Optometry Requirements

Southern College of Optometry

  • "Doctors of optometry are independent primary health care providers who specialize in the examination, diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as the diagnosis of related systemic conditions." (definition adopted by the American Optometric Association)
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree is strongly encouraged and the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is required for admission.
  • There is no particular major required to enter optometry training although a strong background in science is highly recommended.
  • Resources:
Courses  U of M Course # of hours required by Southern
College of Optometry 
General Biology BIOL 1110/1111 BIOL 1120/1121 8
Microbiology BIOL 3500/3505 4
General Chemistry CHEM 1110/1111
CHEM 1120/1121
Organic Chemistry CHEM 3310/3301 4
Biochemistry CHEM 4511* 3
General Physics PHYS 2010/2011 PHYS 2020/2021 8
Calculus Math 1830 or Math 1910 3
Statistics Math 1530, Math 4611, SOCI 3311,
SCMS 2710, EDPR 4541
English Composition ENGL 1010
ENGL 1020
General Psychology PSYC 1030 3
Social Science Electives Courses from Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, History, Economics, Anthropology, Geography, Religion,
or Philosophy
Cell Biology BIOL 3130 Recommended
Comparative Anatomy BIOL 3620 Recommended
Vertebrate Physiology BIOL 3730 Recommended


*CHEM 3511/3501 (Foundations of Bio-Organic Chemistry) is required prior to taking Biochemistry.