Optometry

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 2014-15 Freshman Sophomore Pre-Health Handbook (pdf).

Medical School Curriculum Requirements
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 & 326 (lab)
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.

Last Updated: 12/8/14