters of Physics with lab) as prescribedby a pre-dental advisor. They must take the DAT exam and apply to Dental School by the end of the third summer. Changes from 3+3 to 4+3 can be made at any time before the end of the spring of the third year.

Before advancing to the Dental School, admitted students must complete all the undergraduate requirements of a BS degree (ex:BS in Biological Sciences).

Typical undergraduate curriculum for the seven-year program:

High School, AP, IB, Early College: Not required but recommended.

First-Year Fall:

  1. BIOL 61 - Principles of Biology
  2. CHEM 25 - General Chemistry
  3. CORE 1 - Probl Solv & Comm
  4. COPD 093 – Pre-Dental Orientation
  5. GE

First-Year Spring:

  1. BIOL 51 - Principles of Biology
  2. CHEM 27 - General Chemistry
  3. CORE 2 - Writing
  4. GE

First-Year Summer:Summer courses not required but recommended.

Second-Year Fall:

  1. CHEM 121 - Organic Chemistry
  2. PHYS 23 - General Physics
  3. BIOL 128 – Histology
  4. GE

Second-Year Spring:

  1. CHEM 123 - Organic Chemistry
  2. PHYS 25 - General Physics
  3. BIOL 170 – Human Anatomy
  4. GE

Second-Year Summer:Summer courses not required but recommended.

Third-Year Fall:

  1. BIOL 101 - Genetics
  2. BIOL 180 – Human Physiology
  3. Biol elective or BIOL 197 (research)
  4. GE

Third-Year Spring:

  1. BIOL 175 – Ecology
  2. BIOL 145 – Microbiology
  3. BIOL 169 – Biochemistry
  4. GE

Third-Year Summer:

Summer courses not required but recommended.
Apply to Dental School

Fourth-Year Fall:

  1. BIOL 145 – Microbiology
  2. Biol elective or BIOL 197 (research)
  3. Any elective*
  4. Any elective*

Fourth-Year Spring:

  1. BIOL 169 – Biochemistry
  2. Biol elective or BIOL 197 (research)
  3. Any elective*
  4. Any elective*

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