Dental Hygiene, A.S.-B.S.

This is a suggested course plan. It is highly recommended that you meet regularly with your academic advisor to determine your course selection and progress toward graduation.

Students who transfer to UNC under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) have all lower-level General Education requirements completed, but must complete these requirements through transfer or UNC coursework: Global Language, Research and Discovery, Lifetime Fitness, Communication Beyond Carolina, Campus Life Experience, and, where applicable, Supplemental General Education. Students who do not transfer in under the CAA should work closely with their advisor to determine which requirements apply to them for the IDEAs in Action General Education curriculum.

This catalog also includes a complete list of requirements for the Dental Hygiene B.S. degree.

North Carolina Community College

UGETC Curriculum

UGETCEnglish composition (ENG 111 + ENG 112 = UNC ENGL 105) 16
COM 231Public Speaking (UNC COMM 113) 1, 2, 33
UGETCHumanities/Fine Arts/Communications (1 additional course from a discipline other than Communication; see UGETC list below)3
PSY 150General Psychology (UNC PSYC 101) 13
SOC 210Introduction to Sociology (UNC SOCI 101) 13
UGETCMathematics (see UGETC list below)8
CHM 151General Chemistry I (UNC CHEM 101/101L) 14
CHM 152General Chemistry II (UNC CHEM 102/102L) 14
Total Hours34

Additional General Education Courses

XXX 111Foreign Language Level 13
XXX 112Foreign Language Level 23
XXX 211Foreign Language Level 3 43
Total Hours11

Other Required Hours

ACA 122College Transfer Success (UNC GENR ---)1
PED 110Fit and Well for Life (UNC LFIT 998) 2, 32
Select One From: 13-4
BIO 175
General Microbiology (UNC MCRO 251)
BIO 275
Microbiology (UNC MCRO 251)
Select One From:5-8
BIO 163
Basic Anat & Physiology (UNC BIOL 252/252L)
BIO 165 & BIO 166
Anatomy and Physiology I&II (UNC BIOL 252/252L + BIOL 253/253L)
BIO 168 & BIO 169
Anatomy and Physiology I&II (UNC BIOL 252/252L + BIOL 253/253L) 5
Total Hours15
Total Community College Hours60

Prerequisite for the major.


IDEAs In Action Requirements: COMM 113 fulfills COMMBEYOND, LFIT 998 fulfills LIFE-FIT.


As the two years of Dental Hygiene coursework at UNC allow very few available hours for completing remaining General Education requirements, students are encouraged to take courses at the NC Community College that will satisfy these requirements through transfer credit where they are able.


All NC Community College Language courses numbered 211 are approved to transfer to UNC-Chapel Hill as a course that completes the GLBL-LANG IDEAs in Action requirement.


BIO 168 and BIO 169 taken together are awarded BIOL 252, BIOL 252L, BIOL 253, and BIOL 253L at UNC.  Either course taken alone would be awarded BIOL 290 and BIOL 290L.

UNC-Chapel Hill1

Semester 5

CBPH 741Introduction to Human Anatomy3
DHYG 241Nutrition2
DHYG 252Dental Radiology3
DHYG 253Dental Embryology, Histology, and Anatomy4
DHYG 257Introduction to Dental Hygiene2
DHYG 257LPreclinical Dental Hygiene3
Total Hours17

Semester 6

DHYG 261Dental Pharmacology2
DHYG 262Dental Health Education2
DHYG 263Periodontology2
DHYG 264Histology1
DHYG 265Dental Materials3
DHYG 267Dental Hygiene Theory I3
DHYG 267LDental Hygiene Clinic I3
DHYG 414Radiographic Interpretation1
Total Hours17

Semester 7

DHYG 351General and Oral Pathology2
DHYG 352Community Dental Health3
DHYG 357Dental Hygiene Theory II2
DHYG 401Oral Microbiology2
DHYG 402Special Care in Dentistry2
DHYG 403Current Concepts in Periodontics2
Total Hours13

Semester 8

DHYG 362IDEAs in Action General Education logo Community Dental Health Internship2
DHYG 363Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence1
DHYG 367Dental Hygiene Theory III3
DHYG 393Dental Hygiene Specialty Practicum5
Dental hygiene elective (one to two hours) chosen from:1-2
Current Topics in Dental Hygiene
Death and Dying During Life's Experience
Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene
Introduction to Dental Office Management
Dental Hygiene Service Learning
Community-Based Dental Hygiene Service Learning
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Research Methodology 2
Total Hours12-13

All major requirements must be completed at UNC.

More information about the Dental Hygiene program can be found on the program's website.


IDEAs In Action Requirements: DHYG 495 fulfills RESEARCH.

UGETC Course List (A.S. Curriculum) 

English Composition (two courses)6
ENG 111Writing & Inquiry 1
ENG 112Writing/Research in the Disciplines 1
Humanities/Fine Arts (two courses from at least two different disciplines)6
ART 111Art Appreciation (UNC GENR 111)
ART 114Art History Survey I (UNC ARTH 151)
ART 115 Art History Survey II (UNC ARTH 152)
COM 120Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (UNC COMM 120), OR
COM 231
Public Speaking (UNC COMM 113)
DRA 111Theatre Appreciation (UNC DRAM 116)
ENG 231American Literature I (UNC ENGL 128) 2
ENG 232American Literature II (UNC ENGL 128) 2
ENG 241British Literature I (UNC ENGL 120) 2
ENG 242British Literature II (UNC ENGL 121) 2
MUS 110Music Appreciation (UNC MUSC 141)
MUS 112Introduction to Jazz (UNC MUSC 145)
PHI 215Philosophical Issues (UNC PHIL 101) 2
PHI 240Introduction to Ethics (UNC PHIL 160) 2
Social/Behavioral Science (two coures from at least two different disciplines)6
ECO 251Principles of Microeconomics (UNC GENR 119) 3
ECO 252Principles of Microeconomics (UNC GENR 119) 3
HIS 111World Civilizations I (UNC GENR 113)
HIS 112World Civilizations II (UNC GENR 113)
HIS 131American History I (UNC HIST 127)
HIS 132American History II (UNC HIST 128)
POL 120American Government (UNC POLI 100)
PSY 150General Psychology (UNC PSYC 101)
SOC 210Introduction to Sociology (UNC SOCI 101)
Mathematics (select two courses)8
MAT 171Precalculus Algebra (UNC MATH 110P)
MAT 172Pre-calculus Trigonometry (UNC MATH 130 + MATH 110P)
MAT 263Brief Calculus (UNC MATH 152 + MATH 110P)
MAT 271Calculus I (UNC MATH 231 + MATH 129P + MATH 110P)
MAT 272 Calculus II (UNC MATH 232 + MATH 110P)
Natural Sciences (select 8 SCH from the following courses):8
AST 151/151AGeneral Astronomy I and Lab (UNC ASTR 101/100L)
BIO 110Principles of Biology (UNC GENR 116)
BIO 111 & 112General Biology I & II (UNC BIOL 101/101L + BIOL 103 + BIOL 104)
CHM 151 & 152General Chemistry I & II (UNC CHEM 101/101L +CHEM 102/102L)
GEL 111Introduction Geology (UNC EMES 101/101L)
PHY 110/110AConceptual Physics and Lab (UNC PHYS 101)
PHYS 151 & 152College Physics I & II (UNC PHYS 114 + PHYS 115)
PHYS 251 & 252General Physics I & II (UNC PHYS 118 + PHYS 119)
Total Hours34

IDEAs In Action Requirements not covered by the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement that could be completed at the Community College:

COM 231 (UNC COMM 113) can fulfill COMMBEYOND; COM 120 (UNC COMM 120), CHM 2512 (UNC CHEM 261 + CHEM 262L) or CHM 2522 (UNC CHEM 262 + CHEM 262L) can fulfill RESEARCH, and PED 110 (LFIT 998) can fulfill LIFE-FIT.


Students who complete both ENG 111 and 112 receive credit for UNC ENGL 100 + ENGL 105.


Course may have prerequisite(s). Consult the North Carolina Community College Combined Course Library for most current information.


ECO 251 + 252 = UNC ECON 101 + UNC GENR 119.

Additional Resources

Applying to Carolina

Advising and Community College Course Selection

  • For UGETC, Pre-Major, Elective, or GEC course options, please refer to the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement transfer course list.
  • Students should work with their community college academic advisor to ensure appropriate course selection for AA/AS degree completion.

Additional Resources

  • To find out how your N.C. community college coursework will transfer to UNC, please view the transfer credit list for your community college campus.