Academics

Most optometry schools in the United States and Canada require similar prerequisite coursework for admissions. The Optometry Admissions Test (OAT), taken before application, also covers a broad range of topics. Pre-optometry students should work with a PMHSC advisor to include the courses that both meet prerequisite requirements and teach OAT content into their plan of work. The courses listed below do not constitute a major nor minor. If you are looking for suggestions while choosing a major or minor, you might find this blog article, "Students: How do I pick a major?" or list of minors

Biology

One academic year with laboratory. One semester of microbiology. Additional, upper-level courses are recommended such as physiology, cellular biology, histology, immunology, and genetics  

  • BIO 1500 and 1501 – Basic Life Diversity – 4 credits  
  • BIO 1510 and 1511 – Basic Life Mechanisms – 4 credits  
  • BIO 2270/2271 – Microbiology – 5 credits 

Chemistry

Two semesters of general chemistry with lab; two semesters or organic chemistry with lab  

  • CHM 1100 and 1130 – General Chemistry 1 – 5 credits  
  • CHM 1140 and 1150 – General Chemistry 2 – 5 credits  
  • CHM 1240 and 1250 – Organic Chemistry 1 – 5 credits  
  • CHM 2220 and 2230 – Organic Chemistry 2 – 5 credits  

Biochemistry

One semester of biochemistry  

  • BIO 3100 – Cellular Biochemistry – 3 credits  
  • CHM 5600 – Survey of Biochemistry – 3 credits  
  • CHM 6620 – Metabolism – 3 credits (biochemistry majors only)  

Physics

Two semesters of physics with lab  

  • PHY 2130 and 2131 – Physics for the Life Sciences 1 – 5 credits  
  • PHY 2140 and 2141 – Physics for the Life Sciences 2 – 5 credits  
  • Please note: PHY 2170/71 and PHY 2180/81 are also acceptable  

Math

One semester of calculus 

  • MAT 2010 – 4 credits 

Statistics

One semester of statistics 

  • STA 1020 – 3 credits 
  • MAT 2210 – 4 credits 
  • PH 3200 – 3 credits 

Psychology

  • PSY 1010 – 4 credits (with lab) 
  • PSY 1020 – 3 credits (without lab) 

English (Composition)

Two semesters, only one literature course can count towards this requirement .

  • ENG 1020 – Basic Composition – 3 credits  
  • ENG 3010 – Intermediate Writing – 3 credits (many Intermediate Composition (ICN) courses will satisfy this requirement but ENG 3010 is recommended)  

Additional recommendedcoursework

Additional classes may be required depending on the particular optometry program. Please check with a Pre-Optometry advisor for more details on these classes.