Since course requirements vary by school, it is important to learn early on which courses are required for each dental school to which you intend to apply. 

Courses that are required by all accredited dental schools in the U.S. include:


General Biology (2 Semesters With Lab)
General Chemistry (2 semesters with Lab)
Organic Chemistry (2 semesters with Lab)
Biochemistry (1 semester with Lab)
Physics (2 semesters with Lab)
English/Literature (2 semesters)


Genetics (1 semester with Lab)
Microbiology (1 semester with Lab)
Anatomy and Physiology 
Statistics (1 semester)
Calculus (1 semester)
Psychology (1 semester)

There are two options for fulfilling the chemistry and biochemistry requirements (option #1 will provide better preparation for the DAT):

  1. Principles of Chemistry (Chem 120F), Organic Chemistry I (Chem 190S), Organic Chemistry II (Chem 255F), Biological Chemistry (Chem 270S), and Biochemistry (Bio 346F)
  2. Principles of Chemistry (Chem 120F), Organic Chemistry I (Chem 190S), Organic Chemistry (Chem 255F), Inorganic Chemistry and Material (Chem 265S), and Biological Chemistry (Chem 270S)

Note: If you do not elect to take general chemistry in the first semester of freshman year and would like to study abroad, it will not be possible to fulfill all the requirements for a chemistry or biochemistry concentration.


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Courtney Hance

Director of Health Professions Advising

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