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Academic Programs

Pre-Optometry Curriculum

What major should I choose?

Since optometry involves quite a bit of science, a major in Biology or Chemistry would be a good choice. Be sure to discuss your post-graduate plans with your SAU advisor so that you construct a plan of study that satisfies both whatever major you choose plus prepares you for graduate school.

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). To enter an optometry graduate program in the fall semester after graduation, you should take the OAT during the spring of your junior year. It's beneficial to complete these additional courses prior to taking the OAT:

• Biodiversity (BIOL 201)
• One year of Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 230, 232)
• Lifespan & Development (PSYC 212)
• Genetics (BIOL 303)
• Ecology (BIOL 307)