DMD Required Courses

Please note that we do not provide a list of equivalency courses, nor do we assess/evaluate documents, transcripts, courses etc. prior to receiving an application.

Applicants for admission to the DMD class must have completed all required courses and 90 credits by the end of August of the year the candidate submits the application.

Starting in June 2020, conditional offers will not be offered, and therefore all academic requirements to the DMD program (prerequisites and fulfilling the minimum 90 credits), for applications to the DMD Class must be completed by August of the year the candidate submits the application, and no exceptions will be considered.

Applicants are encouraged to regularly check the website for updates on admissions criteria.

Only applicants who have completed the following prerequisite courses by August of the year the candidate submits the application will be considered for admission to the DMD Class. Applicants must have completed courses as listed in the combinations outlined only. Minimum grade requirement for a prerequisite course is the equivalent to a UBC C-. Courses must have a letter or percentage grade, Pass/Fail grades will not be accepted.

The courses listed below are for students completing their prerequisites at UBC.

Out-of-province applicants can see UBC course descriptions (see link below) and compare courses. Course descriptions must be comparable and both course content and credit transfers must be the same as the UBC courses, to be transferrable. English courses must be taken in Canada or the USA.

To access course descriptions for these courses, please consult the UBC Academic Calendar.

Applicants studying in B.C. (excluding UBC Vancouver Campus) can check the BC Transfer Guide for equivalent course information.

All applicants can check the UBC Transfer Credit Search page for applicable course information.

  1. English – Minimum 6 credits^^Choose one of: ENGL 100, or WRDS 150 or ASTU 101 (applicants who have taken ASTU 150 prior to September 2013 or ENGL 112 prior to September 2021 may apply these 3 credits.). In addition to these courses listed above, one of the following is required:  ENGL 110, ENGL 111, ENGL 120, or ENGL 121.UBC applicants can meet the English requirement by successfully completed the Arts One Program, or ASTU 100.
  2. Chemistry – Minimum 6 credits**^^<<
    Minimum 6 credits. One of CHEM 111 and 113, CHEM 121 and 123, CHEM 111 and 123, or equivalents.
  3. Biology – Minimum 6 credits**^^
    UBC students who have been given an exemption from BIOL 111, the 5 credits of BIOL 121 and BIOL 140 or BIOL 121 and BIOL 180 are sufficient.
    Non-UBC and UBC applicant that do not have an exemption from BIOL 111, six-credits are required by completion of BIOL 111, BIOL 121 and BIOL 140 or BIOL 111, BIOL 121 and BIOL 180.
  4. Organic Chemistry – Minimum 6 credits<<
    One of the following combinations:  CHEM 203 and 213; or CHEM 203 and 205; or CHEM 233, 235 and 213; or CHEM 233, 235 & 205.
    If taken prior to September 2011 at UBC: CHEM 203 & 204 is accepted.
  5. Biochemistry – Minimum 6 credits
    UBC students: One of the following combinations: BIOC 202 & BIOC 302 (recommended) or BIOL 201 & BIOC 302 or BIOC 203 & BIOC 302; or BIOC 303, or if taken at UBC prior to September 2012 BIOC 300 is accepted.

Applicants who have completed course combinations based on previously published data are assured that they have satisfied the prerequisite requirements in the applicable subject above.

**UBC students who have completed the UBC Science One program, will have completed the requirements listed in #2 and #3 above.

<< The course equivalencies are:

CHEM 111 (4) = CHEM 110 (3) and CHEM 115 (1)

CHEM 121 (4) = CHEM 120 (3) and CHEM 115 (1)

CHEM 123 (4) = CHEM 130 (3) and CHEM 135 (1)

CHEM 203 (4) = CHEM 223 (3) and CHEM 225 (1)

^^IB, AP or A-Level credits taken in high school can be used to meet the prerequisites as listed below:

The minimum grade required for IB credit in Biology and/or Chemistry is higher level (HL) 6.

The minimum grade required for IB credit in English is higher level (HL) 5.

The minimum grade required for AP credit in English, Biology  and/or Chemistry is 4.

The minimum grade required for A-Level credit in English, Biology, and/or Chemistry is B.

Applicants must declare any IB/AP/A-Level courses used to meet prerequisite requirements, and submit transcripts as listed in the admissions procedures.