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Pre-optometry

Common majors: biology, physics

There’s more than meets the eye. Optometrists improve visual and overall eye health—but because the eye can be a lens to what’s happening in the brain and throughout the body, optometrists can also be on the front lines of diagnosing larger issues. The pre-optometry track prepares you for entry into a two-year accelerated Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) program. Invasive procedures, like corneal transplants or LASIK, require an M.D. in ophthalmology.  

Graduate-level experiences for undergrads

microscope and brain

Study and research in the on-campus donor (cadaver) lab, a rare opportunity for undergraduates.

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Pursue an internship at the on-campus Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness.

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Gain real clinical experiences through Gordon’s internship program at Duke University and the Gordon Medical Observership program.

REQUIRED COURSES FOR TRACK 4: PRE-OPTOMETRY

BIO105 - Cell Structure and Function Credits: 2 
BIO106 - Genetics and Development Credits: 2
BIO107 - Organismal Form and Function Credits: 2
BIO108 - Ecology and Evolution Credits: 2
CHE 111 - Principles of Chemistry I Credits: 4
CHE 112 - Principles of Chemistry II Credits: 4
CHE 211 - Organic Chemistry I Credits: 4
CHE 212 - Organic Chemistry II Credits: 4

MAT 121 - Calculus I Credits: 4
MAT 122 - Calculus II Credits: 4
or
MAT 134 - Survey of Calculus Credits: 4

MAT 220 - Biostatistics Credits: 4
BIO 314 - Microbiology Credits: 4
PHY 121 - Introductory Physics I Credits: 4
PHY 122 - Introductory Physics II Credits: 4

RECOMMENDED: Health Professions Seminars I–IV (taken in sophomore and junior years)

NOTE: Additional requirements vary by school; it is the responsibility of students to make sure that any prerequisites are met.

Biology, BA–Human Health Advising Sheet ➔

Interested?

For more information, contact:

Sean Clark, Ph.D.
Director of Health Professions
Professor of Kinesiology
P 978 867 4844
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