Dental schools are currently admitting applicants with three years of college, as well as those who have completed a baccalaureate degree.
UCA will award the bachelor's degree to students admitted after three years of college, and after successful completion of the first year of dental school. These "3 + 1" students must follow a carefully designed curriculum while at UCA, and are urged to receive counseling from the pre-dental adviser before starting their first semester at UCA. "3 + 1" students will major in general science.
Four-year students will be able to choose a major in one of several areas, including biology, and must complete all of the requirements for their chosen major.
The following courses are commonly required by dental schools in Tennessee, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas, each of which admits a specified number students from Arkansas.
General education - 45 hours
Biology: Principle of Biology I, BIOL 1440; Principles of Biology II, BIOL 1441; Cell Biology, BIOL 3402; and Animal Physiology, BIOL 4460; Histology, BIOL 4400 suggested
Chemistry: CHEM 1450, CHEM 1451, CHEM 2401, CHEM 3411
Physics: PHYS 1410, PHYS 1420
Mathematics: MATH 1390 or MATH 1396.
Approved coursework at UCA must total 96 hours