Pre-denistry is not a major at Southeast Missouri State University. It is possible to gain preparation for dental school while pursuing any academic major in the university; however, most students find that the preponderance of biology coursework required by dental schools, and for preparation for the DAT, makes the biomedical sciences option in biology an attractive major. The Biology: Biomedical Sciences option is designed especially for students in the pre-health professions. Students should see the pre-dental advisor during their first semester at Southeast. Most dental schools have similar pre-professional course requirements. It is recommended, however, that you check out the specific requirements for the schools you are interested in and include these in your planning. For example, three schools require calculus. Make your “pool” of potential schools as big as possible. There are 54 accredited dental schools in the United States. This information can be obtained from the pre-dental advisor in the Department of Biology.

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