Seven Year Bio-Dental Program

The Bio-Dental Program is no longer accepting new applications.

The accelerated dental program was a joint program of the College and Penn's School of Dental Medicine. Students previously admitted to the program must apply to the Dental School after their junior year and full admission is based on academic performance during the initial three years in the College and meeting the admissions standards of the Dental School. The Bio-Dental submatriculation program is highly structured and may not allow students to pursue multiple majors or dual undergraduate degrees. The requirements of the accelerated dental program are outlined below: 




First Year


First Year

Biology 1101 1.5 cu   Biology 1102 1.5 cu
Math 1300 or 1400 1.0 cu   Chemistry 1012 1.0 cu
Language 1.0 cu   Chemistry 1101 0.5 cu
Freshman or writing seminar 1.0 cu   Math 1410 (or STAT 1110) 1.0 cu
      GE requirement 1.0 cu
  4.5 cu     5.0 cu

Sophomore Year


Sophomore Year

Biology 2010 recommended 1.0 cu   Additional Biology course 1.0 cu
Chemistry 1022 1.0 cu   Chemistry 2411 1.5 cu
Chemistry 1102 0.5 cu   Physics 0101 1.5 cu
GE requirement 1.0 cu   GE requirement 1.0 cu
GE requirement 1.0 cu      
  4.5 cu     5.0 cu

Junior Year


Junior Year

Biology 2210 recommended 1.0 cu   Biology 2810 required 1.0 cu
Physics 0102 1.5 cu   GE requirement 1.0 cu
GE requirement 1.0 cu   GE requirement 1.0 cu
GE requirement 1.0 cu   GE requirement 1.0 cu
      GE requirement 1.0 cu
  4.5 cu     5.0 cu


a.  This plan assumes students are following Track 2 of the Biology major. If following Track 1, BIOL 1121 with 1123 in the fall semester should be followed by BIOL 1124 (0.5 cu) in the spring and an additional higher level BIOL course (2000 and above) selected in consultation with undergraduate chair.

In their first and sophomore years, students should complete introductory biology and most of the required chemistry and physics courses including:

1) Introductory chemistry (CHEM 1012 & 1101 and CHEM 1022 & 1102 or CHEM 1011 & 1101 and CHEM 1021 & 1102). Bio-Dental students are required to take introductory and organic chemistry with lab. Up to four cus of Chemistry can count for the Biology major and any other Chemistry courses can count as free electives (see b).

2) 2 semesters of Physics chosen from: PHYS 0101 or 0150 and PHYS 0102 or 0151 are required for the Bio-dental program. Up to two cus of Physics can count for the major and any other Physics courses can count toward the general requirement.

b.  The College requires all students to complete the General Education curriculum. Usually, a total of 20.0 credit units appropriately distributed for the sectors, foundational approaches, and free electives are needed. The requirements include competence in a foreign language and a writing seminar. For information on General Education curriculum, please see the College website.

c.  Two semesters of math are required for the Biology major. This requirement can be fulfilled by taking two semesters of calculus (MATH 1400 followed by MATH 1410) or a semester of calculus and a semester of statistics (MATH 1400 followed by BIOL 2510 or STAT 1110). BIOL 2510 may be counted toward the Math requirement or as an additional Biology course but not toward both.

d.  A Dental School Submatriculation student must take Biol 2810. Biol 2010 and 2210 are recommended intermediate courses, as they provide a strong general background for dental education. Other recommended courses include BIOL 3310/2311, 3054, 3710 with 3711 as these are important foundational courses for dental school. Any Biology courses taken beyond the minimum required courses will count as free electives.



  • Dental submatriculation students are required to take at least 28 course units in the College in order to graduate with a Biology Major.  The remaining 8 courses can then be taken in the Dental School.
  • Bio-dental students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher and a GPA of 3.5 or higher in their science courses.
  • Bio-dental students must take their DATs no later than October 1 of their junior year.
  • See the Undergraduate section of this website for a complete list Biology Major Requirements.


Summary of Biology Requirements for Bio-Dental Program


Introductory Biology (3 CUs)

Track 1: BIOL1121 with BIOL1123, BIOL1124 and other Biol course (2000-level or above)

Track 2: BIOL1101 and BIOL1102 


Chemistry and Physics (4 CUs count for major)

CHEM 1011 or 1012 with 1101 (1.5 CUs)
CHEM 1021 or 1022 with 1102 (1.5 CUs)
CHEM 2411 (1.5 CUs)

PHYS 0101 or 0150 or 0170 (1.5 CUs)

PHYS 0102 or 0151 or 0171 (1.5 CUs)


Calculus and/or Statistics (2 CUs)

MATH 1400 (1 CU)
MATH 1410 (1 CU) or 

STAT 1110 or BIOL 2510 (1 CU)


Intermediate Biology (2 CUs)

BIOL 2810 (1 CU)

BIOL 2210 (1 CU) or any other approved 2000-level course

Additional Biology Courses (1 CUs)

Any other intermediate or advanced BIOL course