Offered by Health Science Programs

The requirements for admission to colleges of optometry vary. A suggested program of study is listed below, but the student should check with the college of optometry of his/her choice for its specific requirements. A minimum of three years (90 credit hours) of pre-optometric study is required. However, in most cases a baccalaureate degree1 should be completed before matriculating into a college of optometry, especially since admission to a optometry school is not guaranteed. The student is also expected to submit scores from the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT).

A suggested program of study is as follows
Select one of the following options:8
General Biology
and Human Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 211Human Microbiology4
CHEM 160
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 161
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 351
and Biochemistry Lab
CHEM 360
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 361
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
ENG 101Introduction of Academic Writing3
ENG 102Academic Writing and Research3
MATH 102College Algebra 33
MATH 103Plane Trigonometry3
MATH 115Calculus I with Analytic Geometry5
PHYS 205
General Physics I
and Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 206
General Physics II
and Physics Laboratory II
PSY 203General Psychology3
SPCH 100Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
STAT 241Elementary Statistics3
Select 3 credit hours of the following:3
Introduction to Literature: British Literature
Introduction to Literature: American Literature
Introduction to Literature: Western Civilization
Intro to Literature: Non-Western Civilization
Introduction to Literature: Special Topics
Strongly recommended
Introduction to Nutrition
Total Credit Hours73

Students should check with the specific school(s) to which they intend to apply to ensure that all requirements are fulfilled. Requirements vary among schools, especially in regard to mathematics, microbiology, and general biology. Some schools also require additional electives in the social and behavioral sciences.


Students pursuing a program of study in pre-optometry are expected to choose a major so that they can be working towards a baccalaureate degree concurrently with the pre-optometry program. This requires a major/minor combination or a comprehensive major as well as completion of the UNK general studies requirements and other degree requirements as set forth in the college catalog. (Students who are accepted into optometry school prior to completing a baccalaureate degree at UNK may be eligible to receive a BS Degree in Applied Health Sciences if they have completed all General Studies requirements and have at least 85 semester credit hours completed in pre-opt studies.)


Some colleges of optometry will accept CHEM 250 in lieu of CHEM 360 & CHEM 361.


Students with sufficient preparation may enter the mathematics program at a higher level; however some schools do require two courses in mathematics. Most schools require a course in calculus.