Pre-Dental Curriculum

Pre-dental students must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours prior to making application to UNMC’s College of Dentistry in Lincoln, although preference is usually given to students who have received a bachelor’s degree.  Students are strongly encouraged to choose a major of interest and follow the requirements for that major while completing the necessary pre-dental courses.  It is common for students to choose science majors to complement the pre-dental curriculum; however, majors may be chosen from other areas of interest, as well. 

            Students applying to Creighton University’s Dental program must secure a minimum of 64 credit hours before entering the program.  Preference is given to Creighton students.

            No courses taken for Advanced Placement, dual enrollment, or CLEP will be accepted at either UNMC or Creighton’s College of Dentistry.

The DAT is required.  To be competitive, a minimum GPA of 3.0 is needed.

No grade below C will be accepted.

Biological Sciences                                                                   (8 credit hours minimum)

BIOL 1450                                  Biology I                                                            5 credits

BIOL 1750                                  Biology II                                                           5 credits

Recommended Electives

BIOL 2140                                  Genetics                                                             4 credits

BIOL 2440                                  Biology of Microorganisms                                     4 credits

BIOL 3020                                  Molecular Biology of the Cell                                  3 credits

BIOL 3240                                  Introduction to Immunology                                  3 credits

BIOL 4950                                  Vertebrate Embryology & Anatomy                         4 credits                        


         Chemical Sciences                                                                    (16 credit hours minimum)

CHEM 1180* & 1184                    General Chemistry I & Lab                                      4 credits

CHEM 1190 & 1194                      General Chemistry II & Lab                                   4 credits

CHEM 2250                                 Organic Chemistry I                                             3 credits

CHEM 2260 & 2274                      Organic Chemistry II & Lab                                    5 credits

CHEM 3650 & 3654                      Fundamentals of Biochemistry & Lab (Recomm.)      4 credits

*Requires Math 1310 or placement beyond, plus CHEM 1140 & 1144 or placement beyond as pre-requisites.


Physics                                                                                    (10 credit hours minimum)

         PHYS 1110 & 1154                       General Physics I & Lab                                        5 credits

 PHYS 1120 & 1164                       General Physics II & Lab                                       5 credits


         PHYS 2110* & 1154                     General Physics I – Calculus Level & Lab                  5 credits

         PHYS 2120* & 1164                     General Physics II – Calculus Level & Lab                 5 credits


Mathematics                                                                             (0 credit hours minimum)

MATH 1310 is a pre-requisite for chemistry and physics.  A mathematics course is not required if    proficiency is established by a MPE of 3 or an ACT math subscore of 23 or better.


English Composition                                                                 (6 credit hours minimum)

ENGL 1150                                 English Composition I                                           3 credits

ENGL 1160 or 1164                      English Composition II                                          3 credits

(Advanced writing composition courses can be substituted, if proficiency is established by examination.)


General Education                                             ________        _____________________

Students will likely take many of these courses as part of their undergraduate degree requirements.  Some suggested courses include: 


PHIL 1210                       Critical Thinking                                                   3 credits

PSYC 1010                       Introduction to Psychology                                    3 credits

SOC 1010                   Introduction to Sociology                                       3 credits

ECON 2200/2220             Introduction to Economics—Micro/Macro                  3 credits

            Any history, philosophy, fine arts, foreign languages, literature, or political science courses.