Optometry Required Coursework

Below is common required coursework for applying to optometry school and the appropriate UW Bothell courses that fulfill the requirement. Admissions requirements vary at all optometry schools and are subject to change without notice.  It is very important for all optometry school applicants to carefully research the requirements for admission at all prospective optometry schools early enough to address any deficiencies in preparation for admission to the schools of your choice.

  • 1 year General Chemistry with labs
  • 1 year General Biology with labs
  • 1 year General Physics with labs
  • Calculus - 1 to 2 quarters
  • Anatomy and Phsyiology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Statistics
  • Psychology

School specific requirements: www.optomcas.org/information-about-schools-colleges/school-college-prerequisites

UW Bothell Courses

Flowchart of UWB Science Courses

General Chemistry, with labs

  • B CHEM 143 (4), 144 (2) General Chemistry
  • B CHEM 153 (4), 154 (2) General Chemistry
  • B CHEM 163 (4), 164 (2) General Chemistry

Organic Chemistry, with labs

  • B CHEM 237 (4) no lab
  • B CHEM 238 (4) 241 (3)
  • B CHEM 239 (4) 242 (3)

Biochemistry

  • B BIO/B CHEM 364 Biochemistry I
  • B BIO/B CHEM 365 Biochemistry II

General Biology, with labs

  • B BIO 180 Introductory Biology (5)
  • B BIO 200 Introductory Biology (5)
  • B BIO 220 Introductory Biology (5)

Physics (non-calculus based), with labs

  • B PHYS 114 (4), 117 (1) General Physics
  • B PHYS 115 (4), 118 (1) General Physics
  • B PHYS 116 (4), 119 (1) General Physics

Calculus

  • ST MATH 124 Calculus I (5)
  • ST MATH 125 Calculus II (5)

Anatomy and Physiology

  • BBIO 241 and 242 (Human)  OR
  • BBIO 351 and 352

Microbiology

  • BBIO 260 OR
  • BBIO 370

Psychology

  • BIS 170 Introduction to Psychology

Sociology

  • BIS 181 Introduction to Sociology

 

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