Optometry Path (OD)

The Doctor of Optometry is a 4-year program that concentrates mainly on the function and pathology of the eye and eye-associated structures. Some programs have graduate and residency programs for students who want to delve deeper into this field. Many OD’s have individual practices, so a background in business is always helpful. OD programs require applicants to complete a standardized exam: OAT—Optometry Admission Test.

Required Courses

Most optometry programs require:

  • BIOL 1310 and 1320 General Biology I & II
  • BIOL 1310 Human Anatomy and BIOL 1320 Human Physiology
  • CHEM 1310 and 1320 General Chemistry I & II
  • CHEM 1210 and 1220 Organic Chemistry I & II
  • PHYS 3110 and 3120 General Physics I & II
  • BIOL 3550 Biochemistry
  • BIOL 4310 Microbiology for Biology Majors
  • MATH 2440 Math for Life Sciences I: Calculus (or other calculus course)
  • PSYC 1600 Introduction to Psychology

Recommended Courses

Many recommend:

  • One year of math (MATH 2440 and 2460, our Math for Life Science series)
  • BIOL 1310 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 1320 Human Physiology

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