3+4 Dual Degree

and Dental Early

Admission Program

(DEAP)





AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN McMURRY UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT SAN ANTONIO DENTAL SCHOOL

PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM

To offer an opportunity for students with an interest in dentistry to receive early acceptance to dental school and to receive both an undergraduate degree (B.S.) and a dental degree (D.D.S.) in seven years.

DESCRIPTION AND POLICY OF THE PROGRAM

1. The student shall be a student enrolled at McMurry University.

2. Requirements for acceptance to program:

a. The student shall have an acceptable pre-entry interview with the faculty of the UTHSCSA Dental School prior to completion of 30 semester hours. This interview is to determine the student's motivation for the dental profession.

b. The student shall have Texas resident status or a waiver for entry to DEAP from the Associate Dean of Student Affairs of the Dental School.

c. Acceptance will not be granted to individuals who have been convicted of a felony. (A waiver may be granted by the Dental School in

exceptional situations.)

3. The student shall complete the coursework prescribed in this document for the appropriate

Bachelor's degree which must include a minimum of 90 semester hours of credit. This coursework also satisfies the prerequisites for admission to UTHSCSA Dental School:

English: One year of college English (6

semester hours)

Biology: Two years as required for college science majors, including one

year of formal laboratory work

(14-16 semester hours)

Physics: One year as required for college science majors, including one

year of formal laboratory work

(8 semester hours)

Chemistry: One year of general chemistry (8 semester hours) and one year

of organic chemistry (8 semester hours) as required for college

science majors, including two years of formal laboratory work.

4. The student will attend a one-week seminar at the Dental School during each of the two summers of the undergraduate coursework. Summer research opportunities at the UTHSCSA will be made available to interested students whenever possible.

5. The student must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) and submit an application to the University of Texas Application Center before November 1 of year three of the undergraduate work.

6. Following the successful completion of the designated three-year McMurry University

curriculum, the student will enroll in the UTHSCSA Dental School contingent on the following (note that the Dental School does not replace grades in courses that are retaken; all grades earned in a course are counted):

a. A grade of "C" or above in all required pre-dental courses and at least 90 semester hours of credit.

b. A cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above for all courses taken in the three-year curriculum.

c. A cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above for all required science courses.

d. An acceptable score on the DAT (determined by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Dental School).

e. A positive recommendation by the Premedical Advisory Committee of McMurry University (NOTE: Students whofall below the GPA requirement will have their application considered by the Dental School Admissions Committee and will be given favorable consideration whenever possible).

7. Following successful completion of the first year of the Dental School courses, the student may apply for graduation from McMurry University with the appropriate B.S. degree.

8. Following successful completion of the four-year curriculum of the Dental School, the student will be granted a D.D.S. degree by the UTHSCSA.







The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School has been nationally recognized as one of the top dental schools in the nation. It is the only school with which McMurry University has an early admission agreement. Students who are not accepted in the early admission program can still apply to San Antonio Dental School through the normal application process. The other dental schools in Texas are The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Dental Branch and Baylor College of Dentistry. Students would usually apply for these programs between their junior and senior years. The entrance requirements are similar, but not exactly the same. Houston Dental Branch requires three semester hours of biochemistry. Baylor College of Dentistry requires eight hours of biology, but recommends 16-20. Houston and San Antonio both require 14 hours of biology which must include one year of formal lab work. They all require eight hours of general or inorganic chemistry, eight hours of organic chemistry, and eight hours of physics (these courses are required to be the same courses that science majors take).

B.S., BIOLOGY MAJOR

3 + 4 Dual Degree and

Dental Early Admission Program

After the successful completion of the following courses and fulfilling the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School contractual conditions on file with McMurry's Vice President for Academic Affairs, the student will receive acceptance to the UTHSCSA Dental School. Following successful completion of one year of academic coursework at UTHSCSA Dental School, the student may apply for the B.S. degree from McMurry University with a major in Biology.

University Core:

CORE 1200, 2300, 3400

Written and Oral Communication:

ENG 1310, 1320

COMM 1310

Humanities:

3 hrs. Religion

8-9 hrs. from one or more of the following

areas: Literature, Religion, Philosophy,

Servant Leadership

Fine Arts:

3 hrs. from either Art, Music, Theatre,

or FA 2310

Social Science:

3 hrs. History

3 hrs. Political Science

3 hrs. from Economics, History, Political

Science, Psychology, or Sociology

Health Fitness:

1 hr. HF 1100, plus one additional HF course

Science and Math:

MATH 2421, Calculus

CHEM 1410, 1420, General Chemistry

CHEM 3410, 3420, Organic Chemistry

PHYS 1410, 1420, General Physics

BIOL 1401, Principles of Biology

BIOL 1402, Botany

BIOL 1403, Zoology

BIOL 3350, Cell Biology

BIOL 3440, Comparative Anatomy

BIOL 3460, Genetics

BIOL 4101, Biological Literature

7 hrs. Biology electives

B.S., NATURAL

SCIENCE MAJOR

3 + 4 Dual Degree and

Dental Early Admission Program

After the successful completion of the following courses and fulfilling the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School contractual conditions on file with McMurry's Vice President for Academic Affairs, the student will receive acceptance to the UTHSCSA Dental School. Following successful completion of one year of academic coursework at UTHSCSA Dental School, the student may apply for the B.S. degree from McMurry University with a major in Natural Science.

University Core:

CORE 1200, 2300, 3400

Written and Oral Communication:

ENG 1310, 1320

COMM 1310

Humanities:

3 hrs. Religion

8-9 hrs. from one or more of the following

areas: Literature, Religion, Philosophy,

Servant Leadership

Fine Arts:

3 hrs. from either Art, Music, Theatre,

or FA 2310

Social Science:

3 hrs. History

3 hrs. Political Science

3 hrs. from Economics, History, Political

Science, Psychology, or Sociology

Health Fitness:

1 hr. HF 1100, plus one additional HF course

Science and Math:

MATH 2421, Calculus

MATH 2322, Calculus II

CHEM 1410, 1420, General Chemistry

CHEM 3410, 3420, Organic Chemistry

PHYS 1410, 1420, General Physics

BIOL 1401, Principles of Biology

BIOL 1402, Botany, or BIOL 1403, Zoology

GEOL 1410, Physical Geology

4 additional hrs. in Geology

8 additional hrs. in Biology

For further information contact:

Dr. Gary R. Wilson
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
McMurry University
Abilene, TX 79697
915-691-6295
gwilson@mcm.edu

Dr. Clark W. Beasley


Chair, Department of Biology


McMurry University


Abilene, TX 79697


915-691-6316


cbeasley@mcm.edu