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Degrees and Requirements

Pre-Dental LECOM

To successfully enter this program, the following conditions must be met:

  • Minimum SAT>=1170 (if taken prior to March 2016) or 1240 (if taken March 2016 or later), or ACT>=26
  • High School GPA>=3.5
  • US Citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Current La Roche University student not meeting minimum SAT/ACT or HS GPA but meeting overall GPA and science GPA after 1st year are eligible to apply to LECOM
  • Must apply to LECOM prior to starting their 3rd year

This is an Early Acceptance Program and is provisional.  Phase I consists of pursuing a La Roche University major.

To successfully enter Phase II, the following pre-requisites (in conjunction with the requirements of another LRU major) are required:

  • 33 credits of required courses (27 Science and 6 English)
  • No grade lower than a C allowed in the courses listed
  • No CLEP or P/F credits allowed
  • AP scores of 4 or 5 may be accepted but a replacement course applicable to the field of dental medicine or a course of similar academic rigor must be taken instead
  • Summer courses may not be taken unless required for sequential scheduling and must be approved by LECOM
  • Up to 2 courses + labs may be taken at another institution but cannot reduce course load
  • Minimum of 14 credits must be taken per semester and semester GPA >=3.2
  • DAT required. No minimum score specified, but typically >18
  • 100 hours of job shadowing in a dental setting is recommended

In addition, students must attend a minimum of 2 consecutive years at La Roche University.  All students completing Phase I must be approved by the Pre-Professional faculty committee to enter Phase II. There are only 5 seats available each year.  LECOM School of Dental Medicine is located in Erie, PA. Students apply using AADSAS application process.

Summary of Requirements

Additional Science Recommendations:

  • BIOL2021
    COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I

    BIOL2021
    COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    A comparative study of the structural and functional characteristics of vertebrates tracing the evolution of animals from primitive chordates to mammals. Emphasis is placed on the physical and chemical operations of vertebrates and how these operations contribute to homeostasis. Structural/functional relationships are discussed. Lecture and laboratory courses.

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1004 & BIOL1006 & Concurrent: BIOL2021L

  • BIOL2021L
    COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I - LAB

    BIOL2021L
    COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I - LAB

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

    Laboratory for BIOL2021: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology I

    PREREQUISITES:

  • BIOL2022
    COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II

    BIOL2022
    COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    A comparative study of the structural and functional characteristics of vertebrates tracing the evolution of animals from primitive chordates to mammals. Emphasis is placed on the physical and chemical operations of vertebrates and how these operations contribute to homeostasis. Structural/functional relationships are discussed.

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL2021& Concurrent: BIOL2022L

  • BIOL2022L
    COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II - LAB

    BIOL2022L
    COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II - LAB

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

    Laboratory for BIOL20222: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology II

    PREREQUISITES:

  • BIOL2025
    MICROBIOLOGY

    BIOL2025
    MICROBIOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    An examination of the morphology and physiology of microorganisms with emphasis on their relationship to their environment. Topics include food, water, soil, industrial, and medical microbiology, microbial genetics, and microbial diversity. The laboratory work introduces the student to both the organisms and the techniques necessary to study them. Lecture and laboratory course.

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1004 & BIOL1006

  • BIOL2025L
    MICROBIOLOGY - LAB

    BIOL2025L
    MICROBIOLOGY - LAB

    Credits (Min/Max): 0/0

    Laboratory for BIOL2025 Microbiology

    PREREQUISITES:

  • BIOL3013
    GENETICS

    BIOL3013
    GENETICS

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the basic principles of heredity including Mendelian, molecular and population genetics. Topics will include the cellular functions that give rise to inherited traits, the genetic basis for evolution, the role of genetics in biotechnology, and the statistical basis for predicting the probability of inheriting certain traits.

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1004 & BIOL1006

  • BIOL3026
    CELL BIOLOGY

    BIOL3026
    CELL BIOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey course in cell biology. The ultra structure of the Eukaryotic plant and animal cell are examined and related to cell function. Special emphasis is placed on membrane structure and functions.

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1004 & BIOL1006

  • BIOL4019
    IMMUNOLOGY

    BIOL4019
    IMMUNOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course involves the description and development of the immune system, which includes the chemical, molecular, and cellular basis of immune reactions. The genetic and chemical control of the immune response is a recurrent theme of the course. Major topics covered in the course include specific immunities, types of hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, transplantation and rejection and immune disorders and deficiencies.

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1004 & BIOL1006 & CHEM1002

  • PHYS1032
    GENERAL PHYSICS I

    PHYS1032
    GENERAL PHYSICS I

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This is the first of a three-semester introduction to calculus-based physics stressing experimental and problem-solving techniques. Concepts covered are mechanics, kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, conservation laws, rotational motion, gravitation, oscillation, and wave/acoustics.

    PREREQUISITES:

    MATH1032, Coreq: PHYS1032L

  • PHYS1032L
    GENERAL PHYSICS I - LAB

    PHYS1032L
    GENERAL PHYSICS I - LAB

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for PHYS1032 General Physics I

    PREREQUISITES:

Humanities Component: 6 credits

  • ENGL1011
    ACADEMIC READING AND WRITING

    ENGL1011
    ACADEMIC READING AND WRITING

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course engages students in reading, writing and research practices essential to academic life, including developing a project for a research paper, searching for authoritative materials to use in that project, and presenting it in an edited paper that follows academic conventions of documentation and citation.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • ENGL1012
    ACADEMIC WRITING AND RESEARCH

    ENGL1012
    ACADEMIC WRITING AND RESEARCH

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course engages students in reading, writing and research practices essential to academic life, including developing a project for a research paper, searching for authoritative materials to use in that project, and presenting it in an edited paper that follows academic conventions of documentation and citation.

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1011

Science Component: 27 credits

  • BIOL1003
    GENERAL BIOLOGY I

    BIOL1003
    GENERAL BIOLOGY I

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A presentation of a comprehensive survey of the major area within modern biology with emphasis placed on unsolved problems and the nature of scientific evidence. The course explores the properties of living matter on the molecular, cellular and organismic level. Open to all science majors and non-science majors with a strong interest in biology or a professional need.

    PREREQUISITES:

    Concurrent: BIOL1005

  • BIOL1004
    GENERAL BIOLOGY II

    BIOL1004
    GENERAL BIOLOGY II

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A presentation of a comprehensive survey of the major area within modern biology with emphasis placed on unsolved problems and the nature of scientific evidence. The course explores the properties of living matter on the molecular, cellular and organismic level. Open to all science majors and non-science majors with a strong interest in biology or a professional need.

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1003 & BIOL1005, Concurrent: BIOL1006

  • BIOL1005
    GENERAL BIOLOGY I - LAB

    BIOL1005
    GENERAL BIOLOGY I - LAB

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Selected experiments chosen to emphasize principles presented in the General Biology lecture courses.

    PREREQUISITES:

    coreg: BIOL1003

  • BIOL1006
    GENERAL BIOLOGY II - LAB

    BIOL1006
    GENERAL BIOLOGY II - LAB

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Selected experiments chosen to emphasize principles presented in the General Biology lecture courses.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • BIOL3036
    BIOCHEMISTRY I (CHEM3036)

    BIOL3036
    BIOCHEMISTRY I (CHEM3036)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An introduction to the biochemical metabolism of the living cell. Cellular structure, macromolecules, metabolic pathways, energy transformations, regulatory mechanisms and molecular genetics are discussed. Cross-listed with CHEM3036

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM2015

  • CHEM1001
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY I

    CHEM1001
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY I

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the basic principles governing matter, energy and matter-energy interaction. Topics include atomic structure, bonding theory, aggregated states of matter, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium and electrochemistry.

    PREREQUISITES:

    Concurrent: CHEM1003

  • CHEM1002
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY II

    CHEM1002
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY II

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the basic principles governing matter, energy and matter-energy interaction. Topics include atomic structure, bonding theory, aggregated states of matter, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium and electrochemistry.

    PREREQUISITES:

    Concurrent: CHEM1004

  • CHEM1003
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY I - LAB

    CHEM1003
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY I - LAB

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    A series of experiments related to the content of CHEM1001 emphasizing laboratory techniques and familiarization with basic laboratory equipment. Open to all science majors and non-science majors with a strong interest in chemistry or a professional need.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CHEM1004
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY II - LAB

    CHEM1004
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY II - LAB

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    A series of experiments related to the content of CHEM1002, emphasizing laboratory techniques and familiarization with basic laboratory equipment. Open to all science majors and non-science majors with a strong interest in chemistry or a professional need.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CHEM2015
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I

    CHEM2015
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the classification and characterization of organic compounds, their preparation, properties and reactions. The application of modern organic theories to these subjects is stressed. Topics include nomenclature, bond theory, stereochemistry, synthesis, mechanisms, and structure determination by instrumental methods. Lecture and laboratory course.

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM1002 concurrent: CHEM2015L

  • CHEM2015L
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I - LAB

    CHEM2015L
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I - LAB

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Laboratory for CHEM2015

    PREREQUISITES:

  • CHEM2016
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II

    CHEM2016
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the classification and characterization of organic compounds, their preparation, properties and reactions. The application of modern organic theories to these subjects is stressed. Topics include nomenclature, bond theory, stereochemistry, synthesis, mechanisms, and structure determination by instrumental methods. Lecture and laboratory course.

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM2015 concurrent: CHEM2016L

  • CHEM2016L
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II - LAB

    CHEM2016L
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II - LAB

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Lab for CHEM2016 Organic Chemistry

    PREREQUISITES:

    CHEM2015L