Courses in the Major

All students in the PreOptometry Professional Program must declare a primary major. Students consult with their primary major advisor and a prehealth professions advisor to ensure timely completion of both major and prehealth professions concentration coursework as of the date of their matriculation.

Students must consult SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog descriptions of courses regarding course prerequisites and time of year when offered in order to plan properly in advance.

Prerequisite courses in the preoptometry concentration with suggested year

BIOL 180-181
CHEM 111-112
MATH 173-174
COMP 100

BIOL 201
*CHEM 221-322
PSYC 100
STAT 101

PHYS 103-104 (algebra-based) or
PHYS 203-204 (calculus-based)
BIOL 362
Literature Course

*Many optometry schools including New England require only a one semester organic chemistry course with laboratory (CHEM 226 – Elementary Organic Chemistry). 3+4 program with SUNY Optometry and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry will accept a combination of one semester of organic chemistry (CHEM 226) and a semester of biochemistry (CHEM 330 – Introductory Biochemistry) as an alternative to the full year of organic chemistry.

Requirements for Optometry School

The courses required for admission to the twenty-one optometry schools in the United States vary slightly from school to school. Completion of the courses listed above will satisfy the admission requirements at the three optometry schools in the northeastern states: SUNY-Optometry, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, and New England College of Optometry. Completion of these courses will also satisfy the course admission requirements at the majority, but not all of the remaining optometry schools.

Optometry Admission Test FAQs

Centralized application for Optometry


  1. Students can apply to any Optometry program in which they meet the minimum requirements. The coursework listed above is designed to satisfy SUNY Oneonta's PreOptometry concentrations and requirements for admission at most Optometry graduate schools, but not necessarily all schools. Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools in which they intend to apply.

  2. It is essential that students in the PreHealth Professional program confer regularly with advisors for these concentrations, beginning at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta, with questions directed to Ms. Tami LaPilusa, Coordinator of the PreHealth Professions Program SUNY Oneonta.

last update 11:00am 28 September 2015