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Biology BS

Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences

This curriculum is designed for students who plan to attend graduate school and for preprofessional students who wish to prepare for admission to a school of dentistry, medicine, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, podiatry or veterinary medicine. Students should consult the catalog of the school they plan to attend in order to include in their undergraduate program any special prerequisites not included in the biology curriculum.

 

Dental Schools:

Three or four years of college are required for admission to schools of dental medicine. The minimum predental admission requirements are set forth by the American Dental Association. These include completion of a minimum of two years of work in an accredited college. It should be noted, however, that the majority of the students accepted have completed four years of undergraduate work. The college study must include, as a minimum, at least two semesters' credit in English, General Biology, Physics, Inorganic Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry. Lectures and laboratory work are required in the science courses. The remaining work may be in the liberal arts electives such as:

  • history
  • philosophy
  • psychology
  • economics
  • English
  • foreign languages
  • mathematics
  • sociology.

The admission course requirements for typical dental schools are 6 credits of English and 8 credits including laboratory of each of the following: biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physics. Applicants must take the Dental Admissions Test.

 

Medical Schools:

Entrance credits vary, but most schools require three or four years of college to include a general course in biology, two semesters of general physics, inorganic and organic chemistry, and two or four semesters of English. A few require a reading knowledge of a modern foreign language. Mathematics through calculus is recommended. It should be noted, however, that the majority of the students accepted have completed four years of undergraduate work. The Medical College Admission Test of American Medical Colleges is required. Students should check the admission requirements for the medical school they plan to attend.

The pre-professional advisor is Dr. Joseph Agugliaro.

 

Contact:

Dr. Patricia Melloy
Department Chair
Tel: 973-443-8757
pmelloy@fdu.edu

Department of Biological & Allied Health Sciences
285 Madison Ave. - M-SB1-01
Madison, NJ 07940

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