The courses required for admission to optometry school are listed below, along with their Binghamton University equivalents. With the exception of the English, Psychology, and Mathematics, the remaining coursework is covered on the OAT. Therefore, you need to complete the Biology, both Chemistries, and Physics prior to taking the OAT. There are several ways in which you can create a course schedule in order to complete the course requirements in a timely manner. These, as well as other information, are discussed in the 2016-17 Freshman Sophomore Pre-Health Handbook (pdf).
Online courses: Some professional schools do not accept online science courses, especially those with online labs. It is the student's responsibility to check the requirements for each school to which they are applying.
|Subject||Course Rubric and Number|
|Biology (1 year)||BIOL 117 & BIOL 118|
|Inorganic Chemistry (1 year)||CHEM 107 & 108 OR
CHEM 111 & CHEM 341
You MUST choose one sequence. You may NOT switch between sequences. Also, CHEM 107 MUST be taken in the fall semester and CHEM 108 in the spring semester.
|Organic Chemistry (1 year)||CHEM 231, CHEM 332 & CHEM 335 (lab)|
|Physics (1 year)||PHYS 121 & PHYS 122 (or PHYS 131 & PHYS 132)|
|Microbiology (1 semester)||
BIOL 314 (lecture) & BIOL 326 (lab) - Offered in Fall
BIOL 319 (lecture) & BIOL 329 (lab) - Offered in Spring
|Calculus (1 semester)||MATH 221
Occasionally, optometry schools require two semesters of calculus (MATH 221 and 222). Students should verify admission requirements with each optometry school before applying.
|Psychology (1 semester)||PSYC 111|
|Statistics (1 semester)||MATH 147 or MATH 148 or PSYC 243|
|English (1 year)||Any course in English (ENG), Rhetoric (RHET), Writing (WRIT), Creative Writing (CW) or Comparative Literature (COLI) departments.|