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 Biology, Chemistry, 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 2022-2023 Freshman-Sophomore Pre-Health Handbook
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.
Links to individual schools can be found on the ASCO website.
Optometry School Curriculum Requirements
Course Rubric & Number
|Biology (1 year)||BIOL 113 (formerly BIOL 118), BIOL 114 (formerly BIOL 117) and BIOL 115*.|
|Chemistry (1 year)||
Option A: CHEM 104, 105, & 106
Option B CHEM 107-108
Option C: CHEM 111 and 341
You must choose among options A, B, and C. You may not switch between sequences. Be sure to check with your intended major to learn if there is a preferred sequence for that major.
|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 421 (formerly BIOL 326) (lab) - Offered in Fall
|English (1 year)||Any course in English (ENG), Rhetoric (RHET), Writing (WRIT), Creative Writing (CW) or Comparative Literature (COLI) departments.|
|Calculus (1 semester)||MATH 224 & 225 (formerly MATH 221)
Occasionally, optometry schools require two semesters of calculus (MATH 224 & 225 and MATH 226 & 227). Students should verify admission requirements with each optometry school before applying.
|Psychology (1 semester)||PSYC 111|
|Statistics (1 semester)||MATH 147 or MATH 148 (No longer offered starting Fall '22) or PSYC 243 or BME 340 (only available to students in the Biomedical Engineering Program)|
1. Students who entered BU prior to Fall '18 completed the Introductory Biology requirement with both BIOL 117 & 118. Students who entered prior to Fall '18 and completed both BIOL 117 and 118 do not need to take BIOL 115.
2. BIOL 115 or its FRI equivalent: https://www.binghamton.edu/first-year-research-immersion/how-it-works/course-sequence.html
3. Starting Fall 2022, MATH 148 is no longer an option, MATH 147 or PSYC 243 will still fulfill the requirements. See major department for more information.
4. Several optometry schools are now requiring biochemistry (BIOL 304 or BCHM 403) for admission.