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Calvin's Programs - Pre-Dental

What should you major in?

Students in labNationally, most dental school applicants are biology majors of some type. However, you would have just as good a chance of being accepted to dental school with a music, history, or any other major. So, you should select a major in a field that you enjoy, where you can get good grades; something your really good at.

Calvin's biology B.S. program has strong research, quantitative, and interdisciplinary components. Choose the B.S. degree program if you plan to pursue professional, advanced-degree program in dentistry.

Talk this over with a pre-medical/dental advisor and your major advisor.

When should you select a major?

You should select a major by the end of your sophomore year, and preferably before. 

What specific courses do you need to get into dental school?

The course requirements are really minimal. Specifically, you should have 3 courses in molecular and organismal biology (Biology 141, 205, and 206), Chemistry 103-104, and 261-262, Physics 221-222, and many medical schools recommend (or require) two math courses (e.g., Mathematics 132 and 143). Some schools may have other specific requirements, so check with the pre-dental advisor if you have questions. You may also refer to the timeline for success for a more detailed, semester breakdown of requirements.

What about math?

Very few dental schools require a year of calculus, but most recommend one semester. Others require or recommend 1-2 semesters of college mathematics. A list of schools that specifically require calculus is available from the pre-dental advisor.

Are there core requirements?

Yes. The liberal arts core requirements at Calvin are designed to provide an educational foundation from a Christian perspective.  Not fulfilling core will result in a graduation delay.

Secondary

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Let's meet

Meet with a pre-medical/dental advisor each year to stay on track in your studies and develop your medical or dental school recommendation.

Rich Nyhof

Rich Nyhof