Prerequisite Courses for Optometry School

There is no set list of courses that are required by all optometry schools, as each school has its own specific list of prerequisites.  However, there is a core of courses that are required by most programs as well as some commonly recommended coursework.  For a complete list of requirements for each optometry program refer to the Association of Schools and College of Optometry’s admissions requirements document.  It is important that you consider the schools to which you want to apply and be sure you take all of their required courses.

Core Prerequisite Courses (required by most programs)

  • Two semesters of General Biology with labs: BIO 110 and BIO 111
  • Two semesters of General Chemistry with labs: CHEM 111 and CHEM 112
  • One or two semesters of Organic Chemistry with labs: CHEM 331 and CHEM 332
  • One semester of Biochemistry: CHEM 381
  • Two semesters of General Physics with labs: PHYS 220 and PHYS 221 or PHYS 240 and 241
  • One semester of Calculus: MAT 131
  • One semester of Statistics: STAT 150
  • One semester of Microbiology: BIO 351
  • One semester of Psychology: PSY 120
  • Two semesters of English: ENG 122 and SCI 291 or similar writing courses

Strongly Recommended Courses (required by quite a few programs)

  • One semester of Human Anatomy:  BIO 245 or BIO 341
  • One semester of Human Physiology: BIO 246 or BIO 350
  • One semester of Genetics: BIO 220

Colorado Optometry Programs

There are no colleges or schools of optometry located in Colorado; however, students who are residents of Colorado may apply to a number of schools through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) program.  For more information about WICHE and the participating schools for Colorado residents go to