Pre-Dental Studies

The pre-dental studies designation (“pre-dental designation”) is designed for undergraduate students who are planning on pursuing DDS or DMD. Pre-dental designation status is not intended for students enrolled in QU’s entry-level professional track programs. The pre-dental designation is not a stand-alone program and is completed in addition to the student’s undergraduate degree and major. Application to dental school may require coursework outside of a specific major. The pre-dental designation allows students to enroll in and track completion of these core requirements. While the pre-dental designation will cover the majority of standard pre-requisite courses, requirements may vary by dental school. Students are responsible for checking their intended dental programs in advance of the AADSAS application process to determine if additional coursework is required. Interested students may enroll in the pre-dental designation after the start of classes.

To receive the pre-dental studies designation upon graduation, the following are required:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above in required pre-dental designation courses
  2. Minimum of 18 credit hours of pre-dental designation coursework must be completed at Quinnipiac

Grades received for pre-dental designation courses taken at other universities may be utilized for transfer student GPA calculations. Congruent with the American Dental Education Association policy and dental school admissions policies, grades will not be “replaced” for repeated coursework to determine the final pre-dental designation GPA and online courses will not be accepted.

In addition to strong academic performance, pre-dental designation enrollees must actively pursue experiences and opportunities throughout their undergraduate years to gain exposure to dentistry and patient interaction. A wide range of skills and competencies should be developed through experiences such as:

  • extended exposure to healthcare and dentistry (shadowing, clinical work, volunteering, etc.),
  • research outside of the curriculum,
  • substantial volunteer efforts and community involvement,
  • leadership experiences.

Activities and experiences that develop and exhibit strong manual dexterity skills should also be pursued. Active participation in Pre-Health Advising Office educational workshops, advising, and events is expected.

Transfer Students

Students who transfer to Quinnipiac University and wish to receive the pre-dental studies designation must complete a minimum of 18 credits of the required designation coursework at Quinnipiac. Grades received for pre-dental designation courses taken at other universities may be utilized for transfer student GPA calculations to determine eligibility. Online courses will not be accepted for any pre-dental designation requirements.

Advanced Placement Credits

Many dental schools will not accept AP credits as replacement for prerequisite courses. Some dental schools may accept AP credits provided that the applicant completes advanced level coursework in the same discipline. Students are encouraged to check with the specific AP policies and course requirements of dental schools through the ADEA website and the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools.

Course Requirements

All courses listed in this section may count toward both the major (if applicable) and the pre-dental studies designation.

Required Courses (All Courses Required for a Minimum of 46 Credits)

Students must complete all of the listed required courses, as they are the minimum prerequisites for application to dental schools and cover content tested on the Dental Admission Test (DAT).

Required Courses
Select one of the following:4
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
Select one of the following:4
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
Select one of the following:4
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
University Physics ( (includes lab))
Select one of the following courses:4
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
University Physics II ((includes lab))
Required courses:
CHE 110
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
CHE 111
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
CHE 210
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHE 211
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHE 315
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab I
BMS 370
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
MA 141Calculus of a Single Variable3
MA 275Biostatistics3

In addition to required pre-dental designation courses, students should complete any two (2) English courses and Psychology 101 (PS 101) to meet many dental school admission requirements. Advanced sciences such as Anatomy & Physiology, Genetics, Histology, and Cell Biology, as well as ethics and philosophy courses, are highly recommended.