Dec 09, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Pre-Dentistry Minor

Sharon Babcock, Coordinator
: (540) 568-6652

Declaring Pre-Dentistry (Admission Standards)

Incoming first year and transfer students can declare pre-dentistry without verification from PPH Advising. Current students can request to declare the pre-dentistry minor through MyMadison but will need approval for the request to be granted. If the student has completed fewer than 13 hours of biology, chemistry, physics and math (BCPM) credits, the request will be granted after verification of course work. If the student has completed 13 hours or more BCPM credits, the request will be granted if the BCPM GPA is 2.90 or greater.

Access to Pre-Dentistry Advising (Progression Standards)

Once students have completed 13 hours of biology, chemistry, physics and math (BCPM) coursework, they become subject to twice yearly review of their academic progress. Performance queries will be conducted after summer and fall semester grades are posted. If the review indicates successful progress (meeting the standard of a 2.90 BCPM GPA), they will be invited to formal advising activities. Topics include learning about different dental programs and discussing fulfillment of non-academic requirements and recommendations (shadowing, volunteering, research, leadership). Assuming continued progress, students planning for the applicant stage (typically spring of the junior or senior year) are invited to participate in application planning seminars.

Pre-dentistry students who fall below the standards of a 2.90 BCPM GPA are at high risk of not being admitted to a dental school. Targeted advising for these students focuses on strengthening academic skills as well as career exploration. If a student falls below the standards in a subsequent performance review, they will be administratively dropped from the pre-dentistry minor. This action will not impede a student from applying to dental schools, nor will it have an impact on a student’s degree program as the pre-dentistry program is not a major.

Students who wish to re-enter the pre-dentistry minor may do so as long as they meet the GPA standards (2.90 BCPM GPA).

Additional Information

Pre-professional health programs do not ensure that all prerequisites for admission to health professions schools are met. Students should inquire with dental schools of interest to confirm details of admission requirements.

Intermediate and advanced BIO coursework: 16 Credit Hours

Choose from subjects recommended by dental schools:

Writing and Literature: 6 Credit Hours

Mathematics: 6 Credit Hours

Recommend one course in statistics and one course in calculus

Behavioral (PSYC) or social science (SOCI): 3 Credit Hours


BIO 240 /BIO 240L   is a prerequisite.

BIO 290 /BIO 290L  or BIO 370  is a prerequisite.

Total: 66 Credit Hours