Program IN Pre-Dental

College of Arts and Sciences

On Campus

Personal Advising to Guide You Toward a Career in Dentistry

To be successful in a career in dentistry, you need to care about people and connect with them on a personal level. Strong classes in STEM--science, technology, engineering, and math--combined with a liberal arts education best prepare our students for a successful career in a health care profession, such as dentistry. We invite you to explore how we can share your journey and prepare you for a successful career in health care.

How will Queens prepare me for a career in dentistry? 

At Queens, you will get a personal academic advisor who will guide you throughout your time at Queens. They will ensure you take all the classes you need to in order to fulfill your pre-dental requirements, regardless of what major you take. That matters because you can take any major at Queens along with your concentration in pre-dental.

You study what you want, whether it’s because you find it the most interesting or if it’s because you think it will best prepare you for your career. The liberal arts education Queens offers guarantees you will be well-rounded enough to succeed in your profession. International travel and internship opportunities that Queens provides completes an experience that can't be replicated elsewhere. 

Required Courses

Standardized Exam required for admission: DAT
Resource for national standards: American Dental Education Association  

BIO 201 Cellular and Molecular Foundations
BIO 303 Foundations in Genetics
CHM 111, 111L Chemical Principles I & Lab
CHM 112, 112L Chemical Principles II & Lab
CHM 303, 303L Organic Chemistry I & Lab
CHM 304, 304L Organic Chemistry II & Lab
CHM 401 Biochemistry (with or without CHM 401L lab)
Check particular programs to see if lab is recommended
PHY 201 College Physics I
PHY 202 College Physics II

Total: 36 Hrs. 

Recommended Courses

Math Courses:

Additional math courses may not be needed if the student has sufficient math skills for physics courses.  If one or two semesters of math is required for a particular dental school, consider the following:
ENV 225 Data Analysis for Natural Sciences or other statistics class
MAT 140 Precalculus

Natural Science Courses:

BIO 330 Microbiology
BIO 331 Cell Biology
BIO 213 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 214 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Social Science and Humanities Courses:

PHL 310 Biomedical Ethics
PSY 101 General Psychology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

Art Courses:

Many programs recommend courses in 3-D art to assist with DAT examination and dental school curriculum.
ARS Ceramics
ARS Sculpture

Business Courses:

Many dental programs recommend courses in business, accounting or economics.
ACC 207 Financial Accounting
BUS 218 Communications in Business
ECO 203 Macroeconomics


Consider starting Spanish or continuing it from high school to increase your ability to work with Spanish-speaking patients as this skill will be valuable with demographic trends in the United States.

Contact us:

Dr. Patricia Koplas, PhD, PT 
Pre-Health and Pre-Vet Advisor


Note: Dental school programs typically vary for their requirements.  Be sure to check all programs you are considering applying to early during your undergraduate career for specific pre-requisites needed to apply to that school's program. The information for this list was compiled from the 2015-2016 American Dental Education Association website.

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