Class of 2027

Science GPA: 3.62
Total GPA: 3.71

Prerequisites for DDS Program

courses  hours
Physics: 1/4 lab work 8
General Chemistry: 1/4 lab work 8
Organic Chemistry: 1/4 lab work 8
Biochemistry: One course that covers basic concepts in modern biochemistry and molecular biology 3
Biology: Must include some laboratory work. One-year course in general biology or zoology. Upper-level courses in gross anatomy, cell biology, or physiology are beneficial 8
English: Composition, rhetoric, speech courses required for bachelor's degree --
Electives: A well rounded background in the social sciences, philosophy, psychology, history, foreign languages, business, accounting and mathematics 90


  • A grade of C or higher in each of the prerequisite courses is encouraged.
  • The minimum academic requirement for admission is the completion of 90 semester hours of study at an accredited college. Most students complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Undergraduate students do not have to declare a science major.
  • Mean college GPA for entering dental students at Iowa is above 3.70.

Implications of COVID-19 on Grades:

  • The College of Dentistry expects that prerequisite courses are taken for a grade.
  • If you attended an institution that mandated coursework change to Pass/Fail during the spring or summer 2021 sessions due to COVID-19, the College of Dentistry expects your institution to annotate this mandate on your transcripts.