Choosing a Major
- Pre-optometry students must choose a major (pre-optometry is not a major).
- Commonly chosen majors include biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and neuroscience.
- Any major is acceptable, so long as the student completes all pre-optometry requirements.
- Consult the pre-professional health advisor – Francie Renschler.
Recommended Attributes of Optometry School Applicants
- Competitive GPA of 3.3 or higher, especially in science courses
- High score on OAT exam
- Strong letters of recommendation from professors and an optometrist
- Active in volunteer or work experience and leadership in extracurricular activities
- Recommend some exposure to practicing optometrists
Common Pre-requisites for Admission to Optometry School
- BIOL 107 or BIOL 119 (General Biology or Introduction to Biology - Molecular Perspectives)
- BIOL 120 (Introduction to Organismal Diversity)
- BIOL 331 (Genetics)*
- BIOL 430 (Microbiology)
- BIOL/EXSS 112 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I)*
- BIOL/EXSS 113 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II)*
- CHEM 118 (Principles of Chemistry)
- CHEM 280 (Inorganic Chemistry I)
- CHEM 240 (Organic Chemistry I)
- CHEM 370 (Biochemistry)
- PHYS 121 (Algebra Physics I)
- PHYS 122 (Algebra Physics II)
- PSYC 121 (Introduction to Psychology)
- PSYC 245 (Statistics for Psychologists)
- MATH 221 (Calculus I)
- 6 credit hours of foreign language
- 6 credit hours of arts and humanities
- 3 credit hours of English composition
*Recommended, but not required.
Course requirements for optometry schools may vary, please check the website for school of interest.
Most optometry schools will accept AP or Dual Credit for science and/or prerequisite courses if they appear on your college transcript, but may limit the number of AP credit hours accepted.
- Take the OAT exam in spring or early summer before senior year.
- Complete application through the OptomCAS July through January.
- Complete any supplementary application for individual schools.
- Interview or Admission Day conducted by schools in fall through winter.
All pre-optometry students must meet with an academic advisor in their major department in addition to meeting with the pre-professional health advisor during time of registration each semester!