B.S. in Biology/Doctor of Dental Medicine

(with Rutgers School of Dental Medicine)

Students accepted into this program will spend their first three years at FDU. The following four years will be spent at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM). Following the successful completion of the first year of study at RSDM the student will be awarded a B.S. degree by FDU.

Admission to the Program

Students who are in their fourth semester at FDU and who meet the application criteria may apply. Applicants must have had secondary school preparation in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. Please speak to the FDU preprofessional advisor for additional information on application criteria.

Following evaluation of applications by FDU and RSDM Admissions Office, the Joint Admissions Committee will decide which applicants to interview at FDU and RSDM. The interview at RSDM will be conducted by a member of the RSDM Admissions Committee. The final decision will be made by the Joint Admissions Committee following the review of the interviewers' comments.

Final Admission to RSDM

Final admission into the New Jersey Dental School is dependent on satisfactory completion of the following:

  1. 98 credits as listed below at University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies
  2. A minimum grade point ratio of 3.50 and a minimum grade of "B" in each of the science courses required for admission to RSDM. There shall be no final grade of "D", "F" or "I" in any course required for admission to RSDM, appearing on the student's transcript
  3. A satisfactory score on the Dental Aptitude Test must be submitted prior to admission to RSDM
  4. Recommendations from at least four FDU faculty members including the director of the School of Natural Sciences and the preprofessional adviser
  5. Students wishing to participate in the program must apply in writing to the preprofessional adviser no later than completion of 60 credits at FDU
  6. Participation in any orientation programs required by RSDM
  7. Final entrance into the D.M.D. program is contingent on satisfactory performance in all six semesters at FDU


1st Semester (12 credits)

BIOL1251        General Biology I 
BIOL1253        General Biology I Lab
CHEM1201     General Chemistry I
CHEM1203     General Chemistry Lab I
ENWR1101     Academic Writing
UNIV1001       Transitioning to University Life

2nd Semester (16 credits)

BIOL1252        General Biology II 
BIOL1254        General Biology II Lab
CHEM1202     General Chemistry II
CHEM1204     General Chemistry Lab II
ENWR1102     Academic Research & Writing
Math Sequence
UNIV1002        Preparing for Professional Life

3rd Semester (16 credits)

BIOL2250/BIOL2150      Ecology & Field Biology and Lab  (or)
MBIO1209/MBIO1219     Intro to Marine Biology & Lab
CHEM2261     Organic Chemistry I
CHEM2263     Organic Chemistry Lab I
2Humanities Elective
Mathematics Sequence

4th Semester (18 credits)

BIOL2210/BIOL2211     Genetics and Lab
BIOL2300              Experimental Design
CHEM2262     Organic Chemistry II
CHEM2264     Organic Chemistry Lab II
2Humanities Elective
UNIV2002       Global issues

5th Semester (16 credits)

BIOL2237/BIOL2239     Human Structure & Function and Lab
BIOL3225/BIOL3226     General Microbiology & Lab
BIOL4900        Biology Seminar I
PHYS2203      University Physics I
PHYS2201      Physics Lab I
UNIV2001       Cross-cultural Perspectives

6th Semester (17 credits)

BIOL4240/BIOL4241      Molecular Cell Biology & Lab
BIOL4405        4Ethics in Science
CHEM3281     Biochemistry I
PHYS2204      University Physics II
PHYS2202      Physics Lab II
3Speech/Prof Communication Elective

7th Semester (16 credits)

Approved credits taken at professional school

8th Semester (13 credits)

Approved credits taken at professional school


WRITTEN COMMUNICATION:  ENWR1101 and 1102 will satisfy this requirement.

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS (1MATHEMATICS SEQUENCE):  In the freshman year students are required to take either Precalculus or Calculus. The first-year course must be followed by a second mathematics course in sequence, i.e., Calculus I or Calculus II.

2HUMANITIES:  Take six credits of any course that has the prefix ENGL, HIST, HUMN, LANG, PHIL, or RELI, or the following ART courses:  ART1103, 1107, 1108, 1120, 1131, 1133, 1135, 1136, 1137, 2137, and 2238. Courses may be within the same discipline or different disciplines, but either way at least one course must be at the 2000 level or above.

3SPEECH/PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION:  Requirements consist of a three-credit Speech course.

4ETHICAL AND MORAL ANALYSIS:  Students must take BIOL4405 Ethics in Science to satisfy this requirement.

ART AND CULTURE:  This requirement is waived as it will be satisfied by UNIV2002 Global Issues.

SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS:  This requirement will be satisfied by CHEM1201 and 1202.


The Program is designed for students who are accepted into professional school (e.g., School of Medicine, Dentistry, Chiropractic, and Optometry) after three years of undergraduate study. Twenty-nine credits earned during the first year of professional school are used to supplement the 95 credits earned at FDU to complete the 124 credits required for the BS degree.

A minimum of 124 credits is required for graduation.