Choosing an Undergraduate Major

Competition is high for admission to dental schools. While some dental programs do not require an undergraduate degree for admission, students are urged to elect a degree program rather than fulfilling the minimum requirements for entry into professional programs.

All dental schools have different requirements for admission. However, there are specific pre-requisites that should be completed in order to be admitted into a professional school and many benefits to selecting a science major as you pursue success in the field, including:

Why choose to major in science?

  • Pre-requisites for most professional programs often favor and lean heavily toward science majors. Learn more about prerequisites.
  • By studying science at IUPUI, students have opportunities to work, learn and participate in research in both IU Medical and IU Dental School right on campus. Access to both schools located on campus is a benefit that no other college in Indiana can offer students. 
  • Many science undergraduate degrees are marketable to future employers even if the student chooses not to pursue professional schooling.

While fulfilling curriculum requirements for dental school admission, Science@IUPUI students can create their own undergraduate path to a successful career in dentistry.