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Pre-Dental Studies Program

Students planning on gaining admission to dental school must successfully combine an academic major with the specific prerequisite requirements of the professional school they wish to attend. Most dental schools provide substantial latitude in the academic majors that students may pursue at the baccalaureate level; for this reason, this program is designed to provide you with guidance in selecting a degree and then tailoring your requirements for dental schools of your choice. When considering which degree to choose for a given graduate and professional school goal, student’s should select a degree that will tap into their passions and interests but be efficient towards their dental schools.

The Pre-Dental Studies program is a non-degree program available at Boise State University.  You will not earn a degree in Pre-Dental Studies (with the exception if you were attending or have attended Boise State between 2012- August of 2018).  Therefore, it is suggested that students are encouraged to work closely with their pre-dental advisor to successfully and efficiently meet both the academic requirements of the major they select and the professional school requirements.

Pre-Professional Studies Advisors

Glenda Hill
Pre-Professional Studies
ghill@boisestate.edu208-426-3832NORCO 116
Erin Colburn
Academic Advisor
erincolburn@boisestate.edu208-426-2454NORCO 116
Thomas Kimble
Academic Advisor
thomaskimble@boisestate.edu208-426-3732NORCO 116

Academic Requirements

The prerequisite courses required by most dental schools include, but are not limited to: ENGL 101-102 Introduction to Writing and Research; CHEM 111, 111L-112, 112L General Chemistry and Labs; BIOL 191-192 Biology I-II; PHYS 111-112 General Physics; and CHEM 307, 308, 309, 310 Organic Chemistry with BIOL 320 Cell Biology, BIOL 310 Genetics and CHEM 350 Fundamentals of Biochemistry are highly recommended.

Students should consult the Admission Requirements of U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools handbook for requirements specific to their professional school of interest. Students need to be aware of deadlines established by dental schools and the DAT testing organization. Admissions examinations, such as the Dental Admission Test (DAT) must be taken at specific times. This examination is not administered on the Boise State campus. Deadlines for applying to dental schools vary yearly from school to school. Students are responsible for determining the specific deadlines and fees.

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ENGL 101 and 102Introduction to Writing and Introduction to Writing and Research6
UF 100Foundations of Intellectual Life3
UF 200Foundations of Ethics and Diversity3
FA FA Approved List (Please see advisor for appropriate course selection) Foundations of Art3
FH FH Approved List (Please see advisor for appropriate course selection)Foundations of Humanities3
PSYC 101 (FS)Introduction to Psychological Science3
FS FS Approved List (Please see advisor for appropriate course selection) - Commonly required SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology, COMM 101 Fundamentals of CommunicationSocial Sciences course in a second field3
MATH 143 (FM) - 144
MATH 170 (FM)
MATH 254 (FM) prereq: MATH108 or higher
Students should consult with the pre-dental advisor to determine appropriate math requirements for their chosen dental schools
Pre-calculus I & II AND/OR
Calculus I AND/OR
Applied Statistics with Computers
BIOL 191 (FN) -192
prereq: MATH 143 or higher
Biology I-II8
CHEM 111, 111L (FN) – 112, 112L
prereq: MATH143 or higher
College Chemistry I and II with Labs8
PHYS 111(FN) prereq: MATH 144 or higher -112
(Students should consult with their advisor about major specific requirements that may indicate PHYS 211/212 would be necessary in place of General Physics i.e. Chemistry majors)
General Physics I and II8
CHEM 307, 308, 309, 310 AND
CHEM 350
Organic Chemistry and Labs
Fundamentals of Biochemistry
Possible upper division requirements or recommendations depending on school selections
BIOL 320
BIOL 310
BIOL 227-228
ZOOL 401
PSYC 301
Cell Biology
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
OR Human Anatomy and Physiology
Human Physiology
Abnormal Psychology
BIOL 303
Intro to Microbiology OR
General Microbiology

Non-academic Requirements

In addition to academic coursework, pre-dental studies students have opportunities to work in a clinical environment and observe the practice and delivery of healthcare through arranged internships. Qualified students may register for an internship. These students work and study in a clinical setting with practicing dentists. To register for an internship, students must have upper-division standing, cumulative GPA above 3.25, approval of their advisor, and consent of the instructor. See the course description for HLTH 493 Internship. Students participating in clinically oriented internships will need to submit to a criminal background check at their own expense.

Excellent Resources for Pre-Dental Students