Purdue University Calumet | College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science

Preparation for Dental School

Course Discipline  Required or recommended Clarification

Recommended PUC course(s)

Alternate PUC Course(s)
General Biology One year (8-semester hours) required A sequence of courses representing a full academic year curriculum, with associated lab(s). BIOL 10100/10200  
General Chemistry One year (8-semester hours) required A sequence of courses representing a full academic year curriculum, with associated lab(s). CHM 11500/11600  
Organic Chemistry One year (8-semester hours) required A sequence of courses representing a full academic year curriculum, with associated lab(s). CHM 25500/25501 and CHM 25600/25601 CHM 26505/26300 and CHM 26605/26400
Physics One year (8-semester hours) required A sequence of courses representing a full academic year curriculum, with associated lab(s). PHYS 22000/22100 PHYS 15200/25100
Math Take prereqs for advanced science courses. Some schools require statistics Consult AADS Admission requirements for specific school requirements. Math through   college algebra is good prep for DAT. MA 22300/22400 MA 16300/16400
English One year (6-semester hours) required (most) Specifics may vary, but one year is generally required, sometimes including distribution of writing and literature courses. ENGL 10400/10500 ENGL 10800
Humanities and Soc. Sci Select courses of interest that will demonstrate interest in a well-rounded education Some schools recommend a course in Psychology, Communication (oral) and/or Economics. Consult individual schools for specific prereqs. PSY 12000 and SOC 10000  Please see advisor for more options
Art Varies; recommended by some Some schools recommend a 3-dimensinal sculpting class.    
Microbiology One semester (3-4 semester hours) sometimes required or recommended Most schools prefer sophomore level or higher with lab. BIOL 31600 BIOL 22100
Biochemistry Varies; One semester (3 hrs) sometimes required or strongly recommended A rigorous course is good preparation for the DAT. CHM 33300  
Anatomy* Varies; One semester (3 hrs) sometimes required or strongly recommended Most schools prefer sophomore level or higher with lab. BIOL 21300/21400  
Physiology* Varies; One semester (3 hrs) sometimes required or strongly recommended Most schools prefer sophomore level or higher with lab. BIOL 21300/21400  
Molecular Biology Varies; One semester (3 hrs) sometimes required or strongly recommended   BIOL 24300  
    *One-year Anatomy and Physiology sequence with lab meets these requirements or is listed as required at many schools (sophomore level or higher; general Bio or Chem for science majors preferred)    
         
    ALWAYS CONSULT THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DENTAL SCHOOLS (AADS) FOR SCHOOL-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS