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PreDentistry Advising Program PDFDownload to print

College of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

105 Bowman Hall
Tel: 330-672-2062


Pre-Dentistry, a pre-professional advising program, provides students with an opportunity for further dental school training after completing their undergraduate degree. Students take courses to prepare for the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) and coursework in dental school. In addition to declaring this program, students must be admitted to a bachelor's degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students who plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in Biology or Chemistry, which have their own pre-dentistry concentration, should not declare this program.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers programs for students who wish to pursue professional careers in medicine. These pre-medical programs are designed to provide a sound basis in biology and chemistry, along with coursework in physics and mathematics. The pre-medicine/pre-osteopathy, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-dentistry and pre-pharmacy programs are intended to prepare students for advanced, professional study in the medical sciences.

These programs meet the coursework requirements for admission to most medical schools. Students who wish to pursue a pre-medical program would be well advised, however, to check carefully the admissions requirements of the professional schools they wish to enter. Students also should seek advice regularly from their faculty advisors.

Students may pursue pre-medical programs under the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Science degree or a carefully designed Bachelor of Integrative Studies degree. The pre-medical programs serve as advising programs for students in the B.A., B.S. and B.I.S.programs.


Admission Requirements

Admission requirements differ among dental schools.

General Admission for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admission for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Students should consult with a faculty pre-dentistry advisor each semester for assistance in choosing classes, the appropriate sequencing of classes, and to ensure entrance requirements for selected dental schools are being met.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
KBS BSCI 10120 Biological Foundations 4
    30140 Cell Biology 4
    30156 Elements of Genetics 3
    30171 General Microbiology 4
    40430 Animal Physiology 3
  Choose from the following: 4-5
KMC MATH 12002 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (5)  
    12021 Calculus for Life Sciences (4)  
  Choose from the following: 3
  MATH 12022 Probability and Statistics for Life Sciences (3)  
    30011 Basic Probability and Statistics (3)  
  Choose one from the following groups: 10
KBS CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I (4)  
 KBS   10061 General Chemistry II (4)  
 KBS   10062 General Chemistry Laboratory I (1)  
 KBS   10063 General Chemistry Laboratory II (1)  
KBS   10960 Honors General Chemistry (5)  
KBS   10961 Honors General Chemistry (5)  
  Choose one from the following groups: 6
  CHEM 20481 Basic Organic Chemistry I (4)  
    20482 Basic Organic Chemistry II (2)  
    30481 Organic Chemistry I (3)  
    30482 Organic Chemistry II (3)  
  Both groups take:  
  CHEM 30475 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    30476 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1
  Choose one from the following groups: 10
KBS PHY 13001 General College Physics I (4)  
KBS   13002 General College Physics II (4)  
KBS   13021 General College Physics Laboratory I (1)  
KBS   13022 General College Physics Laboratory II (1)  
KBS ** 23101 General University Physics I (5)  
KBS ** 23102 General University Physics II (5)  

Students are encouraged, after consultation with a faculty pre-dentistry advisor to select from the following Kent Core Requirements and general elective courses to help prepare for a career in dentistry:

COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication* (3)
ECON 22060 Principles of Microeconomics* (3)
  42086 Economics of Healthcare (3)
PHIL 21001 Introduction to Ethics* (3)
PSYC 11762 General Psychology* (3)
  40111 Abnormal Psychology (3)
  41363 Biopsychology (3)
SOC 12050 Introduction to Sociology* (3)
  42563 Sociology of Health and Health Care (3)


  * Courses that also fulfill Kent Core Requirements

** The pre/corequisite for PHY 23101 is MATH 12002; the pre/corequisite for PHY 23102 is MATH 12003.


NOTE: All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.