Academic Requirements

Since course requirements vary by school, it is important to learn early on which courses are required for each dental school to which you intend to apply. This page is designed to provide pre-dental students with the general requirements and what courses at Hamilton College can be taken to fulfill those requirements.

Course Requirements

Courses that are required by all accredited dental schools in the U.S. include:

Two semesters of General Biology With Lab
  • Prior to Fall 2018: Bio 101F and Bio 102S; or Bio 115F and a 200-level biology course

  • Beginning in Fall 2018: Bio 100 (several options, some offered in fall, others in spring) and a 200-level biology course (some offered in fall, denoted with an "F" after the course number, others in spring, denoted with an "S"). This only applies to those who have not previously taken Bio 101 and 102.

    Options for the 200-level bio lab course include: Bio 213S Marine Biology, Bio 221S Microbiology (offered every other spring semester), Bio 222S Survey of Human Anatomy, Bio 228F Invertebrate Biology, Bio 237F Ecology, Bio 248S Genes and Genomes, and Bio 280S Plant Function and Structure.
    Note that Bio 270S Biological Chemistry should not be taken to fulfill the general biology requirement as it is most typically taken to fulfill the general chemistry requirement (see below).

Two semesters of General Chemistry with Lab & Two Semesters of Organic Chemistry with Lab

Dental schools have historically required a full year of general chemistry and a full year of Organic. Hamilton’s Chemistry Department’s introductory course is a one-semester course (120, or 125 with AP credit) and students must fulfill the year of general chemistry by taking either Chem 270 (Biological Chemistry) or Chem 265 (Inorganic and Materials).

In addition, most dental schools now also require Biochemistry. Note that Chem 270 (Biological Chemistry) may not fulfill a school’s biochemistry requirement if it is being “counted” toward the one year of general chemistry.

There are two options for fulfilling the chem and biochem requirements:

  • Chem 120F (Principles), Chem 190S (Orgo I), Chem 255F (Orgo II), Chem 270S (Biological Chemistry), and Bio 346F (Biochemistry)
  • Chem 120F (Principles), Chem 190S (Orgo I), Chem 255F (Orgo II), Chem 265S (Inorganic and Materials), and Chem 270S (Biological Chemistry)

Note: If you do not elect to take general chemistry in the first semester of freshman year and would like to study abroad, it will not be possible to fulfill all the requirements for a chemistry or biochemistry concentration.

Two Semesters of Physics with Lab
  • Physics 100-105 (algebra-based) or Physics 200-205 (calculus-based sequence designed for physical science majors) or 190-195 (for physics majors)

Recommended Additional Courses

Some dental schools require additional courses in English composition, mathematics (Calculus I & II or Statistics), and psychology as well as additional upper-level biology courses such as:

  • Genetics (Biology 248S), Microbiology (Biology 221S), Vertebrate Physiology (Biology 331F)

Many dental schools strongly encourage taking courses in the arts and social sciences.

Contact Information

Ginny Dosch

Student Fellowships Coordinator
315-859-4467 vdosch@hamilton.edu

Contact Information

Leslie Bell

Director of Health Professions Advising
315-859-4338 lbell@hamilton.edu
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