Pre-Optometry

The Department of Biological Sciences offers outstanding preparation for a career in optometry.  The suggested curriculum below fulfills the admission criteria for the Southern College of Optometry (Memphis), the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Indiana University School of Optometry.  Always check current requirements and recommendations on the web page of the school(s) to which you plan to apply.

 

To be a competitive optometry school applicant, students should adhere closely to the suggested Pre-Optometry curriculum and earn an overall GPA of at least 3.3.  A strong performance on the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is crucial.  The average OAT scores for students accepted into optometry school range from 320 to 360 on a scale that ranges from 200 to 400. An OAT score above 370 (95th percentile) will virtually guarantee acceptance to the best optometry schools if the student’s application is competitive in other areas (i.e., recommendation letters, shadowing, GPA, community service).

 

Suggested Curriculum Outline, BS in Pre-Optometry


  For First Time Freshmen (Scroll Down for Transfer Students)

Fall Year 1 Hrs. Spring Year 1 Hrs.
BIO 100T Transitions BIO 216 Biological Inquiry & Analysis
BIO 115 The Cellular Basis of Life CHE 202 General Chem & Quantitative Analysis 5
CHE 201 General College Chemistry BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form and Function 4
ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing & Inquiry MAT 250 Calculus & Analytical Geometry
5
XXX XXX Global Awareness Elective
3    
Total 16 Total 18
       
Fall Year 2   Spring Year 2  
BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form & Function 4 COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
CHE 312 Organic Chemistry I & Lab 5 BIO 300 Microbiology 4
STA 135 Intro to Probability & Statistics 4 CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II  3
CIV 201/202 World Civilization I or II  3 PHY 130/131 General Physics I & Lab 4
Total 16 Total 14
       
Fall Year 3   Spring Year 3  
BIO 321 Cell Biology: Mechanisms or   BIO 323 Cell Biology: Systems or  
BIO 333 Genetics 3-4 BIO 333 Genetics 3-4
BIO 322 Animal Physiology 4 HUM 211 The Western Humanities Tradition 3
PHY 132/133 General Physics I & Lab 4 PSY 180 General Psychology 3
CHE 530 Fundamentals of Biochemistry I 3 CHE 540 Fundamentals of Biochemistry II 3
Total 14-15  Total  12-13
       
Fall Year 4   Spring Year 4  
ENG 204 Advanced Expository Writing 3 BIO 499 Senior Seminar 1
BIO XXX Upper Level Biology Elective 4 BIO 421 Vertebrate Histology 4
BIO XXX Upper Level Biology Elective 4 BIO XXX Upper Level Biology Elective  4
XXX XXX Ethics Elective  3 XXX XXX Unrestricted Elective  3
    XXX XXX Unrestricted Elective  3
Total 14 Total 15

 

 For Transfer Students with an Associate's of Science degree

Note, this pathway follows the pre-Biology Curriculum from WKCTC. It assumes that students have taken courses that will transfer as MSU's BIO 115, BIO 216, CHE 201, CHE 202, MAT 150 and PHY 130/131. See MSU Transfer Equivalency Tool to help you figure out how courses transfer from your current institution.

Fall Year 1 Post AS Hrs. Spring Year 1 Post AS Hrs.
BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form & Function
ENG 204 Advanced Expository Writing
3
BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form & Function 4
CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II
3
CHE 312 Organic Chemistry I & Lab
MAT 250 Calculus & Analytical Geometry
5
PSY 300 Principles of Statistical Analysis 3
PSY 180 General Psychology
 3
    XXX XXX Upper Level Electives 3
Total 16 Total 17
       
Fall Year 2 Post AS   Spring Year 2 Post AS  
BIO 333 Genetics 4 BIO 300 Microbiology 4
BIO 322 Animal Physiology 4 BIO XXX Biology Elective (300+ level) 4
CHE 530 Fundamentals of Biochemistry I 3 BIO XXX Biology Elective (300+ level) 4
PHY 130/131 General Physics & Lab 4 BIO 421 Vertebrate Histology 4
    BIO 499 Senior Seminar 1
Total 15 Total 17

For More Information Please Contact:

Department of Biological Science
Murray State University
2112 Biology Building
Murray, KY 42071-3346
Telephone: (270) 809-2786
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