University of Wisconsin–Madison

Coursework

The following is a general guide for courses you may need to apply to dental school. Requirements vary from school to school. So, it is always necessary to consult the websites of dental schools where you know/think you want to apply.

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 bio-science 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