Coursework

Prerequisite coursework varies amongst programs; therefore, it is crucial to be aware of individual schools’ requirements.

 

For a pre-dentistry course planning guide, click here. Also consider using our four-year planner to map out your coursework and extracurricular activities.

 

Mathematics

Most dental schools require math and/or statistics. We recommend that you take at least one math course and one course in statistics. Note that Math 112 is a pre-requisite for Chem 103.

 

The statistics course can be taken in your major department.

Chemistry

General Chemistry

Choose one of the following sequences:

  • Chemistry 103-104
  • Chemistry 109 & Chem 311 OR 327 OR 329 (Required by some schools, including Marquette)

 

Organic Chemistry

  • Chem 343 Introductory Organic Chemistry
  • Chem 345 Intermediate Organic Chemistry
  • Chem 344 Introductory Organic Chemistry Lab

 

Biochemistry

Choose one of the following courses:

  • Biochemistry 501
  • Biochemistry 507-508

Biological Sciences

Choose one of the following sequences:

  • Zoology 101-102 + Additional bioscience course (Options include: Genetics, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Immunology)
  • Biology 151-152
  • Biocore: Students must apply to enroll in Biocore. For more information, visit their website.
    • Biocore 381-382 Evolution, Ecology and Genetics lecture/lab
    • Biocore 383-384 Cellular Biology lecture/lab
    • Biocore 485-486 Organismal Biology lecture/lab
    • Biocore 587 Biological Interactions

Physics

Choose one of the following sequences:

  • Physics 103-104 (without calculus)
  • Physics 201-202 (calculus-based; recommended for Engineering majors)
  • Physics 207-208 (calculus-based; recommended for Life Science majors)
English

Most dental schools require 6 credits of English, or literature taught in English, with an emphasis on composition.  Some dental schools also recommend a course in public speaking.

Other courses

Some dental schools require coursework in the following areas.  Please check individual school requirements.

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Introductory Microbiology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology