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)

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

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 Murray State's BIO 115, BIO 216, CHE 201, CHE 202, MAT 150 and PHY 130/131. See Murray State Transfer Equivalency Tool to help you figure out how courses transfer from your current institution.

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

For More Information Please Contact:

Dr. Sterling Wright
Department of Biological Sciences
2112 Biology Building
Murray, KY  42071
swright@murraystate.edu
270.809.2786

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