Pre-Optometry

Contact Information

Name: Dr. John Pellegrini (Biology) or Lisa Rovick

In order to receive the doctor of optometry (O.D.) degree, individuals must complete a four-year program at a board-approved school of optometry. Most students interested in optometry first complete a liberal arts degree with a major in biology. 

The following courses are required for admission to most schools of optometry, although each optometry school has a slightly different set of prerequisite courses. Students are advised to check the prerequisites for the particular schools to which they plan to apply.

BIOL 1710
BIOL 1720
Foundations of Biology I with Lab
and Foundations of Biology II with Lab
8
Select one of the following two anatomy course sequences:8
Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab
and Comparative Animal Physiology
BIOL 3210Biology of Microorganisms with Lab4
or BIOL 2200 Introduction to Microbiology with Lab
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1120
General Chemistry I with Lab
and General Chemistry II with Lab
8
CHEM 2010Organic Chemistry I with Lab4
ENGL 2305WWriting for Life: Developing Skill and Confidence4
MATH 1130Calculus I4
Select one of the following two physics course sequences:8
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics II
Physics for the Health Sciences I
and Physics for the Health Sciences II with Lab
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
STAT 1090Statistical Analysis (or other statistics course)4

Recommended:

PSYC 2025 Lifespan Developmental Psychology

PHIL 3400 Biomedical Ethics