Pre-Optometry Curriculum

Pre-optometry students must secure a minimum of 90 credit hours of college credit before making application to a College of Optometry, although preference is usually given to students who have received a bachelor’s degree.  Undergraduate preparation for the study of optometry requires a strong foundation in science, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences.  Students are strongly encouraged to choose a major of interest and follow the requirements for that major while completing the necessary pre-optometry courses.

Optometry schools are not available in Nebraska, but pre-requisite courses can be completed in Nebraska.  Some out-of-state optometry programs include: University of Houston College of Optometry; Indiana University School of Optometry; University of Missouri-St Louis College of Optometry; Northeastern State University College of Optometry; Pacific University College of Optometry; Pennsylvanis College of Optometry; and Southern College of Optometry.   Students are highly encouraged to consult with interested schools regarding specific admission requirements.  Requirements do vary between institutions.

The OAT (Optometry Admissions Test) is required for application to a College of Optometry.

Advisor: Dr. James Fawcett in the Biology Department (402) 554-2641.

          No grade below C will be accepted.

Biological Sciences                                                                                  (10 credit hours minimum)

BIOL 1450                                  Biology I                                                            5 credits

BIOL 1750                                  Biology II                                                           5 credits

Chemistry                                                                                                (16 credit hours minimum)

CHEM 1180* & 1184                  General Chemistry I & Lab                     4 credits

CHEM 1190 & 1194                    General Chemistry II & Lab                               4 credits

CHEM 2250                               Organic Chemistry I                                           3 credits

CHEM 2260 & 2274                    Organic Chemistry II & Lab                               5 credits

*Requires Math 1310 or placement beyond, plus CHEM 1140 & 1144 or placement beyond as pre-requisites

Physics                                                                                                    (10 credit hours minimum)

PHYS 1110 & 1154                       General Physics I & Lab                                        5 credits

PHYS 1120 & 1164                       General Physics II & Lab                                       5 credits


PHYS 2110 & 1154                       General Physics I – Calculus Level & Lab                  5 credits

PHYS 2120 & 1164                       General Physics II – Calculus Level & Lab                 5 credits

Mathematics                                                                                             (5 credit hours minimum)

MATH 1950                                 Calculus I                                                          5 credits

English Composition                                                                                 (3 credit hours minimum)

ENGL 1150                                 English Composition I                                           3 credits

ENGL 1160 or 1164                      English Composition II                                          3 credits

(Advanced writing composition courses can be substituted, if proficiency is established by examination.)

Statistics                                                                                                   (3 credit hours minimum)

Choose one:

PSYC 3130                                 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences                       3 credits

SOC 2130                                   Basic Statistics                                                     3 credit

STAT 3000                                 Statistical Methods I                                             3 credits

Psychology                                                                                                (3 credit hours minimum)

PSYC 1010                                 Introduction to Psychology                                                3 credits

General Education                                                                                    (6 credit hours minimum)

Students will likely take  several humanities and social sciences as part of their undergraduate degree requirements.  Some suggested areas to choose from are: art, history, philosophy, sociology, psychology, English literature, foreign languages, religious studies, and gerontology.