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Pre Dental major?

RinnyRinny Posts: 58Registered User Junior Member
edited April 2011 in Science Majors
I'm interested in pursuing dental school, but what would be a good major to fall back on? I was considering majoring in Chemistry, but I hear the job prospects are poor. Would going on to education to teacher high school chemistry be a better idea? My other interests would be agriculture and foreign languages.
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Replies to: Pre Dental major?

  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Posts: 36,731Registered User Senior Member
    If you like chemistry, consider chemical engineering, which has significantly better job and career prospects than chemistry.
  • RinnyRinny Posts: 58Registered User Junior Member
    I've thought about chemical engineering before, but I heard that it's really more physics than actual chemistry (I'm really hating physics right now since I jumped to AP and have an awful teacher) is this true?
  • Rebelme801Rebelme801 Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    I would advise you do a Biology major. This is what I did to get into dental school as well as most of my classmates. This will come in handy your first year so that you aren't overwhelmed w/ new material. Good luck!
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Posts: 36,731Registered User Senior Member
    Biology's job and career prospects are not very good either, if one does not get into dental or other professional school. (It is a common major among pre-medical students, most of whom do not get into medical school and end up competing for low paying lab technician jobs after graduation.)
  • Rebelme801Rebelme801 Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    Most dental students will agree with me when I say: DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO FALL BACK ON. If this is truly how you feel than it doesn't show enough motivation/initiative in getting into dental school. Most dental students try many years to get into dental school, 2, 3, 4 or even 5 years.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Posts: 36,731Registered User Senior Member
    Would those who did not go to dental school (did not get in, too expensive, etc.) agree with "DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO FALL BACK ON"?
  • iTransferiTransfer Posts: 857Registered User Member
    You have to remember that if you don't get into med/dental school, there are alternative health professions. There is pharmacy/optometry/podiatry/nursing/DO instead of MD etc. Even if you have sub-par stats, you can find something that will take you.
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