Undergraduate Teaching


The Department of Oral Biology is responsible for five of the major courses offered to dental students during years one and two of the curriculum.  Listed below are the courses offered and a short description of each.  For information regarding admission to I.U. School of Dentistry  D.D.S. program, or the Allied Dental programs visit the Student Affairs Home page.

Critical Thinking and Professional Behavior: An Introduction - This course is designed to introduce the entering freshmen to the profession of dentistry and provides functional experience in problem-based learning.  Various aspects of the history and ethics of dentistry are discussed.  Students are taught how to access the printed and computer-oriented scientific literature.  Additionally, stress management and coping mechanisms for dealing with dental school are also presented.

Molecular Cell Biology - This course is offered during the 1st semester of year one in the D.D.S. curriculum.  This course introduces the dental student to the basic concepts of cellular and molecular biology.  The course examines how cellular activity is regulated, how cells are structured, and how cells achieve homeostasis and interact with each other in multicellular systems.  It is structured to develop critical thinking skills as well as other knowledge acquisition.

Orofacial Biology I -  This course is offered during the 1st semester of year one in the D.D.S. curriculum.  This course presents growth, development, anatomy, and histology of the human head and neck.  Information is related to dental treatment procedures and to clinical cases involving the craniofacial complex.

Systems Approach to Biomedical Sciences I -  This course is offered during the 2nd semester of year one in the D.D.S. curriculum.  This Part I course presents basic science information organized into specific organ systems.  Part I of this course presents the first six modules:  Immune Responses/Neoplasia, Endocrinology, Nerve/Neuromuscular, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Gastrointestinal.  Each module is organized to discuss the development, structure, function, pathology, and therapy for each organ system.  Critical thinking skills are emphasized.

Orofacial Biology II - This course is offered during the 2nd semester of year one in the D.D.S. curriculum.  This course presents basic biological and physiological processes normally occurring in the human mouth.  It includes various aspects of the periodontium, tooth structure, dental  plaque, and the normal oral microbiota, nutrition, and approaches to the prevention of oral diseases.  It also includes the basics of disease prevention and infection control.

Systems Approach to Biomedical Sciences II -  This course is offered during the 1st semester of year two in the D.D.S. curriculum.  This Part II course presents basic science information organized into specific organ systems.  Part II presents the remaining modules:  Hematology,  Dermatology, Genitourinary, Musculoskeletal.  Each module is organized to discuss the development, structure, function, pathology, and therapy for each organ system.  Critical thinking skills are emphasized.

Allied Dental Programs -  The Oral Biology faculty are responsible for several courses offered in the Allied Dental Program.   A description of the   courses are listed below.

Chemistry and Nutrition -  This course is offered during the 1st year, 1st semester of the dental hygiene program.  Specific ideas in chemistry are correlated with working principles in dentistry.