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Required at Most Dental Schools

The following courses are the most commonly required by dental schools as prerequisites. Students should always check their prerequisite classes against their top choices of schools, as schools do vary by requirement.

  • CHEM 181**, 182, 183* with labs (General Chemistry)
  • CHEM 361, 362, 363 with labs (Organic Chemistry)
  • CHEM 431, 432, lab may not be required (Biochemistry)
  • BIOL 181, 182, 183 with labs (General Biology)
  • BIOL 213 (or similar statistics course)
  • BIOL 323 (Microbiology)
  • PHYS 111*, 112, 113, OR PHYS 121*, 122, 123, OR 181, 182, 183 (General Physics)

Highly Recommended by most Dental Schools (required at some)

  • ART 280 (Sculpture)
  • BIOL 426 (Medical Mircobiology) - required at UW
  • BIOL 355 & 356 (Human Anatomy & Physiology)
  • BIOL 353 (Integrative Anatomy)
  • BIOL 354 (Developmental Biology)
  • BIOL 454 (Histology)
  • PSY 101** (General Psychology)
Generally Recommended (not required)
  • BIOL 430 (Cell Biology)
  • BIOL 425 (Molecular Biotechnology)
  • BIOL 421 (Immunology)
  • BIOL 422 (Virology)
  • PHIL 104** OR PHIL 308 (Moral Controversies OR Medical Ethics)

     

    *MATH 153 is a prerequisite

    **General Education Course

  • Math 170 OR 172 (Intuitive Calculus or Calculus I) is only required by 5  Dental Schools (there are 58 in US/Puerto Rico): UMass, Harvard, Boston University, NY-SUNY Stonybrook, and Meharry University.

In addition, students should take a broad range of humanities and social sciences electives, such as Sociology, Psychology, Humanities, Philosophy, or Literature.

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