Pre Health Programs

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 1

WRT101 Composition I (FY)
MAT170 Calculus with Review or MAT181 Calculus I (QR)
BIO103 General Biology I (SI)
CHE110 General Chemistry I (SI)

Spring 1

Writing Intensive (WI)
MAT171 Calculus I w/Review OR Free Elective
BIO104 General Biology II
CHE111 General Chemistry II


Fall 2

COM162 Public Speaking (OC)
Foreign Language I (IC)
CHE210 Organic Chemistry I
Major Course (IL)
Gen Ed (HW)

Spring 2

PSY100 Intro to Psychology
Foreign Language II (IC)
CHE211 Organic Chemistry II
Major Course
Gen Ed (CT)


Fall 3

Major Course**
Major Course
SOC100 Intro to Sociology
PHY110 or PHY120 General Physics I
BIO312 Genetics

Spring 3

Major Course
Major Course
Major or Free Elective
PHY111 or PHY121 General Physics II
BIO300 Cell Biology


Fall 4

BIO421 Biochemistry Lecture
MAT115Biostats OR MAT120Stats (QR)

Spring 4

Gen Ed (CP)
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.