The pre-dental program does not require the student to be any particular major. Although the majority of applicants will have majored in either one of the natural sciences (Biology or Chemistry), those admitted to dental schools come from all majors including the humanities and social sciences. Pre-dental majors should expect to take extra courses beyond the minimum needed to graduate. Science majors should expect to take extra courses in the humanities; students with other majors should take additional science courses above the prerequisites listed below. All pre-dental students should emphasize a balanced liberal arts education that includes coursework in the humanities, social sciences and philosophy.
Students should strive to prepare themselves for the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), maintain a high grade point average, work and volunteer in situations where they will have patient contact (e.g. dental practices and dental clinics), and demonstrate good time management skills by active involvement in community service and extracurricular activities such as clubs and student government.
Most dental schools require the following courses be completed prior to admissions. Since admission requirements vary slightly for different dental schools, the student is urged to investigate the specific requirements for the dental school they wish to attend.