Note: The pre-requisites listed here are a general guideline of common courses required by Dental schools or will help you prepare for the DAT. It is your responsibility to research the specific requirements for each school you are interested in applying to. If you have questions, always contact each individual program.
At least 90 completed semester hours are required before matriculation into dental school; however, more than 90% of all first year dental students have completed a bachelor's degree. Because of this, it is recommended that all pre-dental students plan on completing a bachelor's degree.
Although many pre-dental students select biology as a major, dental schools do not consider one major as better than another. Your major should be chosen based on your interests and strengths and can be in any discipline, science or non-science. It is important to select a major that suits you. Keep in mind that you may use your undergraduate degree to fall back on if you are not accepted into dental school or if you choose to pursue alternate options.