Dentistry Majors

Prospective dentists must complete dental school and earn licensure in order to work as a dentist. Get information about undergraduate programs that can prepare you for dental school. Schools offering Dental Assisting degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Dentistry Majors Can I Choose From?

Students typically major in biology, chemistry or some other science at the undergraduate level. However, a science-based degree isn't required for entry into dental school. Any field is generally acceptable as long as you take the necessary sciences courses dental schools require. This may mean enrolling in science courses even though they are not part of your undergraduate major's curriculum.

To get into dental school, you'll also need at least three years of college. Most dental school applicants have earned a bachelor's degree prior to being accepted. In addition to the science degree programs, you can also choose to enroll in a pre-dentistry program.

Possible MajorsBiology, chemistry, or other sciences are common majors, though any major is acceptable as long as the required courses are taken. Pre-dentistry programs may be offered as well.
Pre-Dentistry DetailsCourses include biochemistry, physiology, physics, and inorganic chemistry. Programs help you prepare for the DAT and may require a minimum GPA.
Prerequisites for Pre-DentistryDepending on the program, students with high GPAs, high ACT scores, relevant high school level coursework, and a high level of maturity are good candidates.
Online AvailabilityPrograms at the associate level are often more available online and prepare students to transfer to a 4-year program.
Median Salary (2018)* $156,240 (for all dentists)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)* 19% (for all dentists)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Are the Pre-Dentistry Programs Like?

You'll take courses in natural sciences, such as biology, biochemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, anatomy, physiology and physics. The curriculum for these programs can also help prepare you for the Dental Admissions Test, which is required for entry into dental school. You usually must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the pre-dentistry program in order to get into dental school. You'll be awarded a Bachelor of Science at the end of your pre-dentistry studies.

What Are Some Prerequisites for Pre-Dentistry Programs?

Some pre-dentistry programs only accept high school graduates that exhibit a certain level of seriousness and maturity, as well as those who are academically prepared for the field. Academic preparedness may include taking relevant high school courses, maintaining a high grade point average and performing satisfactorily on ACT tests.

Can I Complete the Pre-Dentistry Program Online?

Online pre-dentistry programs are typically Associate of Science programs designed to help you transfer into a 4-year pre-dentistry program. Courses you'll take at the associate's level include biology, physics, research methodology, scientific instrumentation and organic chemistry. The online programs work on both Windows and Macintosh operating systems and usually require a high-speed Internet connection to access course content and materials.

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