Pre-professional Programs - Dentistry

For course descriptions in Dentistry, see the Academic Course Catalog.

Advisers: Manuel Campos, David Mitchell

A major in any discipline is acceptable for admission to dental schools, but most dental programs require a basic foundation of eight to ten courses in chemistry, biology and physics. Dental schools base admission decisions on a student's college courses, grade point average, performance on the Dental Admission Test (taken in the Junior year) and a personal interview.

Most dental schools require a minimum of the following:
____ BIOL 121, Concepts of Biology I (4) NS
____ BIOL 221, Concepts of Biology II (4)
____ CHEM 123, General Chemistry I (4) NS
____ CHEM 234, General Chemistry II (4)
____ CHEM 235, Organic Chemistry I (4)
____ CHEM 236, Organic Chemistry II (4)
____ BCHM 321, Biochemistry I (4)
OR BIO 317, Introductory Biochemistry (4)

Eight credits of physics
____ ___________________________________ (4)
____ ___________________________________ (4)

Four credits of mathematics
____ ___________________________________ (4)

NOTE: Specific requirements vary from school to school. Students considering a career in dentistry are encouraged to contact one of the pre-dentistry advisers early in their studies.

A few dental schools admit students after three years of undergraduate study. A three/one program is available at Saint Benedict's and Saint John's for students interested in this option. students remain at the colleges for three years, during which time they complete all core curriculum requirements and all requirements for a natural science major except for four upper-division courses. Sufficient credits may then be transferred from the first year of dental school to complete the CSB/SJU degree requirements. Students contemplating a three/one program should consult early with the natural science chair.

For more information, see the Pre-professional Health Programs website, the Pre-dental website, or contact one of the pre-medical advisors.