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Name: Prof. John Pellegrini (Biology) or Prof. Lisa Rovick (IPE)

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 look up required courses at their schools of choice and to consider consulting the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (

BIOL 1710
BIOL 1720
Foundations of Biology: Diversity and Evolution with Lab
and Foundations of Biology: Cell and Molecular Biology with Lab
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
Human and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab
and Human and Comparative Animal Physiology with Lab
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
CHEM 2010Organic Chemistry I with Lab4
ENGL 1905WCollege Writing4
MATH 1130Calculus I4
Select one of the following two physics course sequences:8
Introductory Physics I with Lab
and Introductory Physics II with Lab
Physics for the Health Sciences I with Lab
and Physics for the Health Sciences II with Lab
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
STAT 1090Statistical Analysis (or other statistics course)4


CHEM 2020 Organic Chemistry II with Lab

CHEM 4400 Biochemistry with Lab

PSYC 2025 Lifespan Developmental Psychology

PHIL 3400 Biomedical Ethics