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I'm debating between Biomedical Engineering and Dentistry. Would most of my core classes for either contribute to my decision for a major?

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I've done well in all of my STEM classes. I'm leaning towards Engineering, but haven't quite decided. I've started considering Pre Dentistry to see where my interests take me. #engineering #biomedical #dentistry #dental

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Anthony’s Answer

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There is no Pre-Dentistry major.  My wife is a dentist and my daughter is second year dental student.  My wife's under graduate degree was in computer science engineering and my daughter's in neurobiology.  Both major required strong STEM core courses.  You can pursuit a degree in Biomedical Engineering and research the requirement for dental school.  I do not know much about Biomedical Engineering.  If you want to go into Dentistry, you should do something related to dentistry beside your academia, such as volunteer in a community dental clinic, shadowing a dentist, or summer work as dental assistant.  This will help you decide and also help in the dental school application as well.  Good luck. 

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Madelyn’s Answer

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Hi Christopher,

Typically your college or university will have a pre-health professions office that will advice and guide students going into any pre-health profession (pre-dental, pre-med, pre-PT, etc) to ensure they complete their chosen undergrad major requirements, as well as additional requirements needed as pre-requisites for your dental school application. They will also guide you through the application process for your chosen field, as each health profession follows a different application cycle. With all of that said, it is typically easier to fit all the requirements for a pre-dental path into a 4 year time frame with a STEM heavy major, and biomedical engineering is a great example of such a major. Often times many students within a major such as biomedical engineering will be following a similar path to a health profession of some kind, and there may be advisors within your major that can also aid you on your way to dental school. Good luck!
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