While students who've completed the necessary prerequisites are free to select any professional school to apply to, the School of Science pre-optometry program is especially designed to prepare students for enrollment into the IU School of Optometry.


Minimum of 90 credit hours of coursework. Bachelor's degree strongly recommended.Visit the IU School of Optometry website for more information.

Required Courses: 

  • BIOL-K101 Concepts of Biology I (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-K103 Concepts of Biology II (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-K356 / BIOL-K357 Microbiology/Lab (3 cr./2 cr.)
  • BIOL-K384 Biochemistry (3 cr.)
  • Advanced Biology - one of the following (3 cr. to 5 cr.) :
    • BIOL-K322 Genetics and Molecular Biology
    • BIOL-K324 Cell Biology  
    • BIOL-N217 Human Physiology   
  • BIOL-N261 Human Anatomy      
  • CHEM-C105 / CHEM-C125 Principles of Chemistry I/Lab  (3 cr./2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C106 / CHEM-C126 Principles of Chemistry II/Lab (3 cr./2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C341 / CHEM-C343 Organic Chemistry I/Lab (3 cr./2 cr.)
  • ENG-W131 Reading, Writing and Inquiry I (3 cr.)
  • ENG-W270 (formerly 132) Argumentative Writing (3 cr.) or ENG-W231 Professional Writing Skills          
  • MATH 23100 Calculus for the Life Sciences I (3 cr. to 4 cr.) or MATH 22100 or MATH 16500 or MATH-M119            
  • PHYS-P201 General Physics I  (5 cr.)
  • PHYS-P202 General Physics II  (5 cr.)
  • PSY-B110 Introductory Psychology (3 cr.)
  • STAT 30100 Elementary Statistical Methods I (3 cr.) or STAT-N501 or PSY-B305 or ECON-E270  
  • Note: The following courses are strongly recommended but not required: BIOL N261 Anatomy and BIOL N217 Physiology (both 5 cr.)       
  • If the student does NOT have a bachelor's degree, additional courses are required:        
    • Arts and Humanities (6 cr.)
    • Foreign language (6 cr.) (students having completed 2 or more years in high school with C or better are exempt)         
    • Social and Historical Studies (6 cr.)
    • Additional credit hours to reach 90 credit hours

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