Preoptometry Courses

Most optometry schools require:

  • ENGL 101 Composition or 105 Freshman Honors English (3 credit hours)
  • ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing or 205 Freshman-Sophomore Honors Proseminar (3)
     
  • BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology or 151 Honors (4)
  • BIOL 152 Principles of Organismal Biology or 153 Honors (
  • ​BIOL 400 Fundamentals of Microbiology or 401 Honors (3), and 402 Lab (2)
     
  • ​CHEM 130 General Chemistry I, 170 for Chemical Science Majors, or 190 Honors (5)
  • CHEM 135 General Chemistry II, 175 for Chemical Science Majors, or 195 Honors (5)
  • 330 Organic Chemistry I (3) and 331 Lab (2)
     
  • ​MATH 115 Calculus I (derivatives, 3) or 125 (derivatives & integrals, 4)
     
  • PHSX 114 College Physics I (4), 210 for Engineers I (3) and 216 Lab (1), 211 General Physics I (4) and 216 Lab (1), or 213 Honors (5)
  • PHSX 115 College Physics II (4), 212 General Physics II (3) and 236 Lab (1), or 214 Honors (4)
  • PSYC 104 General Psychology or 105 Honors (3, Missouri requires 2 semesters)
     
  • Statistics, e.g., PSYC 210, MATH 365 or BIOL 570 (3)

​Some schools require, and most recommend: 

  • BIOL 240 Human Anatomy (3) & 241 Lab (2)
  • BIOL 646 Mammalian Physiology (4) & 647 Lab (2), or 246 Human Physiology (3) & 247 Lab (2)
  • BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry (3) or 636 Biochemistry I (3)

For much more, including requirements for specific optometry schools, see Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO).

Here's one option for sequencing the sciences required for Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee:

1st Fall 1st Spring 2nd Fall 2nd Spring 3rd Fall 3rd Spring 4th Fall 4th Spring
Chemistry I Chemistry II Microbiology Organic Chemistry Physics I Physics II    
Biology I Biology II Microbiology Lab Organic Chemistry Lab Biochemistry Child Psychology    
    Calculus Statistics Psychology      
               

 

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  • ABSC 310 Building Healthy Communities
  • ANTH/GIST 201 & ANTH 202 Culture & Health
  • BIOL 242 Human Anatomy Dissection Lab
  • CLSX 332 Scientific Word Power: Greek and Latin in Science
  • HEIM 210 Health Information Mgmt - Introduction to Healthcare (1) 
  • HEIM 415 Health Information Mgmt - Healthcare Delivery Systems 
  • HEIM 230 Health Information Mgmt - Basic Medical Terminology 
  • HEIM 415 Health Information Mgmt - Healthcare Delivery Systems 
  • HSES 330 Health, Sport, & Exercise Sci - Principles of Nutrition&Health 
  • HUM 125 Humanities - Intro to Medical Humanities 
  • PHIL 676 Philosophy - Medical Ethics:Life & Death Issues
  • PHIL 370 Moral Issues in Medicine (does NOT meet 5.1) 
  • SOC 424 Sociology - Sociology of Health & Medicine 
  • SOC 425 Sociology - Sociology of Global Health 
  • SPLH 261 Speech-Language-Hearing - Survey Communication Disorders 

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