Dentistry Required Coursework

Below is common required coursework for applying to dental school and the appropriate UW Bothell courses that fulfill the requirement.  Admissions requirements are different at all dental schools and are subject to change without notice, so it is very important for all dental school applicants to carefully research the requirements for admission at all prospective dental schools early enough to address any deficiencies in preparation for admission to the schools of your choice.

  • Calculus (5 credits)
  • 1 year General Chemistry, with labs (18 credits)
  • 1 year Organic Chemistry, with labs (18 credits)
  • 1 year Physics, with labs (15 credits)
  • 1 year General Biology, with labs (15 credits)
  • 1 year English Composition and/or English Literature (15 credits)
  • Statistics (5 credits)
  • Biochemistry (10 credits)
  • Microbiology (10 credits)

UW Bothell Courses

Flowchart of science classes

Pre-Dental Prerequisite Worksheet


  • ST MATH 124 Calculus I (5)

Chemistry (with lab)

  • B CHEM 143 (4), 144 (2) General Chemistry
  • B CHEM 153 (4), 154 (2) General Chemistry
  • B CHEM 163 (4), 164 (2) General Chemistry

Physics, with labs (15) Choose one of the following two sequences:

Physics (non-calculus based), with labs

  • B PHYS 114 (4), 117 (1) General Physics
  • B PHYS 115 (4), 118 (1) General Physics
  • B PHYS 116 (4), 119 (1) General Physics

Physics (calculus-based) (includes lab)

  • B PHYS 121 Mechanics (5)
  • B PHYS 122 Electromagnetism & Oscillatory Motion (5)
  • B PHYS 123 Waves (5)

Organic Chemistry, with labs

  • B CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry (4) Note: no lab in first quarter
  • B CHEM 238 Organic Chemistry (4), 241 (3)
  • B CHEM 239 Organic Chemistry (3), 242 (3)

Biology (includes lab)

  • B BIO 180 Introductory Biology (5)
  • B BIO 200 Introductory Biology (5)
  • B BIO 220 Introductory Biology (5)


  • B BIO 364 Biochemistry I (5)
  • B BIO 365 Biochemistry II (5)


  • B BIO 370 Microbiology I (5)
  • B BIO 470 Microbiology II (5)

Statistics Courses

  • STMATH 341 Introduction to Statistical Inference (5)
  • B BUS 215 Introduction to Business Statistics (5)
  • BIS 315 Understanding Statistics (5)

English Composition or English Literature

Most Dental Schools require one year of English, but their specific English course requirements vary and you will need to make note of the specifics for the schools you choose once you decide where you will be applying.  To meet this requirement, choose three courses that cover topics in English language literature or writing.  Note that writing courses that teach writing in the course of teaching another subject matter (called “writing across the curriculum”)  are not accepted as English courses by all dental schools, so it is a good idea to stick to courses that teach English composition or English language literature to meet this requirement.  At UW Bothell, these courses are found in Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) and in the Center for University Studies and Programs (B CUSP).  At most other schools these courses will be found in the English Department.  Representative UW Bothell Courses are listed below:

Note: Courses that meet UW Bothell’s composition requirement are listed with a C, and courses that meet VLPA or I&S requirements are also labeled

B CUSP: First Year & Pre-Major Program

  • B WRIT 134 Interdisciplinary Writing (5) C
  • B WRIT 135 Research Writing (5) C

Some Potential Electives

These are some elective courses that would provide useful knowledge to anyone considering dental school.  For additional ideas, please consult the Pre-Health Professions advisor.  Completing science courses beyond the minimum dental school prerequisites is strongly recommended.

  • BIS 380 Bioethics (5)
  • B CUSP 170 (New course BIS 170) Introducation to Psychology (5)
  • B BIO 351 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology I (5)
  • B BIO 352 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology II (5)
  • B BIO 360 Introducation to Genetics (5)
  • Other courses to show dexterity - art, engineering, etc.

Note: Schools have differing policies for accepting AP, IB or CLEP credits to meet program prerequisites. Students should contact the schools to which they would like to apply to find out that school's policy. Since most students will not know what schools they will apply to when they are planning their schedules, many students choose to retake the science prerequisites. The decision should be made on an individual basis and it is recommended that students speak to an adviser when making this choice.

Pre-Health Advisor: Stephanie Baron

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