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Pre-Optometry Requirements


A Bachelor of Science degree is highly recommended. Students who are interested in optometry will be able to obtain the following courses for application to optometry school. The following courses are required by many schools

  • BI 111 General Biology: Cells & Genes
  • BI 112 General Biology: Ecology & Evolution
  • BI 250 General Microbiology
  • BI 318 Genetics
  • CH 131 General Chemistry I
  • CH 137 General Chemistry II
  • CH 216 Organic Chemistry I
  • CH 217 Organic Chemistry II
  • BI/CH 342 Biochemistry I
  • PH 231 General Physics I
  • PH 232 General Physics II
  • EN 112 English Composition
  • MA 155 Elementary Probability & Statistics

Some schools require mathematics through calculus (MA 241). Some type of anatomy (human or comparative), ethics, communication, sociology, and a foreign language is also encouraged.

Valuable resources for applicants to schools of optometry:

Central Application Service


Standardized Entrance Exam

Optometry Aptitude Test (OAT)

Additional Information:

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

American Optometric Association

University of Missouri at St. Louis College of Optometry

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