Jan 24, 2019  
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Science, Health Science Concentration, Pre-Dental Curriculum, B.S.

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Department of Chemistry  
Ngee Chong, program coordinator

The major in Science has two concentrations-General Science and Health Science. A minimum of 9 semester hours of upper-division courses in either concentration of the Science major must be taken at MTSU. The Science major requires only one minor which must include at least 3 semester hours at the upper-division level taken at MTSU.

The Health Science concentration is for students who expect to enter a professional school after completing an appropriate pre-professional curriculum. This concentration leads to an MTSU degree through completion of at least 90 course hours at MTSU, acceptance into a professional school, and either successful completion of one year or completion of the professional program.

Admission to the MTSU pre-professional program does not assure admission to a professional program. Selection for admission is competitive and is made by the admissions committee of the respective program according to its selection standards.

Students should note the following:
Chemistry-Students with a weak background or no high school chemistry should enroll in CHEM 1010 /CHEM 1011  before taking CHEM 1110 /CHEM 1111 .
Irregularities-Advanced placement, remedial courses, failure of required courses, or summer school may cause some students to deviate from the sequence in the recommended curriculum. Regular consultation with the advisor is most important.
Advisors-Advisors for these programs are assigned in the Pre-professional Health Science Advising Center located in DSB 120. Guidance is provided on the recommended courses and procedures to be followed in leading to applications to a professional program.
Degree from MTSU-Students who plan to obtain degrees from MTSU must file the Intent to Graduate Form.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Science, Health Science (Pre-Dental), B.S., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following General Education courses are required for this major:

  • MATH 1910 (Math)
  • BIOL 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)
  • CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)

Major Requirements (53 hours)

Supporting Course (4 hours)

  • MATH 1910 - Calculus I 4 credit hours (3 credit hours may be counted in General Education, 1 credit hour remaining)

Elective (3 hours)

  • At least one credit hour taking at 3000/4000 level

Professional Program Transfer Credits (30 hours)

  • Granted upon successful completion of first year of approved program

Total hours in program: 120

Curriculum: Science, Health Science, Pre-Dental

The following curriculum is proposed for students planning to enter the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee-Memphis and will meet the requirements for a B.S. degree from MTSU upon successful completion of one year in dental school. (See Academic Policies and Procedures .)

NOTE: Many applicants find that a B.S. degree is required to be competitive for acceptance; therefore, most pre-dental students usually pursue a Chemistry major and Biology minor or vice versa.

Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.


Subtotal: 30 Hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours


Subtotal: 30 Hours


  • Professional program credits (granted upon successful completion of first year of approved program) 30 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours


*Prerequisite to MATH 1910  is MATH 1730  or Math ACT greater than or equal to 26.

Total of 90 hours prior to professional program. Total upper-division hours must equal at least 21.

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