Academic Preparation for Admission into Texas Dental Programs

There are three dental schools in Texas, all public institutions. Career options include: general dentistry; dental public health; endodontics; oral & maxillofacial pathology, radiology, or surgery; orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics; pediatric dentistry;periodontics; and prosthodontics.

Most students find additional science coursework to be beneficial in performing well on the Dental Admission Test (DAT).


Dental Schools require no specific academic major, but do require:

  • 14 hours biological sciences
  • 8 hours inorganic chemistry
  • 8 hours organic chemistry
  • 3 hours biochemistry
  • 8 hours physics
  • 3 hours Statistics 
  • 6 hours of English.

All prerequisite courses must be designed for Science Majors. Dental Schools in other states may have a different slate of core requirements. Most dental colleges do not accept AP credit to meet admission requirements. Natural Science majors are efficient pathways to dental colleges. If you choose a major outside Biology, Biomedical Science, or Chemistry, you must include the basic science requirements for dental school along with satisfying requirements appropriate for your major. Any academic major is suitable and acceptable for dental school as long as the prerequisite coursework is complete. Other academic majors and minors can be used, but may require more coursework than the usual 120-hour baccalaureate. 

Serious students seeking dental career opportunities should seek advisement from the Office Pre-Health Professional Advising (OPPA).

See also:

American Dental Education Association

American Student Dental Association