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 2018-19 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)||CHEM 107 & CHEM 108
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 421 (formerly BIOL 326) (lab) - Offered in Fall
BIOL 319 (lecture) & BIOL 329 (lab) - Offered in Spring
BIOL 314 (lecture) - Offered in Fall & BIOL 329 (lab) - Offered in Spring
|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 or PSYC 243|
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/freshman-research-immersion/streams/course-sequence.html#BIOL115.