Pre-Health Sciences Program

About the Pre-Dentistry Program

Dentists are health-care professionals responsible for keeping our teeth, gums and mouth healthy. In order to become a dentist, students must graduate from a four-year dentistry school. Dental schools attempt to have students spend as much time in the clinic as in the classroom. Students wishing to apply to dental school must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT), a comprehensive test over biology, general chemistry and organic chemistry as well as more abstract concepts such as general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information and perceptual ability. Requirements beyond core classes include: ARTZ 240: Ceramics I and CHEM 336: Biochemistry.

Program curriculum:

CORE 101: Drury Seminar
BIOL 172: Molecular Biology
BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Inheritance
BIOL 182: Evolution
BIOL 200: Ecology
BIOL 201: Biodiversity
CHEM 208/L: Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 238/238L: Inorganic Chemistry
PHYS 211: General Physics I
PHYS 212: General Physics II
CHEM 315/315L: Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 415/415L: Advanced Organic Chemistry
BIOL 336: Biochemistry
BIOL 316 or BIOL 321: Comparative or Comprehensive Human Anatomy
BIOL 334: Developmental Biology
ENGL 207: Expository Writing
BIOL 322/322L: Genetics
BIOL 324: Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 378/379: Adv. Human Physiology I & II

Recommended Courses:

MATH 231: Calculus I
MATH 227: Statistics
BIOL 333: Histology
PSYC 356: Biopsychology

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DAT (Dental Admission Test)


The Dental Admission Test is designed to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information and perceptual ability. The test is administered on a computer almost daily and is required by all dental schools along with a standard application. It is broken down into four sections:  natural sciences, perceptual ability, reading comprehension and quantitative reasoning. Success on the test requires completion of at least one year of collegiate education, including courses in biology, general chemistry and organic chemistry. Dental schools suggest that applicants take the DAT in the year prior to enrollment.