Pre-Dentistry

The Department of Biological Sciences offers outstanding preparation for a career in medicine or dentistry.  The suggested curriculum below fulfills the admissions criteria for both the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville schools of dentistry.  The Pre-Medicine curriculum is similar and is available on a separate webpage.

 To be a competitive dental school applicant, students should adhere closely to the suggested Pre-Medicine / Pre-Dentistry curriculum, earn an overall GPA of at least 3.2, and earn a Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math (BCPM) GPA of at least 3.2.  A strong performance on the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is crucial.  The DAT is offered at Sylvan Learning Centers on computer, but you must apply to take the exam through the American Dental Association.  The objective is to take the DAT after the Spring semester of the Junior year, so the student should begin preparing for the examination as early as the Fall of the Sophomore year.  Dental schools use this national examination to compare applicants from different undergraduate institutions.  Presently a score of 18 is average for admission.

 

 

 

Curriculum

 


General Education Requirements - 38-43 hrs: includes general psychology, mathematics, general physics I & II. Required Courses - 40 hrs: Transitions, Cellular Basis of Life, Biological Inquiry and Analysis, General Zoology, General Botany, Cell Biology, Animal Physiology, Genetics, Senior Seminar and 12 hours of Biology electives, 300 level and above). Chemistry Co-Requirements - 18 hrs. Required Minor - 21 hrs (Chemistry minor strongly recommended). Electives – 6-14 hrs (Writing Composition Course Recommended; remaining hours can be biology courses or courses in other departments. Suggested biology electives include Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Vertebrate Histology, Parasitology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, or Neurobiology). Total Curriculum Requirements ‑ 120 hrs.