Optometry School Requirements
A GENERAL SURVEY OF THE ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES OF OPTOMETRY
Basic Pre-Optometry Course Requirements
There are certain college-level courses that all schools and colleges of optometry require you to take prior to consideration for admission. Use this list of courses only as a guide.
|General Biology w/ labs||1 - 2||BIO 150, 151, 152, 153**|
|Microbiology w/lab||1||BIO 208 & 209 or BIO 308 & 209|
|General Chemistry w/lab||2||(CHE 105 & CHE 111 lab) and (CHE 107 and CHE 113 lab)|
|Organic Chemistry w/lab||1 - 2||CHE 230, 231, 232, 233|
|General Physics||2||PHY 211 & PHY 213|
|English||2||CIS/ WRD 110 and CIS/ WRD 111|
|Calculus||1 - 2||MA 123 or MA 113|
|Psychology||1 - 2||PSY 100|
**Biology majors take Biology 148, 152, and 155 in lieu of Biology 150, 151, 152, and 153
The following courses are required or recommended:
|Physiology||1 - 2||PGY 206, PGY 412G, or BIO 350|
There are additional course requirements which vary with each school or college. Consult each school's catalog. The science courses you take should be those designed for pre-professional students. Brief survey courses in the sciences will not prepare you for optometry school. Most science courses must include laboratory experience.