First Year

The first-year curriculum emphasizes the study of normal structure and function of the oral cavity, head, neck, thorax, abdomen, and upper extremities. This is achieved in the fall general/oral histology and biochemistry/nutrition courses and in the spring anatomy courses – gross anatomy and neuroanatomy. A series of courses which integrates basic, clinical, and behavioral sciences begins in the summer with team taught, interdisciplinary courses in nervous system/pain and inflammation/infection/wound healing, including an introduction to the study of cardiology and periodontology.

A major preclinical sequence introducing the student to dental anatomy and occlusion, dental materials, and operative dentistry is also integral to the first year curriculum. During each semester of the first year, students have early introductory experiences in the clinics. Other first-year courses include a “welcome to the profession of dentistry” course entitled, The Practice and Profession of Dentistry; dental public health, behavioral science, craniofacial growth and development and a science in dental practice course which explores the scientific basis of dental practice. After completion of the first year curriculum, students are able to begin a mentored research project of their choice.

Year One Curriculum

Fall Semester   
Course Credit Hours
Biochemistry 4.0
Dental Materials 1.0
General and Oral Histology 6.0
Practice and Profession of Dentistry 2.0
Restorative Dentistry I Lecture 2.0
Restorative Dentistry I Lab 2.0
Spring Semester  
Course Credit Hours
DPH I 1.0
Gross Anatomy 6.0
Neuroanatomy 2.0
Restorative Dent. II Lecture 4.0
Restorative Dent. II Lab 4.0
Summer Session  
Course Credit Hours
Nervous System & Pain 3.0
Inflamation & Wound Healing 3.0
Behavioral Science I 1.0
Craniofacial Growth & Cephalometrics 2.0
Science in Dental Practice 1.0