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Dentistry Prerequisites

The courses required for admission to dental school vary depending on the school to which you are applying. You should review the prerequisites carefully for any professional school you are considering.  For most dental schools, you can expect to complete the following:

Chemistry 120, 130 General Chemistry I, II
Biology 150 Organismal and Ecological Biology
Biology 159 Skills of Biological Investigation
Biology 160 Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry 350 Organic Chemistry I
Chemistry 360 Organic Chemistry II
Chemistry 369 Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Physics 221,222* Elements of Physics
* The physics sequence most appropriate for students pursuing health professions is Physics 221-222; however, Physics 135-136 is also appropriate. Students majoring in Engineering may satisfy this requirement by completing Physics 231-232.

In addition to the courses listed above, the UT College of Dentistry in Memphis requires:

  • Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology 401
  • And one of the following:
    • Microbiology 210
    • Biology 220 (General Microbiology) and Biology 229 (General Micro Laboratory)
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 240 (Human Anatomy)

Please note that Biology 240 (Genetics) is highly recommended.