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Pre-Optometry Curriculum with a Biology Major

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Where are SAU pre-optometry Biology graduates now?

Over the past five years, SAU graduates have been accepted to optometry programs at the following schools: Indiana University, Illinois College of Optometry, Southern College of Optometry, and University of Missouri at St. Louis

What courses should I take?

The requirements for optometry school include courses in biology, chemistry, and physics that prepare you to work with the delicate structure of the eye. Although the exact course requirements differ for each program, many optometry programs require the following courses for admission:


• One year General Biology + lab (BIOL 199, 200)
• One year General Chemistry + lab (CHEM 105, 106)
• One year Organic Chemistry + lab (CHEM 207, 208, 209, 210)
• Biochemistry (CHEM 319)
• One year Physics + lab (PHYS 203, 204)
• Microbiology (BIOL 251)
• Statistics (STAT 213)
• Calculus (MATH 191)


Individual optometry programs may have additional requirements, including Psychology, Sociology, and/or English Composition.

The entrance exam for optometry school is the OAT (Optometry Admission Test). In order for you to enter an optometry graduate program in the fall semester after graduation, you should plan to take the OAT during the spring of your junior year. Additional courses that are beneficial to complete prior to taking the OAT are:


• Biodiversity (BIOL 201)
• One year of Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 202, 204)
• Lifespan & Development (PSYC 212)
• Genetics (BIOL 303)
• Ecology (BIOL 307)