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Prerequisite Courses


Applicants who will have completed the required prerequisite courses before the dental school starts in early June are invited to apply. Although a minimum of three years of college work (90 semester hours) are required for admission, applicants generally should have completed four years of college work and earned a baccalaureate degree before entrance. In addition, an applicant can only have completed a maximum of 60 semester hours at a junior/community college if all hours are earned before the student enters the third year of study toward a baccalaureate degree.

The dental school does not offer admission with advanced standing. All accepted applicants must enter as first-year students.

Required Prerequisite Courses for Prospective Dental Students

8 Semester Hours:

  • General Chemistry (Qualitative Analysis)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology or Zoology
  • Science Electives (Microbiology, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Genetics, etc.)

6 Semester Hours:

  • English
  • Mathematics

Each science course requirement includes two hours of laboratory work. The biology/zoology requirement may be satisfied by taking four semester hours each in zoology and botany but not by botany alone. Introductory college courses will satisfy the English and math requirements.