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.
Intro Biology I/II/Labs
General Chemistry I/II/Labs
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
BIO 264/265 or 416/417
College Writing I
Intro to Psychology
Humanities & Social Sciences
2-3 classes in each area
· 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.