Pre-Optometry Program

Degree Requirements

Indiana University School of Optometry

A total of 90 semester hours of college credit is required as a minimum for admission to the School of Optometry; however, a bachelor's degree is strongly recommended. Preoptometry requirements must be completed by the time the student enters the School of Optometry. Students who already have a bachelor's degree with a major in a science field are often fully prepared for admission to the School of Optometry. Those with degrees in nonscience fields may find additional course work required. Students must take their preoptometry course work at any accredited institution. Grades lower than a C in any preoptometry requirement will not be accepted. Each course meets just one requirement. All preoptometry requirements must have been completed within 10 years from the time when the student hopes to start the Doctor of Optometry program.

Students entering with a bachelor's degree must have the following courses:

Subject area                              Comparable


--Introductory, with lab (5 cr)    BIOL-L 105

--Advanced (animal or (3-5 cr)  (see recommended list below)


--Microbiology, with lab (5 cr)    MICR- M 310 and M 315


--Organic, 2 courses (5 cr)    CHEM- C 341, C3 42, and/or C 343

--Inorganic, with labs  (10 cr)   CHEM-C 105/125 & C 106/126

Mathematics--Calculus (5-6 cr) MATH-  M 215 or M 119-120

Physics--General (10 cr)  P201 and P202

Statistical Techniques and/or (3 cr)   MATH-K 310

Experimental Design

Psychology--Introductory (3 cr)   PSY-P 103

Writing Skills

--English Composition (3 cr)    ENG- W 131 or W 132

--A course with a strong writing (3 cr)  Any 300-400-level Literature course except L390/391

Students entering the Indiana University School of Optometry WITHOUT a bachelor's degree must have completed the following courses IN ADDITION to the above: 

Subject area                                                

Arts and Humanities (6 cr)

Foreign Language (6 cr)

Social and Historical Studies (6 cr)

Additional credits as needed

TOTAL 90 cr

Of the 90 credit hours, at least 20 must be at the 300-400 level. A maximum of 60 semester hours may be taken at a junior college.

Strongly recommended:

Subject area                                                                         Comparable IU courses 

Vertebrate or Human Anatomy, with lab (5 cr)    ANAT-A 215, ZOOL-Z 315

Physiology, with lab (5  cr)    PHSL-P 215, PHSL-P 416/418

Biochemistry (300 level if possible) (3 cr)    CHEM-C 483

Other recommended courses:

Subject area                                                                                           Comparable IU courses

Small Business Management  X100

(1 semester)

Medical Terminology CLAS-C 209

Histology (1 semester)

Ethics PHIL-P 140

Independent Research BIOL-L 490 or CHEM-C 409

A minimum SAT Verbal score of 670 or ACT English score of 32 will exempt the student (without credit) from the English composition requirement. Other means of completing the composition requirement exist. Consult the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin for details on these options.

A minimum of two Humanities courses is required.

A minimum of two foreign language courses is required. This requirement for a Bachelor of Science in Optometry may be met by placement examination. Students who have completed two or more years of a single foreign language in high school with an average grade of C or above, or have completed a bachelor's degree at another institution, are exempt from this requirement. (Note: Variation exists among

academic divisions of the university in basic foreign language requirements and exemption policies. For a bachelor's degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, or from another division of the university, consult the appropriate bulletin for foreign language statements.)

A minimum of two courses in Social Studies is required. For departments in this area, consult the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin.

None of the specified courses may be taken on a pass/fail basis. The credit hours required in the individual subjects are considered absolute minimums, which must be met or exceeded. If the hours of credit in any subject total less than the minimum specified, the student should complete the next higher course in that subject. Quarter hours convert to semester hours by the following scale:

3 quarter hrs. = 2 semester hrs.

4 quarter hrs. = 3 semester hrs.

5 quarter hrs. = 3.33 semester hrs.

6 quarter hrs. = 4 semester hrs