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Pre Dental Students

"Dentistry is defined as the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment (nonsurgical, surgical or related procedures) of diseases, disorders and/or conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and/or the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body; provided by a dentist, within the scope of his/her education, training and experience, in accordance with the ethics of the profession and applicable law." - ADA House of Delegates,

Dental school is a four-year professional curriculum, ending with either a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). There is no difference between these two degrees and both are able to become a general dentist or pursue one of the nine recognized dental specialties.

As an Aggie, your Pre Dental School Advisor, Karen Hudson, is here to guide you every step of the way. Below are a few things to get you started.

Texas has three dental programs:

Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry

University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston

University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School

Dental School Prerequisites*:


Area* TAMU* Hours*
English ENGL 104 & any literature/tech. writing

STAT 201,211, 301,302 or 303, INFO 303, SCMT 303 or PSYC 203

Introductory Biology w/ Labs BIOL 111 & BIOL 112
Inorganic Chemistry w/ Labs CHEM 101 / 111 & CHEM 102 / 112
Organic Chemistry w/ Labs CHEM 227 / 237 & CHEM 228 / 238


Physics w/ Labs PHYS 201 & PHYS 202 or 208 & 218
Upper-level Biology (see handout or OPSA Advisor for list)
Microbiology BIOL 351 or VTPB 405
Biochemistry BICH 410         3


*See OPSA Dental School Handout for details, options and other requirements.

Selection Criteria:

1.) Academic Performance: overall GPR, science GPR, prerequisite GPR

2.) Semester course load and academic rigor

3.) Test Score: Dental Admission Test

4.) Application: dental experience, extracurricular activities, community service, leadership, honors / awards, research, work, essay

5.) Letters of Evaluation

6.) Interviews

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