Optometry
Pre-requisite Requirements

Requirements for professional schools vary from school to school and can change year by year, students must carefully examine the pre-requisite requirements of the schools they are interested in to be current and accurate when registering for courses at Gustavus.
 
Consult the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometryguide for requirements and admission statistics to 20+ Optometry Schools for the most accurate information.

Sample Curriculum of pre-requisite courses for Optometry @ Gustavus
 
First Year: Fall
 
BIO 101 Principles of Biology
 
CHE 107 Principles of Chemistry
 
FTS 100 (Writing Intensive course- WRITI)
 
 
First Year: Spring
 
BIO 102 Organismal Biology
 
CHE 141 Organic Chemistry I
 
MCS 121 or 118/119
 
 
Second Year: Fall
 
CHE 251 Organic Chemistry II
 
BIO 218 or 380 (BIO 201 and BIO 202 if planning to take BIO 380)
 
MCS 142 or equivalent statistics course

Second Year: January Interim

NDL 068 Career Exploration (strongly recommended)

 
Second Year: Spring
 
CHE 258 Inorganic Chemistry I
 
PSY 100
 
 
Third Year: Fall
 
PHY 120/121 or PHY 122/121
 
HES 234 Human Anatomy & Phy. I
 
 
 
Third Year: Spring
 
PHY 170/171 or PHY 172/171
 
HES 235 Human Anatomy & Phy. II
 
 
 
Fourth Year: Fall
 
CHE 255 Biochemistry
 
English elective recommended (WRITI designation)
 
 
 
Fourth Year: Spring

Additional course based on specific optometry program pre-requisite requirements

 

Examples of Pre-requisites at Optometry Programs

School Specific pre-requisite courses for Optometry

  • Illinois College of Optometry (One additional Social Science course required: Economics, political science, anthropology, sociology or an additional psychology course are acceptable)



  • Pacific University College of Optometry (One course that has been taken from the Department of English or Writing is required. A course in writing composition, expository, technical or scientific writing is strongly recommended)


Consult the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometryguide for requirements and admission statistics to 20+ Optometry Schools for the most accurate information.

Updated 3/24/2020 HB