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Pre-Optometry Program

The pre-professional program is not a major, but a series of courses required by professional schools for admission to their respective programs. If you are interested in anything from anesthesia assistant to veterinary science, then you will be following the same general path through your undergraduate academic program.

Required Courses

All pre-professional students will complete the same core courses. You will then complete elective courses for your specific academic program.

Professional schools seek students with essential skills to become practitioners in their desired career path.

Biology Courses

  • BL 105: General Biology (4.00 Credits)
  • BL 106: General Biology II (4.00 Credits)
  • BL 202: Microbiology (3.00 Credits)
  • BL 203: Microbiology Laboratory (1.00 Credits)
  • BL 206: Methods in Protein Purification (2.00 Credits)
  • BL 306: Cell Physiology (4.00 Credits)
  • BL 308: Genetics (4.00 Credits)

Chemistry Courses

  • CH 113: General Chemistry I (4.00 Credits)
  • CH 114: General Chemistry II (4.00 Credits)
  • CH 201: Organic Chemistry I (3.00 Credits)
  • CH 202: Organic Chemistry II (3.00 Credits)
  • CH 211: Organic Chemistry I Lab (1.00 Credits)
  • CH 212: Organic Chemistry II Lab (1.00 Credits)
  • CH 302: Biochemistry (3.00 Credits)
  • CH 307: Analytical Chemistry I (4.00 Credits)

English Courses

  • EN 102: Research Writing (3.00 Credits)

Mathematics Courses

  • MT 120: Applied Statistics (3.00 Credits)
  • MT 196: Pre-Calculus (4.00 Credits)
  • or higher

Physics Courses

  • PY 201: General Physics I (4.00 Credits)
  • PY 202: General Physics II (4.00 Credits)

One Sociology course, either:

  • SC 301: Sociology of the Body (3.00 Credits)
  • SC 203: Racial and Ethnic Groups (3.00 Credits)
  • SC 230: Death and Dying (3.00 Credits)
  • SC 301: Sociology of the Body (3.00 Credits)

One Psychology course

Program Details

Program Overview

Optometrists, also known as Doctors of Optometry, diagnose, manage and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. A Doctor of Optometry degree is a four-year graduate, professional program. The work of optometrists requires attention to detail, good manual dexterity and the ability to deal tactfully with patients. The three-year, pre-professional certificate program satisfies the academic entrance requirements of most medical, veterinary and pharmacy schools/colleges. You will have the minimum requirements for professional school/college applications at the end of three years provided you follow the specified curriculum sequence designed for the program.

Beyond the Classroom

The Pre-Med/Pre-Professional Club is for students interested in pre-medical and pre-professional sciences. Our club is involved in the community. We plan science-related activities and events and assist one another in admissions for graduate or medical school, as well as discuss alternate options.

This club provides perspective and insight into health care and science fields and builds supportive relationships among students who share a common interest in health care and science.

Students are provided a collaborative environment where they can interact with other students of all stages of the program, get advice on applying to medical school, study sessions and tutoring for tests and MCAT exam.

Contact admissions or the program faculty with questions about this program.

Admissions

Daniel P. Meer

Chair - Natural Sciences|Faculty - Biology

Science and MathScience and Math

dpmeer@stritch.edu

(414) 410-4137