Calvin's pre-dental program will prepare you not only for acceptance into some of the best dental schools in the country, but also to be a compassionate and well-rounded healthcare provider. Whether you're interested in general dentistry or in a dental specialty, a liberal arts education at Calvin can help you achieve your goals.

Overview

As a pre-dental student at Calvin, you'll have the flexibility to pursue any major as you complete the courses required for dental school. These classes include a range of chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics. You will also meet regularly with the pre-dental faculty advisor to plan your path to dentistry school.

Careers in Pre-Dentistry

  • General dentistry
  • orthodontics
  • pediatric dentistry
  • oral surgery
  • More

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Student involvement

Pre-dental club; Laboratory assisting in Biology or Chemistry; Work on ecosystem restoration projects; International Health and Development Club

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By the numbers

9.0-10.0
The average MCAT score of Calvin students
3
Faculty who taught in medical schools
200
Pre-medical and pre-dental students at Calvin

Course Requirements 2013-14

Pre-Dental

Students planning to apply to medical or dental schools should consult R.Nyhof of the Biology department, faculty advisor for the pre-medical and pre-dental programs. Students should also note the general college core requirements listed under the core curriculum. For basic information regarding timelines, requirements, etc., Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental students should consult the Pre-Med/Dental website, using the A-Z index on Calvin?s home page.

A student may select any major concentration and still meet the entrance requirements for all medical and dental schools. However, nationwide the majority of the applicants to medical and dental schools are science majors.

For those students not majoring in biology, the minimum science requirements for entrance into nearly all medical or dental schools are met by the following:

  • Three courses in Biology (which should be selected in consultation with the pre-medical advisor)
  • CHEM-103 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM-104 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM-261 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM-262 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM-303 Fundamentals of Biochemistry or CHEM-323 Biochemistry I is required by some schools
  • PHYS-221 and PHYS-222 General Physics (or equivalent)
  • MATH-132 Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences (recommended)
  • MATH-143 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (recommended)
  • A two semester calculus sequence, MATH-171 and MATH-172 (previously 161-162), is required by very few schools.

Because of the changes in the Biology department core curriculum, students are strongly encouraged to take BIOL-331 Comparative Animal and Human Physiology or BIOL-206 Human Physiology to better prepare them for MCATs and DATs.

Because a few schools have unique requirements, students should consult with R.Nyhof to determine specific requirements of the schools to which they intend to apply.

Pre-medical and pre-dental students normally take their Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or Dental Admissions Test (DAT) in the spring of their junior year and should apply for admission to medical or dental schools during the early summer prior to their senior year.

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2013-14 academic year.

Ivan E. and Rebecca J. Boerman Pre-Dental Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore
  • GPA of 3.2+
  • financial need not required; pursuing a program in dentistry
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Calvin Dental Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • financial need is not required, but may be considered; demonstrate involvement in research, extracurricular college activities, or in the dental community here or abroad
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. Paul and Mrs. Doris Dirkse Health Care Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • good academic record
  • financial need considered; Christian character; motivation; potential for service
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
William J. and Glenda Masselink Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; pursuing pre-dentistry, pre-medicine or physics
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Drs. Richard James and Susan Beving Strikwerda Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.5+
  • financial need not required; preference to graduates of Holland Christian HS, David Glasgow Farragut HS, or Montgomery County Public HS
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
James and Dolly (Hofman) Strikwerda Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • evidence that the scholarship is needed to help meet educational expenses
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Peter V. Tigchelaar Pre-Medical/Dental Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.5+
  • financial need required; involvement in community or extracurricular college activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
William and Lois Venema Pre-Dental Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Steven M. Zifferblatt Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,100
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; pursuing a career in a health care profession
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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Faculty

Carolyn Anderson

Carolyn Anderson
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 335
cea3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6343

Eric Arnoys

Eric Arnoys
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 233
earnoys@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6051

David Benson

David Benson
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 303
deb22@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7699

Ronald Blankespoor

Ronald Blankespoor
Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 227
blan@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6174

Randall DeJong

Randall DeJong
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
DH 109
rdejong@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7625

Roger DeKock

Roger DeKock
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 301
dekock@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6344

Herbert Fynewever

Herbert Fynewever
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 229
hrf3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7711

Loren Haarsma

Loren Haarsma
Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
SB 260
lhaarsma@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8517

Paul Harper

Paul Harper
Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
SB 161
pharper@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6408

Rich Nyhof

Rich Nyhof
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 111
nyhr@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6347

Anding Shen

Anding Shen
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 209
as28@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6025

Kumar Sinniah

Kumar Sinniah
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 225
ksinniah@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6058

Chad Tatko

Chad Tatko
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 307
cdt2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7584

Peter Tigchelaar

Peter Tigchelaar
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 107
ptigch@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6346

John Ubels

John Ubels
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 213
jubels@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6219

Randall Van Dragt

Randall Van Dragt
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 113
vdra@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6497

Douglas Vander Griend

Douglas Vander Griend
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 231
dav4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8729

Amy Wilstermann

Amy Wilstermann
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 129
amw26@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7620

Talk to us

Arlene Hoogewerf Arlene Hoogewerf
Department Chair
department chair
Department of Biology
DH 105
ahoogewe@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8668

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