The Pre-Optometry Pathway, taken in conjunction with a major area of study at Carroll College, will prepare students to enter careers that specialize in comprehensive primary eye care. Students will take courses from a variety of subjects that will encourage them to become critical thinkers, compassionate healthcare professionals, and advocates for healthy living.

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About the Program

Admission requirements for optometry programs vary from program to program and students should check individual graduate schools for specific information about their program pre-requisites.

Students must review these pre-requisites to ensure they are taking the necessary courses that can be completed as part of their academic program at Carroll.

Pre-Optometry at Carroll College

Admission requirements for doctor of optometry programs vary from program to program and students should check individual web sites for specific information. General requirements include calculus, statistics, organic chemistry, anatomy, physiology, microbiology and psychology. 

Carroll students often major in either biology or chemistry since many of the course requirements coincide with these majors; however, a science degree is not required.


  • Indiana University
  • Pacific University
  • Southern California College of Optometry


The following sample of required undergraduate courses comes from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry and is only meant to be used as a guide. 

You'll need to check specific schools for their requirements.

Freshman Year (Total Hours: 30)

  • General Chemistry with labs
  • College Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • English
  • General Biology with labs
Sophomore Year (Total Hours: 30)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Microbiology or Bacteriology with lab
  • Calculus
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
Junior Year (Total Hours: 30)
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Anatomy
  • History
  • Speech
  • Social Science
  • Other humanities

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