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.

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

What Courses Should I Take?

Suggested Courses for Pre-Optometry Students

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