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Requirements and Sample Schedules

After completing our pre-optometry program you will hold a bachelor's degree. Because most of our students plan to apply to the Indiana University School of Optometry, we have based our curriculum on IU's admission requirements.  To review complete course information, see the undergraduate catalog.

Other schools requirements may be different than IU's. For a list of other schools of optometry and their requirements, visit the Pre-Health Profession Office, located in Cooper Science Building, Room CL 232, or the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.

Required Course         Min. Credit Hours
 
Biology/Zoology
BIO 111 - Principles of Biology 1 4
ANAT 201 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy, 
ZOOL 330 - Structure and Development of Vertebrates,
BIO 214 - Genetics, or PHYSL 215 Human Physiology
3-5
BIO 313 - Microbiology   4
BIO 448 Biometry
Chemistry
CHEM 111 - General Chemistry 1 and 
CHEM 112 - General Chemistry 2
8
CHEM 231 - Organic Chemistry 1   4
Mathematics
MATHS 165 Calculus 1 or   4-6
MATHS 161 and 162 Applied Calculus
Physics
PHYCS 110 - General Physics 1 4
PHYCS 112 - General Physics 2   4
PSYSC 241 Statistics 3
3
Psychology
PSYSC 100 General Psychology and 
One additional 300-400 level psychology class  
6
 
Writing Component
ENG 103 English Composition 1  
ENG 104 English Composition 2  
6

Students entering the Indiana University School of Optometry without a bachelor's degree must have the following courses in addition to the above:
Arts and Humanities  (6)
Foreign Language**  (6)
Social Behavioral Sciences (6)
Additional credits as needed
Total: 90
Of the 90 hours, at least 20 must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Other recommended courses
CHEM 360 Essentials of Biochemistry (4)
ANAT 425 Human Embryology and Histology (4)
BIO 498 Undergraduate Research (1-3)
ECON 116 Survey of Economic Ideas (3), or
BUSAD 101 Introduction to Business (3), or
MGT 200 or 300 Management Principles (3)

**May be exempt if two or more years of a single foreign language were completed in high school with an average grade of C or above.)

Department of Biology
Ball State University
Cooper Life Science Building, CL 121
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-8820
Fax: 765-285-8804