University of Saskatchewan
College of Dentistry

Admission Requirements

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE FROM YEAR TO YEAR

 

PRE-DENTISTRY COURSES:  EQUIVALENCIES AND EVALUATION INFORMATION

The following university-level courses are required pre-dentistry courses. Applicants must have a minimum overall average of at least 70% in the required pre-dentistry courses. The overall average of these courses will be used to determine the applicant's eligibility for further admission consideration.

Applicants must have achieved an overall average of at least 70% in all required pre-dentistry courses completed up to the end of the first term (Fall) of the current year but it is acceptable for applicants to complete any outstanding pre-dentistry requirements in the second term (Winter) of the current year. All pre-dentistry requirements must be completed by the end of April the year in which admission is sought.

NOTE: applicants cannot use the required pre-dentistry courses completed in the second term of the current year to "bring up" the overall average of the pre-dentistry courses to the minimum required 70%.

Completion of pre-dentistry requirements does not guarantee admission

Examples of acceptable courses from Canadian post secondary institutions are listed on the equivalency list. Acceptable course equivalencies follow these general guidelines:

  • Biology – one full year (two terms) of introductory level biology; must include labs
  • General Chemistry – one half year (one term) of introductory general chemistry; must include a lab
  • Organic Chemistry – one half year (one term) of introductory organic chemistry; must include a lab
  • Physics – one full year (two terms) of introductory level university Physics.  Acceptable topics include mechanics, wave motion and sound, heat, electricity and magnetism, light and modern physics; must include a lab. Unacceptable topics include astronomy and high fidelity.
  • Social Science/Humanities – one full year (two terms) of social science/humanities course(s)
  • Biochemistry, molecular – one half year course that covers molecular biology (see equivalency list for acceptable biochemistry equivalencies from Canadian post-secondary institutions).
  • Biochemistry, metabolism – one half year course that covers metabolism (see equivalency list for acceptable biochemistry equivalencies from Canadian post-secondary institutions)

REQUIRED PRE-DENTISTRY COURSES – UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

BIOL 120.3 and BIOL 121.3 or BIOL 224.3 or BMSC 224.3 - General Biology
CHEM 112.3 – General Chemistry I
CHEM 250.3 – Introduction to Organic Chemistry
PHYS 115.3 and 117.3 or 125.3 – General Physics (formerly 111.6 or PHYS 121.6)
BMSC 200.3 – Biomolecules (formerly BIOC 200.3)
BMSC 230.3 – Metabolism (formerly BIOC 211.3)
Six credit units (full course equivalent) in Social Sciences/Humanities

REQUIRED PRE-DENTISTRY COURSES – UNIVERSITY OF REGINA

BIOL 100 – Introductory Biology I
BIOL 101 – Introductory Biology II
CHEM 104 – General Chemistry I (formerly CHEM 102)
CHEM 140 – Organic Chemistry I (formerly CHEM 240)
PHYS 109 – General Physics I and PHYS 119 – General Physics II or
PHYS 111 – Mechanics and PHYS 112 – Waves and Optics
BIOC 220 – Biochemistry I – Biomolecules
BIOC 221 – Biochemistry II – Metabolism (formerly BIOC 320)
Six credit units (full course equivalent) in Social Sciences/Humanities

Recommended: Six credit units (full course equivalent) in human physiology.  Note that this is a recommendation, not a requirement.

HIGHER LEVEL PRE-DENTISTRY COURSES

Applicants may schedule their required pre-dentistry courses as they wish, providing they maintain a 30 credit unit course load per academic year (September to April). An overall minimum average of 70% must be obtained in the required pre-dentistry courses for applicants to be considered for admission. If the overall average is below 70%, students may improve their average in the pre-dentistry course areas by taking approved higher-level courses which must be completed no later than the first term of their current registration. Courses approved for substitution are upper-level courses that have the applicable pre-dentistry course as a prerequisite.