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Pre-Dentristry Curriculum with a Biology Major

Where are SAU pre-dentistry Biology graduates now?

Over the past five years, SAU graduates have been accepted to dental programs at the following schools: University of Iowa, Southern Illinois University, Creighton University, and A.T. Still University.

What courses should I take?

The requirements for dental school focus on the biological, chemical, and physical sciences, which includes many courses within the Biology major. The course requirements for admission to dental school differ amongst institutions, but a common theme for all programs is a dedication to oral health and patient wellbeing. Students can demonstrate this dedication through volunteer efforts, job shadowing, and internships in dental offices.

Many of the dental programs in the Midwest region require:
• One year General Biology + lab (BIOL 199, 200)
• One year General Chemistry + lab (CHEM 105, 106)
• One year Organic Chemistry + lab (CHEM 207, 208, 209, 210)
• One year Physics + lab (PHYS 203, 204)
• Biochemistry + lab (CHEM 319)
• Microbiology (BIOL 251)
• One year Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 230, 232)
• One year English (ENGL 101 + ENGL elective)

Individual dental programs may have additional requirements.

The entrance exam for dental school is the DAT (Dental Admission Test). In order for you to enter a dental graduate program in the fall semester after graduation, you should plan to take the DAT no later than the summer after your junior year.

Additional courses that are beneficial to complete prior to taking the DAT are:

• Biodiversity (BIOL 201)
• Lifespan & Development (PSYC 212)
• Genetics (BIOL 303)
• Ecology (BIOL 307)
• Cell and Molecular Biology (BIOL 301)
• Elementary Functions (MATH 171)
• Statistics (STAT 213)