Coordinator: P. Egland
While some dental schools admit students after their junior year, many require that applicants obtain their Bachelor’s degree prior to admission. Most pre-dental students choose to major in Biology or Chemistry, but a student may choose to major in any discipline. While dental schools look favorably upon an undergraduate record rich in challenging science courses, they also look for a balance between science courses and courses in the humanities and social sciences. Dental schools expect that applicants have an understanding of and commitment to the profession. Students are encouraged to learn about dentistry and patient care through internships, volunteer activities and employment. Observation of dentists is required for consideration in some dental programs.
Although similar, the specific courses required for admission to individual dental schools vary. A student should identify the dental schools in which he or she is interested as early as possible. Pre-dental students should regularly consult with their advisors and the coordinator to discuss course selection and dental school application procedures.
Dental schools select students on the basis of 1) undergraduate academic performance; 2) DAT (Dental Admission Test) scores; 3) letters of evaluation from professors and other professional people; and 4) a personal interview. Admission to dental school is competitive.
Suggested Pre-Dentistry Program of Study:
These are general admission requirements. Students should refer to specific admissions guidelines for each dental school, and consult with their academic advisor and the Coordinator.
BIOL 120 — Biological Principles I (4 cr)
BIOL 121 — Biological Principles II (4 cr)
CHEM 116 & CHEM 117 — General Chemistry I & II (8 cr)
-or- CHEM 120 — Accelerated General Chemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 222 — Inorganic Chemistry (4 cr)
–or– CHEM 242 — Analysis
CHEM 201 — Organic Chemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 202 — Organic Chemistry and Introductory Biochemistry (4 cr)
PHYS 201 & PHYS 202 — Physics for Life Sciences I & II (8 cr)
–or– PHYS 221 & PHYS 222 — General Physics I & II
MATH 150 — Pre-Calculus (4 cr)
–or– MATH 151 — Calculus I
ENGL 110 — First-Year Composition (4 cr)
ENGL 200 — The Literary Experience (3 cr)
-or- ENGL 311 — Advanced Composition
Additional courses may include (but are not limited to):
BIOL 233 — Genetics (4 cr)
BIOL 234 — Cell Biology (4 cr)
BIOL 344 — General Microbiology (4 cr)
BIOL 354 — Biological Chemistry 3-(4 cr)
BIOL — Elective courses at the 300-level 3-(4 cr)
CHEM — Elective courses at the 300-level 3-(4 cr)
PSYC 115 — General Psychology (3 cr)
PSYC 210 — Life-Span Human Development (3 cr)
PSYC 270 — Statistics (4 cr)