Optometry
Pre-requisite Requirements

Optometry Four Year Plan
 
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.
 
First Year: Fall
 
BIO 101 Principles of Biology
 

*CHE 107 Principles of Chemistry (MCAT) OR CHE 106 Introduction to Principles of Chemistry (MCAT) 

*Before you can register for CHE107, you are required to take the Chemistry placement exam. (CHE 106 offered Fall only and CHE 108 offered January Interim only) are equivalent to CHE 107. Find out more about the CHE placement exam, click here.

 
FTS 100 (Writing Intensive course- WRITI)

First Year: January Interim

*CHE 108 Chemical Thermodynamics & Equilibrium (MCAT)

*(CHE 106 offered Fall only and CHE 108 offered January Interim only) are equivalent to CHE 107. Find out more about the CHE placement exam, click here.

 
 
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
 
MCS 142 or equivalent statistics course

Second Year: January Interim

NDL 068 Career Exploration (strongly recommended)

 
Second Year: Spring
 
CHE 258 Inorganic Chemistry I

BIO 218 Fundamentals of Microbiology or BIO 380 Microbiology (BIO 201 and BIO 202 if planning to take BIO 380)

PSY 100
 
 
Third Year: Fall
 
PHY 120/121 or PHY 122/121
 
HES 234 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
 
 
 
Third Year: Spring
 
PHY 170/171 or PHY 172/171
 
HES 235 Human Anatomy & Physiology 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 ALL Optometry programs


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

Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry(Four course total required Social/Behavioral Sciences/Humanities)

Indiana University School of Optometry(One additional Advanced Biology course animal or developmental)

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)

University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Optometry

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

Updated 3/25/2022 HB