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  • Education Requirements for Dental School

    • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours (or 134 quarter hours) at a regionally accredited US or Canadian college or university.
    • All pre-dental requirements listed in the table below must have been completed at a regionally accredited US or Canadian university/college. Foreign coursework will not count towards meeting any of the prerequisites, even if transfer credit has been given for them by a US or Canadian school.
    • Each required course, listed in the table below, must be completed with a grade of C or better. Courses taken Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit will not count towards meeting the requirement.
    • Advanced placement credit is accepted only if the school granting the credit lists the specific course(s) and number of units granted per course on an official transcript. Lump sum credit is not accepted.
    • Graduate courses do not satisfy the 90 hour requirement OR the required coursework.
    • All required course work must be completed before OR by the time of enrollment into the dental school.
    • Baccalaureate degrees are highly desirable. However, exceptionally mature students without a degree, who have outstanding academic records, superior performance on the respective admissions test and highly desirable personal qualifications may be considered for admission.
    • The prescribed course requirements are the minimum requirements for admission to medical school.  Applicants are best served to take additional upper-level course work so they are better prepared for the academic rigors of dental school.

    Undergraduate Course Requirements

    Courses for non-science majors or for health career majors (nursing, pharmacy, allied health sciences, etc.) will NOT satisfy the required coursework. All required coursework must be applicable towards a traditional science degree.

    BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

    14 semester hours (12 semester hours of lecture & 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 21 quarter hours (18 quarter lecture hours & 3 quarter lab hours) of Biological Science are required.

    Includes all Biological Science courses applied toward Baccalaureate degree in traditional science fields, such as General Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Immunology, Parasitology and Anatomy & Physiology.

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    Beginning with the application for entry year 2014, UT School of Dentistry at Houston will require 3 semester hours (or 5 quarter hours) of Microbiology.  This requirement will count toward fulfilling part of the 14 semester hour Biological Science requirement.

    GENERAL CHEMISTRY

    8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of General Chemistry, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience are required. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab).

    Should include familiarity with analytic and volumetric techniques. Inorganic courses include General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis.

    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

    8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of Organic Chemistry, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience are required. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab).

    BIOCHEMISTRY

    3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of Biochemistry are required. This requirement is in addition to the Biological Science requirement of 14 hours and may not be used to fulfill the Biological Science requirement.

    The course may be taught in the Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry department.
    Must have a grade of C or better.

    PHYSICS

    8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of Physics, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience are required. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab)

    Includes all physics courses applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field.

    ENGLISH

    6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours of college English are required.

    Any course accredited by the English Department that fulfills a general education English requirement of a baccalaureate degree will be accepted. Remedial or developmental courses or "English As a Second Language" courses ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

    STATISTICS

    3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of Statistics are required.

    The Statistics course should be taught in a Math or Statistics Department. Individual dental schools may consider statistics courses taught in other departments on an individual basis with appropriate documentation from faculty.

    Refer to the Approved Statistics Courses List for a complete list.  To seek approval for any course not on the list, submit a course syllabus, course listing and course description to TMDSAS for review.