Dentistry is the branch of the healing arts and sciences devoted to maintaining the health of the teeth, gums and other hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity. A dentist is a scientist dedicated to the highest standards of health through the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases and conditions. The vast majority of dentists are in general practice (85%).
The American Dental Association currently recognizes nine dental specialties:
  • Dental Public Health
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics

There are additional careers in the dental profession such as dental hygienist, dental lab technician, and many more.  While the information contained on our page refers specifically to students who plan on applying to dental school to become a dentist, we are happy to meet with you to discuss alternate dental careers.  As a starting point, the ADA has information on other careers in dentistry



These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student's responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution.


Recommended CSU Courses

General Biology, 2 semesters w/ lab

LIFE102 and LIFE 103

General Chemistry, 2 semesters w/ lab

CHEM111/112 and CHEM113/114

Organic Chemistry, 2 semesters w/ lab

CHEM 341 AND CHEM 343/4

General Physics, 2 semesters w/ lab

PH 121 and PH 122 or PH 141 and PH 142

Microbiology, 1 semester

MIP 300 (required at CU-Denver)

Biochemistry, 1 semester

BC 351 (required at CU-Denver)

English Composition, 1 semester

CO 150

Calculus, 1 semester

MATH 155 or MATH 160

Other recommended courses

BMS 300/302, BMS 301, MIP302, Advanced Composition, PSYC100, Statistics, BMS450, BMS460, SPCM200

Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS):

American Dental Association:





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