Pre-Dental Program

A survey of eight dental schools to whom ESU students have sent applications indicates that the minimum science requirements for acceptance are as listed below. The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) dental school is compared below to the average requirements since most ESU students are accepted there. All science courses must have an accompanying laboratory:




General Chemistry

2 semesters

2 semesters

Organic Chemistry

1 semester*

2 semesters


2 semesters

2 semesters#

General Biology

2 semesters

2 semesters

* One semester is allowed at UMKC "if it is a terminal course which includes a study of both aliphatic and aromatic series...Biochemistry may not be substituted for organic chemistry."
# The two semesters of physics may be calculus based courses or not depending on the specific dental school.

A poll of ESU students at UMKC shows that they consider previous experience in certain courses to be valuable as an "early introduction" which helps them do well in course work in dental school. These courses include biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and histology. There are some feelings that the "crafts" course offered by the Art Department could also be helpful since that course covers phases of metal working used in dental work such as mould-making, casting, metal forming, soldering and finishing.

Dental school admissions committees also consider the applicants involvement in extra curricular activities and work experience in the dental field as positive factors when selecting dental students.

A major in chemistry can provide an excellent background for dental studies, especially the BA program. All pre-dental students should make use of the Pre-Dental Advisor for advice, counseling, and recommendations, but they should consider the meeting of all the requirements of the dental school(s) they plan to apply for admission as their responsibility.  Most of these requirements can be found on the Web and should be researched by you early in your undergraduate program.