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
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.