Learn more about the pre-professional programs at Black Hills State University.

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 an 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.



Program Requirements

90 credit hours with the following:

  • OAT Exam
  • BIOL 151 - General Biology I 3 semester hours
  • BIOL 151L - General Biology I Lab 1 semester hours
  • BIOL 153 - General Biology II 3 semester hours
  • BIOL 153L - General Biology II Lab 1 semester hours
  • BIOL 325 - Physiology 3 semester hours
  • BIOL 325L - Physiology Lab 1 semester hours
  • BIOL 331 - Microbiology 3 semester hours
  • BIOL 331L - Microbiology Lab 1 semester hours
  • BIOL 381 - Vertebrate Anatomy 3 semester hours
  • BIOL 381L - Vertebrate Anatomy Laboratory 1 semester hours
  • CHEM 112 - General Chemistry I 3 semester hours
  • CHEM 112L - General Chemistry I Lab 1 semester hours
  • CHEM 114 - General Chemistry II 3 semester hours
  • CHEM 114L - General Chemistry II Lab 1 semester hours
  • CHEM 326 - Organic Chemistry I 3 semester hours
  • CHEM 326L - Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 semester hours
  • CHEM 464 - Biochemistry I 3 semester hours
  • CHEM 464L - Biochemistry I Lab 1 semester hours
  • ENGL 101 - Composition I 3 semester hours
  • ENGL 201 - Composition II 3 semester hours
  • MATH 121 - Survey of Calculus 4 semester hours
  • MATH 281 - Introduction to Statistics 3 semester hours
  • PHYS 111 - Introduction to Physics I 3 semester hours
  • PHYS 111L - Introduction to Physics I Laboratory 1 semester hours
  • PHYS 113 - Introduction to Physics II 3 semester hours
  • PHYS 113L - Introduction to Physics II Laboratory 1 semester hours
  • PSYC 101 - General Psychology 3 semester hours
  • PSYC 451 - Psychology of Abnormal Behavior 3 semester hours
  • SPCM 101 - Fundamentals of Speech 3 semester hours

*Current students, please refer to the DegreeWorks Dashboard in MyBHSU to confirm your major requirements.

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