To pursue a pre-optometry program, you must start planning early by setting out the right course of action geared toward your career goals.  Optometry schools do not require that you choose a specific undergraduate major.  Therefore, no matter which major you choose, you need to take the following courses (most by the end of the junior year or earlier) to prepare yourself for admission. Be sure to investigate those schools you are interested in to ensure that you will satisfy all of their prerequisites because some schools require different courses.


Required Courses for most programs:

Course Number Course Name Credit
BIOL151, 152 + labs General Biology I, II (including labs) 4,4
CHEM121, 123 General Chemistry I, and lab 3,1
CHEM122, 124W General Chemistry II, and lab 3,1
CHEM211, 213W Organic Chemistry I, and lab 3,1
CHEM212, 214 Organic Chemistry II, and lab 3,1
ENGL102 College Writing 3
ENGL Some Literature Course 3
MATH160, 161 Calculus I, Calculus II 3
BIOL216 + lab Introduction to Microbiology (includes lab) 4
PHYS151, 152 + labs Introduction to University Physics I and II (includes labs) 4,4
PSYC100 General Psychology 3
MATH220 Statistics 3
CHEM320, 321 Biochemistry I and lab (recommended) 3,1
BIOL233, 234 + labs Anatomy and Physiology I and II (including labs) -recommended 4,4
BIOL344,345 Molecular Biology and lab (recommended) 3,1