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Pre-Optometry Program

Students interested in preparing for optometry training should take science courses and laboratories designed for science majors. Brief survey courses in the sciences will not prepare students for the schools and colleges of optometry.

Typically a minimum of three years of pre-optometry study is required, most students accepted by a school or college of optometry have completed a baccalaureate degree.

The requirements for admission to the schools and colleges of optometry vary. Students should contact the optometry schools of their choice for a list of specific courses. However, all optometric schools and colleges require at least two-three years of pre-optometric study, as shown below. Check out the Optometry Education website.

AdvisorEmailPosition and DepartmentPhoneOffice
Glenda Hillghill@boisestate.eduDirector,
Pre-Professional Studies
208-426-3832HSR 124
Erin Colburnerincolburn@boisestate.eduAcademic Advisor208-426-2454HSR 123
Howard Wileyhowardwiley@boisestate.eduAcademic Advisor208-426-3732HSR 122

Pre-Optometry Course Work

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ENGL 101, 102English Composition6
Arts, Humanities, and Foundation Studies Courses (based on degree requirements)6 -12
Social Sciences (based on degree requirements)6 -9
PSYC 101General Psychology3
BIOL 191, 192General Biology I and II8
BIOL 205Microbiology4
BIOL 227-228Human Anatomy and Physiology8
CHEM 111, 111L - 112, 112LCollege Chemistry I and II with Labs8
*CHEM 307, 308, 309, 310 Organic Chemistry and Labs10
MATH 143-144 OR
MATH 147
College Algebra and Analytical Trigonometry OR
Precalculus
5
*MATH 170Calculus I4
*MATH 254 OR
PSYC 295
Applied Statistics with Computers OR
Statistical Methods
3 -4
PHYS 111-112General Physics8
TOTAL80-90
*Requirement varies with school
Additional Courses that may be needed for the pre-optometry program: additional Psychology, advanced Biology coursework, Biochemistry, and additional Calculus. Additional coursework to be chosen based on Bachelor degree requirements.