Pre-Dental Pathway (42-46 Math/Science Credits)

The following courses will satisfy the pre-requisites for most dental schools.  It is important for students to determine the specific requirements for each dental school they wish to apply to, in consultation with a pre-health advisor.

Other recommended and/or required courses:

Other requirements:

The DAT (dental admissions test) is required for all applicants to dental school.  The DAT covers concepts from general biology, chemistry, and organic chemistry, as well as perceptual ability, reading comprehension, and quantitative reasoning (mathematical problem solving.)

Activities such as scientific research, community service, shadowing (40-200 hours), and involvement in clubs are also expected.

On average students with science GPA’s in the 3.3-3.5 range are generally considered competitive. 

Pre-Dental  Pathway Sample Four Year Plan



Fall I

Spring I

WRT101 Composition I (FY)

Writing Intensive (WI)

MAT170 Calculus with Review or       MAT181 Calculus I (QR)

MAT171 Calculus I w/Review OR Free Elective

BIO103 General Biology I (SI)

BIO104 General Biology II

CHE110 General Chemistry I (SI)

CHE111 General Chemistry II

Fall 2

Spring 2

COM162 Public Speaking (OC)

PSY100 Intro to Psychology

Foreign Language I (IC)

Foreign Language II (IC)

CHE210 Organic Chemistry I

CHE211 Organic Chemistry II

Major Course (IL)

Major Course

Gen Ed  (HW)

Gen Ed (CT)

Fall 3

Spring 3

Major Course**

Major Course

Major Course

Major Course

SOC100 Intro to Sociology

Major or Free Elective

PHY110 or PHY120 General Physics I

PHY111 or PHY121 General Physics II

BIO312 Genetics

BIO300 Cell Biology

Fall 4

Spring 4

BIO421 Biochemistry Lecture

Gen Ed (CP)

MAT115Biostats OR MAT120Stats (QR)

BIO216 Microbiology


Major OR Free Elective


Major OR Free Elective


Major OR Free Elective



*Students who did not take pre-calculus in high school are encouraged to take MAT133 Pre-calculus during the summer prior to the start of this program.

**Biochemistry Major or Chemistry with a Biology Minor is recommended but not required for Pre-Dental Majors 

Taking multiple lab sciences in a semester can be very challenging. You may wish to reduce your course load and take some courses in the summer.  Speak with your advisor about this possibility.