Recommended Pre-Optometry Course Sequence | SCO
What's Next?

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
 *English I 3  *English II  3
 *General Biology I
(w/ lab)
4  *General Biology II
(w/ lab)
 4
 *General Chemistry I
(w/ lab)
4  *General Chemistry II
(w/ lab)
 4
 Algebra/Trigonometry
(a)
3  *Calculus I  3
 *General Psychology 3  Electives  1-4
 

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
 *General Physics I
(w/ lab)
 4  *General Physics II
(w/ lab)
 4
 *Organic Chemistry
(w/ lab)
 4  +Organic Chemistry II
(w/ lab)
 4
 *Social Science I  3  *Social Science II
(b)
 3
 *Microbiology
(w/ lab) (c)
 4   *Statistics 3
 

Junior Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
 *Biochemistry
(d)
3  +Comparative Anatomy
(w/ lab)
 4
 +Physiology
(w/ lab)
4  +Cell Biology
(w/ lab)
 4
 Electives 5-11  Electives  8-11

 

Senior Year

Courses to complete your baccalaureate degree.

Notes:
* These courses are required prerequisite courses for SCO.
+ These courses are not required but are strongly recommended.
(a) These courses may be needed/helpful before enrolling in Calculus I.
(b) Completing courses in any of the following areas may satisfy the social science requirement: Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, History, Economics, Anthropology, Geography, Religion or Philosophy.
(c) Bacteriology with lab is the only course that can be used as a substitute for Microbiology.
(d) Molecular/Cell Biology is the only course that can be used as a substitute for Biochemistry. Must be at least sophomore level.

You can download a printable copy of this course sequence (Adobe PDF format).

This is a recommended course sequence that will allow students to complete the prerequisite courses required by SCO. Because each student and each school is different, we strongly suggest students work closely with an advisor at their school in completing the necessary courses required by SCO, as well as the courses required by the college or university attended. If you have any questions about this suggested sequence of pre-optometry classes, please contact the SCO Records and Admissions Office.