Linda Raubeson, PhD
Department of Biological Sciences
Science Building 338L
Most students enter dental school with a bachelor’s degree. A pre-dentistry major is not offered. Any major is acceptable provided the dental school admission requirements are met. Most students major in biology or chemistry. Schools vary in which science classes are required. A background in the social sciences and humanities is also expected; however, there are no firm expectations for coursework in these subjects beyond English. The American Dental Association (ADA) website, www.ada.org/ provides links to individual dental schools. Pre-dental students are encouraged to learn the specific requirements for their potential schools. Students applying to dental school must have taken the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT). Information on the DAT is also available on the ADA website. General biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry courses should be completed prior to attempting the DAT. Completing additional coursework in biology should also improve DAT performance.