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What degree would I need to become a Dentist?

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Estelle’s Answer

In the US, to apply to dental school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.
Pick a major that interests you so you don't mind devoting a majority of your hours to studying. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for dental school. You then need to study for and take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). Be sure to study for this using a prep course book or online service.
In college, your major is not as important as your undergraduate grades, your DAT score, your letters of reference, and your personal statements on your dental school application. For now, just focus on finding a college that fits you and your budget and a major that really interests you in college so that you will make great grades and get strong letters of recommendation from professors that recognize your potential.
Good luck!

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Kay’s Answer

Super question! I was a research assistant with another female undergrad who was applying to dental school. She was a genetics major, we met in a evolutionary genetics lab. You can pick any 4 year degree program but often people pick something in the STEM field. Pick what interests you!

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Blake’s Answer

Hey Audriana,

There is no specific undergraduate degree that you have to have in order to become a dentist. However, if you wanted a degree that will relate the most to the health field I would suggest biology. With that being said, grades are very important when applying to dental schools. A degree that isn't science based, but you make the best grades because you enjoy it, might be a better approach.