2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Preoptometry Program

Degree Requirements

Students entering the Indiana University School of Optometry with a bachelor’s degree must have the following courses:

ANAT 201Fundamentals of Human Anatomy

3

BIO 111Principles of Biology 1

4

BIO 214Genetics

4

or

PHYS 215Human Physiology

5

CHEM 111General Chemistry 1

4

CHEM 112General Chemistry 2

4

CHEM 230Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences

3

CHEM 241Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1: Fundamental Techniques

1

CHEM 360Essentials of Biochemistry

3

CHEM 361Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory

1

 

ENG 104Composing Research

3

and

BIO 315Methods in Cell Biology

2

or

BIO 316Methods in Ecology

2

or

English elective

3

 

MATH 165Calculus 1

4

or

MATH 166Calculus 2

4

PHYC 110General Physics 1

4

PHYC 112General Physics 2

4

PSYS 100Introduction to Psychological Science

3

PSYS 241Statistics

3

or

MATH 221Probability and Statistics

3

or

BIO 448Biometry

3

ZOOL 330Structure and Development of Vertebrates

5

Students entering the Indiana University School of Optometry without a bachelor's degree must have the following courses in addition to the above:

Arts and Humanities 6 credits 
 Foreign Language
(May be exempt if 2 or more years of a single foreign language were completed in high school with an average grade of C or above)
6 credits
 Social & Behavioral Sciences 6 credits

Students must have earned a minimum of 108 credit hours.  Median GPA for admission is 3.6.  OAT mean scores average 325 in most areas.
              
Other strongly recommended courses include Cell Biology (BIO 215 and BIO 315), Human Embryology and Histology (ANAT 425), Research (BIO 498 or CHEM 470), Business (ECON 116, BUSAD 101 or MGT 200 or 300), Medical Terminology (NURS 101), Philosophy 100, and Ethics (Philosophy 202).

Application to IU School of Optometry is made through OptomCAS and Indiana University’s Graduate e-APP system.  You must also complete the “Optometry Departmental Questions” form which consists of a pre-requisites worksheet and a short essay section.  Applications are due by February 1.  Supplementary materials like letters of recommendation are due by February 28.  Applicants must take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) and provide the official score report by February 1. The OAT is offered year round on computer but you must wait 90 days after an administration to be able to take the test again.  It is recommended that you take the exam in late spring or early summer following your Junior year to allow time for a re-take if needed.  For details on the application process access the following five web sites: https://optometry.iu.edu/admissions/apply/doctor-of-optometry/index.html (general information), www.optomcas.org (application), www.opted.org (OAT), https://graduate.indiana.edu/admissions/apply.html (Graduate e-APP system), and https://www.indiana.edu/~grdforms/deptforms/optb.html (IU Optometry application).