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. 

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

General Biology (2 Semesters 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).

General Chemistry (2 semesters with Lab)
Organic Chemistry (2 semesters 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:

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

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.

Physics (2 semesters with Lab)

  • Survey of Physics I (Phys 100F) and Survey of Physics II (Phys 105S) (algebra-based) or
  • Physics I (Phys 200F) and Physics II (Phys 205S) (calculus-based sequence) or
  • The Mechanical Universe (Phys 190F) Waves and Fields (Phys 195S) (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 (Bio 248S), Microbiology (Bio 221S), Vertebrate Physiology (Bio 331F)

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

Contact Information

Leslie Bell

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