Most medical and dental schools have a standard set of required course requirements for admission. These courses typically cover the subject matter tested on both the MCAT and DAT (The DAT does not include a physics section). Students are encouraged to complete this course work by their junior year. It is recommended that students take the MCAT/DAT in the spring of their junior year.
Although most medical schools require the same core list of required course work, individual medical or dental schools may have additional requirements (i.e. calculus, biochemistry). It is a good idea to consult each medical/dental school to which you are interested in applying for confirmation of their requirements. Information on individual admission requirements of medical schools is covered in the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) published annually by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dental admissions requirements are updated annually in the Official Guide to Dental Schools published by the American Dental Education Association.
The required course work along with the LSU equivalents is listed below. Honors versions of the specific courses are acceptable.
|1 year of General Biology with Labs||BIOL 1201/1208, 1202/1209|
|1 year of General Chemistry with lab
||CHEM 1201, 1202 & 1212 lab|
|1 year of Organic Chemistry with lab||CHEM 2261, 2262, 2364 lab|
|1 year of Physics with labs||PHYS 2001/2108, 2002/2109|
|6-9 hours of English||ENGL 1001, 2000, 1 other course|
Additional course work may be required:
The LSU Dental School requires a total of 12 hours of biology course work, including Biochemistry and Microbiology.
Although not required by every school, the following courses are strongly recommended:
|General Microbiology||BIOL 2051|
|Developmental Zoology||BIOL 3156|
Other course work that students may find helpful include the following:
Dental students may wish to take course work to develop their manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination skills. Some examples are:
Some of these courses have prerequisites. Consult the LSU General Catalog to determine your eligibility for any course prior to scheduling.