Recommended Courses

Requirements are largely identical to those of medical schools.  West Virginia University’s Dental School requires:

  • English Composition and Rhetoric (6 hours)
  • Zoology or Biology with Lab (8 hours)
  • Inorganic Chemistry with Lab (8 hours)
  • Organic Chemistry with Lab (8 hours)
  • Physics with Lab (8 hours)
  • Recommended additional courses in biochemistry, cell/molecular biology, anatomy & physiology, microbiology, developmental biology, genetics, and psychology.

The majority of Wesleyan’s pre-dentistry students pursue majors in biology and chemistry.  The health professions seek well-rounded applicants who have demonstrated high achievement in both academic work and other activities.  Most schools base their admission decisions on grade point average, score on admissions tests, interview, and personal references.  No preference is given to science majors; applicants are advised to select a major to satisfy personal and intellectual interests.  Students interested in medical careers are advised to begin investigating those professions seriously during the first college year as specific requirements for each field of medicine may differ.  Students should consult the admission requirements of several institutions when preparing their undergraduate coursework.  Students who are interested in a pre-dentistry or health-related field, should contact Dr. Jeanne Sullivan, Chairperson of the Biology Department and Associate Professor of Biology at or Dr. Ed Wovchko, Chairperson of the Chemistry Department and Associate Professor of Chemistry at

Go to for the American Dental Association website.