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University of Tennessee, Knoxville    
 
    
 
  Dec 12, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Pre-Professional Programs Major, BS – Pre-Dentistry Concentration


The college offers a three-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree and a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree for students preparing for the study of dentistry at UT Health Science Center, Memphis. The Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree is conferred by the College of Dentistry upon completion of four years of professional study at Memphis after completing either of the two programs options. Bulletins describing the pre-dental program options in detail may be obtained from Arts and Sciences Advising Services.

The three-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in pre-professional programs from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is based upon the program outlined below. In the three-year program, the student must complete at least 90 prescribed credit hours while enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Bachelor of Science degree is granted upon satisfactory completion of the first year of study in Memphis. The requirement for a major is waived for those taking their fourth year at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis. Students must complete the last 30 hours of credit in residence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, before enrolling in the College of Dentistry. Admission to the College of Dentistry is at the discretion of that college; admission to and successful completion of the program below do not assure admission to the College of Dentistry. Although the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science is not required for admission to the College of Dentistry, most students accepted into the study of dentistry have the baccalaureate degree before admission. Therefore, pre-dental students are encouraged to plan to complete all requirements for the degree before enrolling in the College of Dentistry.

uTrack Requirements

Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who enter prior to Fall 2015.

Following the sample academic plan and its uTrack milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. For specific course requirements, refer to the Arts and Sciences requirements  listed in the Catalog, and consult an academic advisor.

Requirements for Pre-Professional Programs Major – Pre-Dentistry Concentration


Term 1 Hours Milestone Notes
BIOL 150 *, BIOL 158 *, or BIOL 101 *-BIOL 102  3-8 MATH 119  or Math ACT score of 25 or higher
BIOL 159 * or BIOL 167  2 One science course from any listed in the plan with a grade of C or better
CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128  4  
ENGL 101 * (or equivalent) 3  
1Quantitative Reasoning Electives* 3-4  
Term 2
BIOL 160 * or BIOL 168  3 One additional science course from any listed in the plan with a grade of C or better
CHEM 130 * or CHEM 138  4 ENGL 101 
Communicating Orally Elective* 3  
ENGL 102 * (or equivalent) 3  
1Quantitative Reasoning Electives* 3-4  
Term 3
BIOL 240   4 One additional science course from any listed in the plan with a grade of C or better
CHEM 260  or CHEM 268   3  
Foreign Language (intermediate level)* 3  
Non-U.S. History* 3  
PHYS 221  4  
Term 4
CHEM 360 -CHEM 369  or CHEM 368 -CHEM 369   5 Two additional science courses from any listed in the plan with a grade of C or better
Foreign Language (intermediate level)* 3 ENGL 102 
Non-U.S. History (continuation of sequence)* 3  
PHYS 222  4  
Global Challenges (if BIOL 150 * not taken) 0-3  
Term 5
Arts and Humanities (List A or B)* 3 CHEM 260  with a grade of C or better
BCMB 401   4 PHYS 221 * with a grade of C or better
Social Sciences* 6  
2Connections 6  
Term 6
Arts and Humanities (List A)* 3 Completion of at least 9 upper-division (300-400 level) hours
BCMB 402  or BCMB 412   4  
Communicating through Writing Elective* 3  
BIOL 220 -BIOL 229  or EEB 240   4  
2Connections 3  
Term 7 and 8
Completion of one year at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.   Term 7: Completion of at least 24 upper-division (300-400 level) hours and Term 8: Completion of at least 42 upper-division (300-400 level) hours
TOTAL (minimum) 120  
* Meets University General Education Requirement .
1 Mathematics placement depends on high school courses and grades, ACT scores, and BA/BS requirements. MATH 130  or any calculus course is a prerequisite to physics. At least two courses must satisfy the University General Education Requirement in Quantitative Reasoning .
2 The Connections requirement may be satisfied in one of three ways:
1) completing 9 hours from one of the approved Connections packages,
2) completing the requirements for a second major or minor, or
3) completing 9 hours of study abroad coursework.