Pre-Health Sciences Program

About the Pre-Optometry Program

Doctors of optometry are health care professionals who examine, diagnose, test and manage diseases and disorders of the eye and its associated structures. In addition to their routine duties, optometrists regularly diagnose systemic diseases such as diabetes and arteriosclerosis during their examinations. Most optometry schools, like other health professional schools, have a four-year program that is equally devoted to in-class lecture and clinical experience. In order to get into optometry school, potential students must take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT). Requirements beyond core classes include:  BIOL 205: Human Anatomy, BIOL 206: Human Physiology, BIOL 208: Microbiology, CHEM 336 Biochemistry, PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology, and three additional hours in psychology.

Program curriculum:

CORE 101: Drury Seminar
BIOL 172: Molecular Biology
BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Inheritance
CHEM 208/L: Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 238/238L: Inorganic Chemistry
MATH 231: Calculus I
MATH 227: Statistics
PHYS 211: General Physics I
PHYS 212: General Physics II
CHEM 315/315L: Organic Chemistry I
ENGL: 207 Expository Writing:Art of the Essay
BIOL 336: Biochemistry
BIOL 208: Microbiology
BIOL 205: Human Anatomy
BIOL 206: Human Physiology
PSYC 101: Principles of Psychology (plus 3 electives)

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