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Common Requirements for Dentistry – Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) / Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)

The list below shows common basic requirements for most dentistry schools in the US. To make sure you are fulfilling the prerequisites for the schools you are interested in attending, please check their individual admissions websites. As a reminder, this list is not a substitute for meeting with the Academic Advisor in your College.

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CourseRequirementFulfilled By*
Biology2 semesters lecture, 2 semesters labBIO 181
BIO 183
General Chemistry2 semesters lecture, 2 semesters labCH 101/102
CH 201/202
Organic Chemistry2 semesters lecture, 2 semesters labCH 221/222
CH 223/224
Physics2 semesters lecture, 2 semesters labPY 211
PY 212
English Writing2 semestersENG 101
Advanced ENG
Mathematics1 semesterST 311 or 370
Biochemistry1 semesterBCH 351 or 451
*some majors, such as Chemistry or Engineering, may have specific requirements for these courses. Please be sure to check with your Academic Advisor.

In addition to the above minimum requirements, applicants may consider:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 240, BIO 245, BIO 242)*
  • Principles of Genetics (GN 311)
  • General Microbiology (MB 351/352)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 200)
  • Principles of Sociology (SOC 202)

*UNC Adams School of Dentistry requires a Human Anatomy or Vertebrate Zoology course, BIO 240 or BIO 245 with lab BIO 242

Prerequisites for Dental Schools in NC