Dental School Academic Preparation

Dental School Academic Preparation (PDF)

These courses meet the requirements for most dental schools and preparation for the DAT. Dental schools generally do not accept AP credit or on-line courses for these required courses. Be sure to check each dental school’s requirements.

No dental school requires a science major, nor are science majors given extra consideration in the admission process. Becoming a competitive dental school applicant also requires more than a solid GPA and DAT score. Be sure you are meeting regularly with your HPAO advisor.

One year General Chemistry with Labs

CHEM 200 General Chemistry
Prerequisites: Knowledge of introductory chemistry as demonstrated by completion of CHEM 100 with a grade of C or better, or satisfaction of the Entry-Level Mathematics requirement and qualification on the Chemistry Department Placement Examination.

CHEM 201 General Chemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 200 or 202 with grade of C or better

One year of Organic Chemistry with Labs

CHEM 232/232L Organic Chemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 201 with grade of C or better and credit or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 232L
CHEM 432/432L Organic Chemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 232 with a grade of C or better and credit or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 432L


One year of Biology with Labs

BIOL 203/203L Principles of Cell & Molecular Biology
Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent registration in Chem 200/202 and satisfaction of the SDSU Written Communication Assessment requirement.

BIOL 204/204L Principles of Organismal Biology
Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the Written Communication Assessment requirement. Recommended completion of BIOL 203/203L


One year of Physics with Labs

PHYS 180A/182A Fundamentals of Physics I/Lab
Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the Entry-level Mathematics requirement. Recommended concurrent registration in PHYS 182A
PHYS 180B/182B Fundamentals of Physics II/Lab
Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the Entry-level Mathematics requirement, PHYS 180A. Recommended concurrent registration in PHYS 182B
OR
PHYS 195/195L Principles of Physics/Lab
Prerequisites: High school physics or PHYS 180A. MATH 150 with a minimum grade of C
PHYS 196/196L Principles of Physics/Lab
Prerequisites: PHYS 195. MATH 151


One year of English

RWS 100 College Composition*
Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the SDSU writing competency requirement
RWS 200 Intermediate Composition*
Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the SDSU writing competency requirement and RWS 100 or equivalent

*Other composition courses may also meet this requirement. Check with HPAO.


Courses required by some schools
(Be sure to check pre-requisites)

PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
BIOL 212 Human Anatomy
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Biology 100, 203, or 211.
BIOL 336 Principles of Human Physiology
Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.A.2. Life Sciences. If a biological sciences course is not taken to satisfy General Education II.A.2. Life Sciences, a college course in biological sciences is required.

BIOL 350 General Microbiology
Prerequisites: Biology 203, 203L, 204, 204L; Chemistry 232, 232L

OR

BIOL 211 and 211L Fundamentals of Microbiology
Prerequisites: Biology 100 or 203 and 203L; or a grade of B or better in high school biology. Credit or concurrent registration in Chemistry 100 or 102 or 130.

CHEM 365 Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology
Prerequisites: BIOL 203, 203L and CHEM 232, 232L

    These courses are not required but may be of interest:


BIOL 215 Biostatistics
BIOL 249 Careers in Health Professions
BIOL 340A Preventive Dentistry
BIOL 352 Genetics and Evolution
BIOL 474 Histology
BIOL 485 Principles of Immunology
BIOL 585 Cell and Molecular Immunology
BIOL 554 Molecular Virology
BIOL 576 Developmental Biology
BIOL 590 Physiology of Systems
BIOL 436 Physiology Lab
PH 362 International Health

Additional Resources

www.adea.org/GoDental

www.ada.org/en/education-careers/dental-admission-test

www.asdanet.org