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In order to become a dentist, you must:

  • complete a bachelor’s degree (in any major)
  • take the appropriate pre-requisite coursework
  • take the Dental Admission Test (DAT)
  • complete a doctorate in dentistry (DDS or DMD)
  • obtain a license to practice in desired state (usually requires board examination)

What should I major in?

While there is no prescribed major for admission into dental school, it is imperative that students complete all required courses for admission. Dental schools vary in their requirements, and it is important for you to learn what coursework the schools that interest you want. Choose your major according to your strengths, interest and alternative career choices.

Minimally, a student should complete these courses at WCU for UNC-CH, ECU, and many other dental schools:

  • BIOL 140, BIOL 141, BIOL 361 or CHEM 361 (for UNC-CH dental school)
    Principles of Biology I, Principles of Biology II, Principles of Biochemistry
  • CHEM 139, CHEM 140, CHEM 241, CHEM 242
    General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry II
  • PHYS 130, PHYS 131
    Introductory Physics I, Introductory Physics II
  • MATH 130 (plus an additional math course for ECU dental school)
    College Algebra

Advanced coursework in Biology and Chemistry including Biochemistry is highly recommended.

Who can help me at WCU?

Zachary Williams at 828.227.2555 or

Honors College students contact: Emily Sharpe at 828.227.3277 or


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