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BHSU Pre-Optometry Program

About

Entering a career as an optometrist is a difficult, but rewarding task. Your first step is to earn a bachelor’s degree from BHSU. We have created a recommended program of study that will make your journey to becoming aa optometrist a reality.

Students should earn a bachelor’s degree before applying to optometry professional school. Optometry school requires that you have successfully completed courses in English, mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology prior to admissions. Once you have completed your education, all applicants are required to take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) to measure your academic ability and scientific comprehension.


Requirements

Courses available as part of your bachelor’s degree that will prepare you for your career goals.

  • BIOL 151 -- General Biology I & 151L Lab - 4
  • BIOL 153 -- General Biology II & 153L Lab - 4
  • BIOL 325 -- Physiology & 325L Lab - 4
  • BIOL 331 -- Microbiology & 331L Lab - 4
  • BIOL 381 -- Vertebrate Anatomy & 381L Lab - 3
  • CHEM 112 -- General Chemistry I & 112L Lab - 4
  • CHEM 114 -- General Chemistry II & 114L Lab - 4
  • CHEM 326 -- Organic Chemistry I & 326L Lab - 4
  • CHEM 464 -- Biochemistry I & 464L Lab - 4
  • ENGL 101 -- Composition I - 3
  • ENGL 201 -- Composition II - 3
  • MATH 121 -- Survey of Calculus - 4
  • MATH 281 -- Introduction to Statistics - 3
  • PHYS 111 -- Introduction to Physics I & 111L Lab - 4
  • PHYS 113 -- Introduction to Physics II & 113L Lab - 4
  • PSYC 101 -- General Psychology - 3
  • PSYC 451 -- Psychology of Abnormal Behavior - 3
  • SPCM 101 -- Fundamentals of Speech - 3
  • OAT Exam

Past Students

BHSU Students who went on to Professional Optometry Programs:

Dawn (Stewart) Wattenhofer ( Pacific Univ. Coll. Opt.)
Annelle Brooks ('99, Pacific Univ. Coll. Opt.)
Joe Maycock ('99, Southern California Coll. Opt.)
Tony Patterson ('99, Southern Coll. Opt.)
Reeve Evers ('03, Illinois Coll. Opt.)
Travis Whitt ('04, Illinois Coll. Opt.)
Niki Henricksen (’06, Illinois Coll. Opt.)
Max Jepson (’06, Illinois Coll. Opt.)
David Czerny (’07, Michigan Coll. Opt.)
Jessica Partridge (’07, Michigan Coll. Opt.)
Renae Welke (’07, Pennsylvania Coll. Opt.)
Jess Moser (’10, Illinois Coll. Opt.)
Sarah Johnson (’11, Pacific Univ. Coll. Opt.)

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