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Optometry – OD

Common Requirements for Doctor of Optometry (OD) Programs

The list below shows common basic requirements for most optometry schools in the US, though requirements for optometry schools can be variable. To make sure you are fulfilling the prerequisites for the schools you are interested in attending, please check their individual admissions websites. As a reminder, this list is not a substitute for meeting with the Academic Advisor in your College.

CourseRequirementFulfilled By*
Biology2 semesters lecture, 2 semesters labBIO 181
BIO 183
General Chemistry2 semesters lecture, 2 semesters labCH 101/102
CH 201/202
Organic Chemistry1 semester lecture, 1 semester labCH 221/222
Physics2 semesters lecture, 2 semesters labPY 211
PY 212
English Writing2 semestersENG 101
Advanced ENG
Mathematics2 semestersST 311 or 370
MA 121, 131, or 141
Biochemistry1 semesterBCH 351 or
BCH 451
Microbiology1 semesterMB 351/352
Psychology1 semesterPSY 200
*some majors, such as Chemistry or Engineering, may have specific requirements for these courses. Please be sure to check with your Academic Advisor.

Requirements for regional schools: