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  • Prerequisite requirements vary slightly between schools.
  • It is important to check the requirements of each school
  • To find a list of dental programs, go here. You may also want to consider buying an online edition of the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools.
  • In general, you should not plan to use AP credit to satisfy prerequisite coursework for dental schools

UC Berkeley courses that most students use to fulfill requirements

Gen Chem

One year of general Chemistry – Chem 1A and Chem 1B (with lab)

Organic Chemistry

One year of organic Chemistry – Chem 3A and Chem 3B (with lab).


One year of Biology – Bio 1A and 1B (with lab)


One year of Physics – Physics 8A and 8B (with lab)


Two semesters of English (Courses that fulfill the Reading and Composition Requirement will fulfill requirements for Dental schools)


One semester with lab – MCB C112/112L


One semester with lab – IB 131/131L

Physiology with lab

One semester MCB 32/32L, IB 132/132L, MCB 136/133L


The following courses satisfy the Biochem requirement:

MCB 102
C100A and C100B
Chem 135 and C100B

Applied Art Course (or something similar highly recommended)

Jewelry-making, or other courses where one’s manual dexterity is used and developed.

Foreign Language is highly recommended

Stats and Calculus (one semester each) are recommended