Some required and recommended courses are listed below.
Pre-Requisite requirements vary between programs so pre-optometry students are advised to study carefully the requirements of the optometry schools of their choice. Interested students are encouraged to consult the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry at the earliest opportunity to plan for the entrance requirements of a specific optometry schools.
The following courses at Gustavus are appropriate, based on the overall requirements and recommendations of most optometry schools. Some required and recommended courses are listed below:
Biology: BIO-101, BIO-102 and BIO-118 or 380 (BIO-201 and
BIO-202 if planning to take BIO-380).
Chemistry: CHE-107, CHE-141, CHE-251, CHE-255, and CHE-258.
English: one composition and one literature course.
Health and Exercise Science: HES-234, HES-235.
Mathematics: MCS-118/119 or MCS-121, and MCS-142 or other statistics course (not E/M-125).
Physics: PHY-120/121 and PHY-170/171 or PHY-122/121 and PSY-172/171.
Psychology: PSY-100 and PSY-234 or PSY-241 or PSY-334.
Sample Curriculum of pre-requisite courses for Optometry @ Gustavus
BIO 101 Principles of Biology
CHE 107 Principles of Chemistry
FTS 100 Elective
BIO 102 Organismal Biology
CHE 141 Organic Chemistry I
MCS 121 or 118/119
CHE 251 Organic Chemistry II
BIO 118 or 380 (BIO 201 and BIO 202 if planning to take BIO 380)
MCS 142 or other statistics course
CHE 258 Inorganic Chemistry I
PHY 120/121 or PHY 122/121
HES 234 Human Anatomy & Phy. I
PHY 170/171 or PSY 172/171
HES 235 Human Anatomy & Phy. II
CHE 255 Biochemistry
PSY 234 or PSY 241 or PSY 334
Examples of Pre-requisites at Optometry Programs
The courses listed above show what a representative Optometry program may look like; however pre-requisite requirements vary between institutions. Be sure to check with the schools to which you are interested in applying to determine their specific requirements. Also, you need to become acquainted with eligibility requirements that govern licensing in the particular state or states where a practice is desired.
You may take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) as early as the sophomore year, but it is recommended that you take it during your third or fourth year in college. Optometry Admission Testing Program additional information: www.opted.org/info_oat.cfm
Updated 5/13/2011 JMV