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Health Sciences Program

Choosing and Scheduling Courses

Dental school course requirements vary somewhat from program to program, but overlap to a significant degree, as can be seen below when comparing current pre-requisites for Indiana University and the University of Louisville. Dental schools tend to recommend an emphasis on biology over chemistry in undergraduate course work, and the general rule of thumb is that the candidates should have had at least one year in each of the following: biology, physics, inorganic chemistry, and organic chemistry. For current requirements for all US Dental Schools, visit GoDental, the ADEA's prospective student website.

When planning your schedule, please consult with an advisor from the Health Careers Advisory Group.

IU Dental School Prerequisite Hanover Equivalent
  Course Number Title Terms
Anatomy      KIP 215 Human Anatomy 1
Physiology   KIP 230 Physiology 1
Biology Bio 161/185 General Biology I & II 2
Chemistry, Inorganic Che 161/185 General Chemistry I & II 2
Chemistry, Organic Che 221 Organic Chemistry I 1
Biochemistry or Cell Biology Che 341 or Bio 336 Biochemistry I or Cell Biology 1
Physics Phy 161/185 General Physics I & II 2
Psychology Psy 111 Basic Principles of Psych 1
Humanities CCR program various 2

University of Louisville Dental School Prerequisite Terms
Biology 4
Chemistry, General/Inorganic 2
Chemistry, Organic 2
Physics 1
Recommended Courses  
Anatomy, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Histology, Immunology, Microbiology,
Molecular Biology/Genetics, Physiology, Zoology