Dental school

Academics

Most dental schools require similar coursework for admission. The DAT exam also covers a broad range of topics taught throughout the WSU curriculum.  The following classes are recommended to cover both the required coursework for most US dental schools and the material necessary for DAT preparation.  Remember, the classes listed below do not consititute a major but many can be taken in correlation with a pre-dental minor.

For a complete list of requirements to specific dental schools, go to the ADEA.org website under Predoctoral Dental Education Programs.

View a comparison of admissions requirements and admission statistics for the two Michigan dental schools. 

Minimum Recommended Courses

Biology

2 courses with lab; additional upper division coursework recommended.

BIO 1500    4 cr.
BIO 1510 4 cr.
BIO 2200 4 cr.

Biochemistry

One course required

BIO 3100          3 cr. (no lab) 
OR  
CHM 5600 3 cr. (no lab)

Chemistry

Two semesters of general with lab; 2 semesters of organic with lab

CMH 1220/1230                                                 5 cr.      
CMH 1240/1250 5 cr.
CMH 2220/2230 5 cr.
CMH 2280/2290 5 cr.           

Physics

Two semesters with lab. 

PHY 2130/2131 or PHY 2170/2171               4 cr.   
PHY 2140/2141 or PHY 2180/2181 4 cr.

Social/Behavioral Science

Two to three courses strongly recommended and required by many schools.

PSY 1010 or 1020 3-4 cr.
SOC 2000 3 cr.

English

Two courses; ENG 1020 followed by one course for Intermediate Composition - English 3010 recommended.