Admissions and Student Affairs

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  • Course Requirements

    The School of Dentistry does not require a particular major. However, applicants must have successfully completed at least 90 semester hours at a United States or Canadian fully accredited college or university. Consideration will be given to those students who take 15 semester hours or more each semester at their primary institution. Strong preference is given to applicants who will have completed all requirements for a baccalaureate degree prior to entering the School of Dentistry. In addition, all applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

    Required CoursesNumber of CoursesNotes
    English2 semesters / 3 quarters 
    Inorganic Chemistry2 semesters / 3 quartersMust include laboratory
    Organic Chemistry2 semesters / 3 quartersMust include laboratory
    Physics2 semesters / 3 quartersMust include laboratory
     General Biology or Zoology (I and II)2 semesters / 3 quarters Must include laboratory

    Advanced Biology or Chemistry

    One course must include one of the following: microbiology, comparative anatomy, or biochemistry

    2 semesters / 3 quartersMust be completed at senior college, but no laboratory is required
    Mathematics2 semesters / 3 quartersCollege algebra and trigonometry or higher level
    Statistics or Biostatistics1 semester / 1 quarterGeneral, business, or scientific statistics. This is in addition to one year mathematics requirement.

    While not required, these courses are highly recommended:
    Foreign language, sociology, psychology, speech, humanities, philosophy, embryology, histology, immunology, cell biology, physiology.

    Unacceptable courses

    Correspondence courses or online courses, courses in physical training, military science, dogmatic religion, or courses in mathematics or science designed for non-science majors WILL NOT satisfy the 90 semester hours of coursework listed as required or recommended.

    Approved elective courses

    It is recommended that the student develop proficiency in a specific area while in undergraduate school and acquire a background in the humanities and social sciences, consulting with a predental adviser concerning specific courses.

    Recommended elective courses include:
    Psychology, sociology, philosophy, history, computer science, economics, literature and advanced English, foreign language, fine arts, business, accounting, and selected advanced courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology.