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 546 Mammalian Physiology (3) & 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      
               

 


Premedical Student Workshops

For more information, and to register to attend, click on the presentation title:

Pre-Medical Track Q & A Open Forum with Paul or Alexis

Wed Nov 15

5:30 PM

MedSchool Express: Intro to Pre-Medicine

Thu Nov 16

6:00 PM

MedSchool Express: Intro to Pre-Veterinary

Tue Nov 28

4:00 PM 

Pre-Medical Track Q & A Open Forum with Paul or Alexis

Wed Nov 29

5:00 PM

Accepted vs. Not Accepted into Med School: Now What ?

Thu Nov 30

5:30 PM

Applying to Physician Assistant Schools 

Tue Dec 5

4:00 PM

Applying to Dental Schools  Wed Dec 6

4:00 PM

Applying to Optometry Schools  Thur Dec 7

4:00 PM

Applying to Veterinary Schools  Tue Dec 12

4:00 PM

The Almighty MCAT: Overview & Prep Wed Dec 13

4:00 PM

Applying to Medical Schools  Thur Dec 14

4:00 PM

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