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)
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.