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Pre-Dental Track Information

What classes do I need to take? Courses Required or Recommended

Dental School admission requirements are determined by each dental school. Since a dental school can add additional courses to its requirements at anytime, it is essential that a student looks up the most up-to-date information directly from the dental schools. Use the ADEA Offical Guide to Dental Schools.

Courses Required at the 2 State of Michigan Dental Schools:

    • General Biology I + lab (Biol 105) [formerly Biol 260]
    • General Biology II + lab (Biol 106) [formerly Biol 240]
    • Microbiology + lab (Biol 231 or 301)
    • General Chemistry I (Chem 125) + Gen Chem Lab I (Chem 127)
    • General Chemistry II (Chem 126) + Gen Chem Lab II (Chem 128)
    • [or another option for General Chemistry is:]
    • Accelerated General Chemistry (Chem 131) + Accel Gen Chem Lab (Chem 132)
    • Organic Chemistry I (Chem 221) + Org Chem Lab I (Chem 255)
    • Organic Chemistry II (Chem 231) + Org Chem Lab II (Chem 256)
    • Biochemistry I (Chem 311)
    • Biochemistry II (Chem 314) [lab course is optional]
    • [you can take either one; depends on your major!]
    • College Physics I (Phys 105) + Physics Lab I (Phys 141)
    • College Physics II (Phys 106)+ Physics Lab II (Phys 142)
    • or
    • General Physics I (Phys 121) + Physics Lab I (Phys 141)
    • General Physics II (Phys 122) + Physics Lab I (Phys 142)
    • Psychology (Psy 100)
    • Sociology (Soc 101)
    • English (Engl 113 & upper level English [Engl 213 & Engl 214])

Courses for other Dental Schools may be looked here.

Courses Required at Some Dental Schools or Highly Recommended at Dental Schools:

  • Mathematics (Calculus 131 or Statistics 210 or 311/312)
  • Human Anatomy (Kin 200 or Bio 332)
  • Human Physiology (Biol 221 or 442)
  • Communications (Comm 140)
  • Business or Economics

You may borrow a copy of ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools from HPA or from Van Wylen Library Reference desk.

Dental Admission Test (DAT) covers basic material in biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry. Those courses may be completed during the first 3 years, so the student is appropriately prepared. The DAT also includes sections testing perceptual ability, reading comprehension, and quantitative reasoning. Students take the DAT after sophomore or junior year.

What do I major in? Choice of Major

Dental schools seek students with diverse and broad academic backgrounds. Students should select a major area of study that is of interest and that will provide a foundation of knowledge necessary for the pursuit of several career alternatives. Dental schools are most concerned with the overall quality and scope of undergraduate work and level of rigor; not with the specific academic major. While many students who are pursuing a career in dentistry are interested in the sciences and major in one of the sciences, others with interests in the social sciences, humanities, or the arts, may major in one of those areas.

More Important Pre-Dental Track Information


For current Hope students, advising & questions related to the pre-dental track at Hope College, please contact HPA Professor T Prokopow.

For all others, please contact, Hope College Admissions Office.