Students who are interested in going to dental school typically major in biology, chemistry or biochemistry. As these majors include both the required courses for entrance into professional schools as well as additional course work that will help prepare students for dental programs and for the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). However, other degrees can also prepare students for health professions; thus students are encouraged to major in the field where they excel and should consult a Pre-health Professions advisor about course work.

Members of the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics and the Department of Biology offer guidance to students and write recommendations through our Pre-Health Professional Committee (PHPC) composed of biology, chemistry, biochemistry and physics faculty. For more information about the committee or to seek advice, please contact one of the committee’s co-chairs.

Pre-Health Professions Contact Information 

Pad Mahadevan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Co-Chairman of the Pre-Health Professions Committee
Office: SC230
Phone: (813) 257-1586

Scott Witherow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Co-Chairman of the Pre-Health Professions Committee
Office: SC204
Phone: (813) 257-5034

For additional information on course work and entrance requirements: