Academics

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.

PRE-OPTOMETRY PREREQUISITES FOR 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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