Selecting a Major

So what should you major in at TAMUCC? A common myth is that you have to major in a science degree as a Pre-Dental student; however, this is not true. We recommend that you choose a degree based on your interests. It is important to choose a major based on your academic interests rather than one that you think looks good to dental schools. Choose a major that you are passionate about, whether it is a major in Liberal Arts, Business, Health Sciences, or something else entirely, completing the prerequisites for dental schools can be accomplished. Certain degrees may cover the pre-dental prerequisites; however, dental schools also accept students who show broad interests in their academic coursework through a non-science major. Major in any subject you want!

If you would like to major as a Pre-Dental student follow this degree plan:

  • Pre-Dental Degree Plan (Under Revision)

Texas Schools

Stress Management Resources


University Counseling Center 361-825-2703

  • Individual walk-in support M-F 8-5 PM in the Driftwood Building
  • Counselor on Duty Hours M-F 9-11:30 AM & 1-4 PM
  • After Hours Crisis, call 361-825-2703 and press 2 to be connected to the Emergency counselor
  • Self Help Resources

DAT Exam


  • BIOL 1406, BIOL 1407 (Biology)
  • BIOL 2416 (Genetics)
  • CHEM 1411, CHEM 1412 (General Chemistry)
  • CHEM 3411, CHEM 3412 (Organic Chemistry)
  • CHEM 4401, CHEM 4402 (Biochemistry)
  • MATH 1442 (Statistics)
  • ENGL 2316 (Literature)

Research Dental Schools Before You Apply!

Dental School Time Line & Application Services


Texas public dental schools use TMDSAS (Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service)


Some health professions schools require secondary applications to be completed in addition to the primary application through TMDSAS & AADSAS. Applications not considered complete until the secondary application is submitted. Most secondary applications require an additional fee and the majority of secondary application fees are non-refundable. Please check the cost with the school.  

Letters of Evaluation

Letters of evaluation are key pieces to your dental school application. Each application has its own way of collecting letters and number and type of letters vary from school to school. Check with the application service you are using for additional details. 

Personal Statements

The personal statement is a critical component of your application to dental school, as the personal statement can either significantly help or harm your chances for success, it is important to take it seriously. The statement must be personal. This is your chance to let the Admissions Committee hear from you and understand who you are. Take advantage of the opportunity to express your commitments, motivations and values.

Pre-Dental Resources