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Department of Biology Pre-Dental Degree



UW-Stevens Point offers a wide variety of pre-professional programs. Many students who intend to pursue graduate studies in a professional school such as dentistry follow a program of study specifically designed for that career path. The hands-on skills and strong academic course understanding will prepare students for high-level performance on the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). UWSP graduates have an excellent record of acceptance by graduate and professional schools, leading to rewarding careers in health care.

Why Study Pre-Dental Program at UW-Stevens Point?

Our students get hands-on research opportunities with faculty in areas such as cell and molecular biology, microbiology, virology, immunology, cancer biology, molecular ecology, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, protein structure and function, developmental biology, neurobiology and behavior, ecology, evolutionary biology, organismal biology, and taxonomy. A high percentage of our students participate in laboratory and field research projects with Biology faculty mentors. You will study in our highly specialized teaching and research labs at UWSP!

Top-Notch Facilities

The UW-Stevens Point Department of Biology maintains a wide variety of specialized teaching and research laboratories. Teaching labs are well equipped with high quality microscopes audio/visual teaching tools and other specialized equipment. Many courses have their own dedicated labs, while other labs are shared by two or three courses with similar equipment requirements. Most faculty members also maintain labs where they work with students on original research.

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Although not required, we advise students in all pre-professional areas to get a bachelor of science degree before entering a professional school.  If you would like more specific information or advisement, the Department of Biology will assist you in finding an adviser to help you plan your program. Biology courses at UW-Stevens Point begin with studies in plant and animal biology, genetics and ecology. You then select a course in animal, human, plant or cell physiology, and you’re encouraged to follow your interests in electives.

From the moment you step on campus and into our classes, you’ll feel at home. Right from the start you’ll get to meet other Biochemistry and Biology majors in your introductory courses. And you won’t only meet each other, but you’ll also meet and mingle with our faculty; learn how to navigate your career path; and figure out how to set yourself up for success as a professional. Our courses are led by 22 total Biology and 16 total Chemistry full-time, Ph.D. faculty members.

UW-Stevens Point biology students take classes and conduct research in the university’s new Chemistry Biology Building, a state-of-the-art, $75 million facility.


Student-run organizations at UW-Stevens Point offer a number of opportunities to get involved with fellow students, professors, and the community. Explore here! Below are just some of the student clubs related to careers in dentistry.

  • Pre-Med and Allied Health
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Tri-Beta Lambda Omicron Chapter
  • Chemistry Club
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
“All the faculty are there to help you 100%. I’d tell students to reach out and don’t be afraid to ask questions. They are ready to help you succeed.”
Jason Larson ’25 Biology- Pre-dental major


Michael Steury

  • Associate Professor of Biology

Jennifer Bray

  • Associate Professor
  • Coordinator, Pre-Medical Preceptorship