Pre-Dentistry

Arts and Sciences Degree/A.A.

West Virginia University does not offer a Pre-Dentistry major at the baccalaureate level. Students contemplating application to a School of Dentistry at West Virginia University or elsewhere must first obtain a B.A. or B.S. degree. Students are selectively admitted to any dental school and final acceptance is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all requirements imposed by the professional school in question.

Pre-Dentistry students at Potomac State College should major in Biology. Requirements of the A.A. in Biology include the following courses required for admission to the School of Dentistry at West Virginia University:

  • English 101 and 102
  • General Biology 101, 102, 103, and 104
  • Chemistry 115 and 116
  • Chemistry 233, 234, 235, and 236
  • Physics 101 and 102

A faculty member familiar with the admissions requirements of Schools of Dentistry is assigned to advise Pre-Dentistry students. For further information, students should consult the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center catalog.

Dental Hygiene

Potomac State College does not offer a pre-dental hygiene major at the associate’s level; however, the following courses are required for most dental hygiene programs and can be taken at Potomac State College. Students wanting to enter a dental hygiene program should follow the general studies major at Potomac State College and incorporate the following courses: BIOL 101, 102, 103 and 104; CHEM 111 and 112; MATH 126; COMM 104; PSYC 101 and 241; SOCA 101; HN&F 171; and ENGL 101 and 102. It is recommended that students contact the institution to which they plan to transfer before enrolling in these courses to ensure transferability and program requirements.