The pre-optometry program at Centre offers classes that you need to get into optometry school. In addition, many of our pre-optometry students do internships with local optometrists.


Doctors of Optometry (O.D.s) complete a challenging four-year degree program at a school or college of optometry. Most accepted students have previously completed an undergraduate degree.

Most pre-optometry students major in the sciences, but this is not required. If you have an interest in helping people, and enjoy math and science, consider optometry as a career.

For a list of general and school-specific prerequisites, view the Optometry School PDF.

Pre-optometry students should consult with faculty advisor Professor Marie Nydam and can reach her by email here.

What Courses Should I Take?

Students interested in pursuing a degree in optometry after Centre should expect to take courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and other disciplines.

Suggested Courses for Pre-Optometry Students

  • Evolution, Biodiversity, Ecology (BIO 110)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 226)
  • Microbiology (BIO 340)
  • Histology (BIO 345)
  • Immunology (BIO 355)
  • Introduction to Biochemistry and Cell Biology (BMB 210)
  • Molecular Genetics (BMB 330)
  • General Chemistry I (CHE 131)
  • Organic Chemistry I (CHE 241)
  • Topics in Writing (ENG 170)
  • Introduction to Statistics (MAT 130)
  • Calculus I (MAT 170)
  • General Physics I (PHY 210)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 110)