Dentistry (DDS, DMD)


Dentists diagnose and treat problems with patients’ teeth, gums, and other parts of the mouth. They provide preventative education and care to prevent tooth and gum disease. Dentists can specialize in public health, endodontics, pathology, radiology, surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, pediatrics and prosthodontics.

Suggested Major*:

Biology and/or Chemistry

*Note: no particular major is required for this program. Recommendation is based on major courses in common with program requirements.

Required Courses**:

  • General Chemistry (1 semester)
    • Recommended RMC courses: CHEM101/102
  • Organic Chemistry (1 semester)
    • Recommended RMC courses: CHEM220
  • General Biochemistry (1 semester)
    • Recommended RMC courses: BIO425
  • General Physics (1 semester)
    • Recommended RMC courses: PHS101/102 OR PHS201/202
  • General Biology or Zoology (2 semesters)
    • Recommended RMC courses: BIO120, BIO203, BIO306, BIO312
  • General Microbiology (1 semester)
    • Recommended RMC courses: BIO350
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (1 semester)
    • Recommended RMC courses: BIO321/322
  • English Composition (1 semester)
    • Recommended RMC courses: ENG119/120

**Note: course requirements differ slightly by institution (pay particular attention to math and organic chemistry requirements). Be sure to check the requirements of the schools you are interested in applying to.

Additional requirements:

  • DAT exam
  • Dental shadowing/observation (minimum 50 hours)
  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Suggested additional courses: Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics, Histology, Neuroscience, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Humanities (particularly those requiring sculpture or 3D drawing).

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