Pre-Professional Health Programs

Pre-Optometry Academic Coursework

Since Ohio State University hosts the only Optometry program in the state of Ohio, the pre-requisite courses are listed below. Students are strongly encouraged to work with their pre-professional advisor and academic advisor to create a timeline for prerequisite courses and for graduation. 

Course Number

Course Title

BIO 200/201/202/203

Intro Biology I/II/Labs

CHM 261/266/262/267

General Chemistry I/II/Labs

CHM 331/336/332/337

Organic Chemistry I/II/Labs

BIO 306/307 or  CHM 402 AND 403

Biochemistry I/II (*OSU states that if Biochemistry is offered in a two semester sequence, both semesters are required.)

PHY 221/222 or 231/232

College Physics I/II or Physics—Biomedical Applications I/II

HSC 422/450

Clinical Physiology

BIO 264/265 or 416/417


MTH 181

Calculus I

ENG 101

College Writing I

PSY 101

Intro to Psychology

Humanities & Social Sciences

2-3 classes in each area

Special Notes:

· A grade of C- or better must be earned in all prerequisite courses.

· OSU requires a minimum of 10 hours shadowing experience.

Additional Course Recommendations: Please review other school requirements as the average applicant applies to 5 programs.

The above list is not comprehensive. Each school may have slightly different requirements and it is the responsibility of the student to take prerequisite courses according to the schools they plan to apply to.