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Academic Programs

Pre-Dentristry Curriculum

What major should I choose?

Biology and Chemistry majors are natural undergraduate majors if you want to apply to dental school. Be sure to discuss your post-graduate plans with your SAU advisor so that you construct a plan of study that satisfies both whatever major you choose plus prepares you for graduate school.

What courses should I take?

The requirements for dental school focus on the biological, chemical, and physical sciences, which include many courses within the Biology and Chemistry majors. Course requirements for admission to dental school differ among institutions, but a common theme for all programs is a dedication to oral health and patient well-being. Students can demonstrate this dedication through volunteer efforts, job shadowing, and internships in dental offices.

Many 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)