Yep, just calculated it. I'll have to take 18 credits and get a 4.0 (just like you all said) to just touch 3.5. Do you think thats okay? Also, I know upper level sciences is just a broad category, but I read somewhere that dental schools love seeing animal courses taken over plant courses. Understandable! But there are only so many offered at a given time, ya know?? Eh. Sorry for all the questions. Just feel like I'm in a tough spot right now and everything I do this last year must be perfect >.<
It's understandable that you're stressed and feel a lot of pressure. I think what we're trying to say is that you're not in a position where you MUST do a post bacc, you still have a chance to make it into dental school without all that.
Even though you may not increase your overall GPA much by getting two 4.0s. It will still be impressive to show dental schools you got straight As and turned things around.
Also you have time to sufficiently study and take the DAT and do amazing on it! You gotta put in that time and effort though.
Try to take a good mix of science courses and lighter courses from other subjects this year. You don't need to kill your self with 17 credits of upper level sciences and labs.
Look at the recommended courses for the dental schools you wanna go to. That will give you a good idea on what to take.
Take a deep breath, and remember you got this. Just believe in yourself and try to stay positive. At the end of the day, if it doesn't work out then you can always do a post bacc or masters. That option will be there for you if you want or need it, but why give up when it's not over yet?