What you'll learn in the Pre-Dentistry program at UW-Platteville

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Biology is proud to offer coursework in pre-dentistry, one of the fastest growing areas of the medical profession. As research continues to link oral health to overall health, the importance of dentistry has earned greater recognition. As a pre-dentistry major, you’ll gain knowledge and familiarity with the teeth and associated structures of the mouth and learn the fundamentals of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, injury, or malfunction of the teeth, gums, and jaw. Pre-dentistry schools prepare graduates for the rigors of dental school coursework.

Outside the classroom, you can build on your experience through student clubs and organizations, or undergraduate research. Plus, we offer a wide variety of campus support programs like STEM Living Learning Communities, mentoring, and others that allow you to create a student experience unique to you and your goals.

Career opportunities

Pre-dental studies are designed to introduce students to the structures of the mouth and teeth, and concepts they will encounter in dental school. Dentists help educate patients about oral hygiene, examine patients’ teeth and gums, and treat dental problems, including cavities and tooth decay as well as broken or otherwise damaged teeth.

While most students who complete pre-dental programs choose to go on to dentistry school, pre-dental schools prepare students to pursue a variety of other careers too. Some of the many careers you might choose with this major include:

  • Dental assistant
  • Dental hygienist 
  • Dental insurance representative
  • Dental investigator
  • Dental lab technician
  • Dental practice management consultant
  • Dental researcher
  • Dentist
  • Oral surgeon
  • Orthodontist
  • Prosthodontist

Whether you choose to work as a dental assistant, dentist, or in another related field after completing your education, you will likely work in a dental office where you interact with patients on both routine and preventive care appointments and emergency matters. Dental practices involve a certain amount of administrative work, including appointment management, ordering supplies and materials, and bookkeeping.

Discover by doing

As a pre-dental major at UW-Platteville, your in-classroom education will be supplemented by numerous experiential learning opportunities designed to help prepare you for success after graduation. Choose from research projects, internships, university events, and more.

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