Most students intending to pursue optometry after graduation choose to major in biology or chemistry, both of which are good choices for pre-optometry programs. Pre-professional advisors are available in both of these disciplines to assist in planning an appropriate pre-optometry degree course of study and in understanding the entrance procedures and requirements of various post-baccalaureate programs.

The majority of the professional schools seek students who have completed courses in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and have a background in English, humanities and social sciences. Students who complete pre-optometry programs should possess an ability to solve scientific problems and have a broad undergraduate education. Pre-optometry majors may focus on any subject or pursue any academic interest as long as the required courses are completed.

In preparation for admission to optometry school, pre-optometry majors should obtain a broad background in natural sciences, social studies and humanities. Students should consult bulletins from optometry schools of their choice for specific entrance requirements. Minimum requirements for most professional schools are as follows:

  • BIOL 133 and 113 Population Biology and Lab
  • BIOL 134 and 114 Cell Biology and Lab
  • BIOL 244 Human Physiology
  • BIOL 340 Genetics
  • BIOL 343 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 345 Microbiology
  • BIOL 346 Biochemistry
  • CHEM 132 and 111 Gen. Chemistry I and Lab
  • CHEM 232 and 211 Gen. Chemistry II and Lab
  • CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry II
  • MATH 132 College Algebra or higher
  • MATH 335 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • PHYS 241 Physics I
  • PHYS 242 Physics II
  • PSYC 131 Basic Psychology


Pre-Professional Program Emphases

Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Pre-Professional Emphasis

Pre-Prof: Biology Curriculum

Required Core Courses (28 hours)

    Physical Science Requirements (7 hours)

    Choose from the course / course prefix list below to fufil this requirement.



      Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a Pre-Professional Emphasis

      Pre-Prof: Chemistry Curriculum

      Required Core Courses (35 hours)