• Overview
  • First steps toward a career in optometry.

    The pre-optometry focus is an advising program to help students select courses and become well prepared for application to optometry school.

    The steps toward your career as an optometrist begin by taking the required pre-optometry courses, completing your undergraduate degree, and gaining clinical experience. Course work will include chemistry, physics, and biology and possibly additional courses such as organic chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, statistics, microbiology and psychology. Common pre-optometry majors include biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and microbiology. You will also need to seek out volunteer opportunities to shadow optometrists and to observe in clinical settings.

    Completing these steps are prerequisites for applying to optometry school for four additional years of specialized training.

  • Degree Fit
  • This program is a good fit if you:
    • Enjoy math and science
    • Are a good problem solver
    • Like to work with people and to help others
    • Are interested in caring for people’s eye health
  • Career Outcomes
  • This program prepares you to become an:
    • Optometrist (OD)