Pre-Dentistry

Program Description

Students entering one of the nine dentistry specialty fields can choose any major but they have to complete prescribed prerequisites of their transfer institution before they can apply to a dentistry program. It is advised to choose a major that most closely aligns with ones interests such as biology or chemistry.

Prior to application to dental school, students must typically complete 90 credit hours but preference will be given to those who have completed a bachelor’s degree. The minimum cumulative and science (biology, chemistry and physics courses) GPA is 3.0. Students should be well-rounded, taking courses in both the sciences and the humanities. Pre-Dentistry students are encouraged to get as many “relevant life experiences”, job shadowing, and volunteer hours related to dentistry as possible (+200 hours). Patient care experience is required.

Pre-dentistry students will benefit from going above and beyond in their coursework. Strong relationships with faculty will be helpful in achieving this level of study. Students with volunteer/internship experience in their community within the dental environment will be at an advantage. Students with community college credits are often in the best position to enter dentistry school as they have acquired less debt during their undergraduate academic careers.

Preparation

Students planning a career in dentistry should take classes in math and sciences. Other recommended electives include art (3-D drawing or sculpture), cell biology, histology, human anatomy, microbiology, genetics, immunology and statistics.

Program Requirements

Those students completing the suggested curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Science degree and are eligible to transfer to a four-year institution. Contact your BSC advisor and your desired transfer institution(s) for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

Students entering dentistry school are typically required to have a bachelor's degree. To be considered by a school of dentistry, a student must maintain a grade point average of “B” and place high on the Dental Admission Test. The application process (unless applying in Texas) is via the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS).

 

Contact

JoDe Knutson-Person • Jack Science Center 319
701-224-5540
JoDe.Knutson.Person@bismarckstate.edu

Associate in Science

College degree requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits63
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Enrichment  
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Math, Science & Technology  
BIOL 150 General Biology I 3
BIOL 150L General Biology I Lab 1
BIOL 151 General Biology II 3
BIOL 151L General Biology II Lab 1
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Lab 1
MATH 107 Pre-Calculus 1 4
 Credits33
2nd Year
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Electives  
CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 241L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 242L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
PHYS 211 College Physics I 3
PHYS 211L College Physics I Lab 1
PHYS 212 College Physics II 3
PHYS 212L College Physics II Lab 1
Social & Behavioral Science  
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3
 Credits30
 Total Credits63
Additional Electives
ART 124Three-Dimensional Design3
ART 265Sculpture I2
BIOL 220Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIOL 220LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab1
BIOL 221Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIOL 221LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab1
MATH 210Elementary Statistics3
MICR 202Introductory Microbiology3
MICR 202LIntroductory Microbiology Lab1

General Education & Diversity Course Matrix Requirements

It is highly recommended to take both semesters of a year long course at one institution.  (Example:  CHEM 121/121L in the fall followed byCHEM 122/122L in the spring.)