Pre-Ophthalmology & Pre-Optometry

Curriculum for pre-ophthalmology and pre-optometry leads to a BS degree, and is specifically designed to prepare students for admission to schools of Ophthalmology and Optometry. A student in this specialty should maintain a high GPA to become competitive for admission and should plan to take the Optometry College Admission Test at least a year in advance of entry to the professional school.


Most optometry schools recommend that an undergraduate program contain

  • one year of general biology;
  • one year of inorganic chemistry;
  • one year of organic chemistry;
  • one year of physics;
  • one year of mathematics (calculus and statistics);
  • one year of English;
  • one year of psychology;
  • one semester of microbiology;
  • one year social and behavioral science.

In addition, most schools recommend that students also have a broad educational background. Therefore, they are advised to take additional courses in biology, chemistry, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences. At Faulkner University these requirements can be met by completing 132 semester hours in the degree plan.

Pre-ophthalmology/pre-optometry degree plan


Because professional school requirements change with time students are obliged to communicate with the professional schools of their choice for current official entrance requirements.

Admission requirements for ophthalmology and optometry schools in Alabama