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Pre-Optometry

About the Profession

Doctors of Optometry are the primary medical professionals that examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases of the eye and vision.

Preparation Starts Now

From the time you begin college, you are assembling a complete dossier with which to apply to professional schools.  Applicants are expected to have:

  • Completed a bachelor's degree in any major, though many of SUNY Geneseo optometry school applicants complete a major in Biology, Chemistry, Anthropology, or Psychology
  • Completed optometry school course requirements
  • Achieve excellent grades; overall and science GPAs should, at a minimum, be at a 3.5
  • Earn a good score on the OAT; ideally scores should minimally be a 320
  • PreMed Committee Letter; Letters of Recommendation in Interfolio are required for the PreMed Committee Letter (two science faculty, one non-science faculty, and one clinical)
  • Involve yourself in sincere, sustained health-related shadowing, volunteer, and research experience
Course Requirements

Start planning as a first year student to meet the following course requirements for optometry schools.  Below are the courses at SUNY Geneseo that are recommended you complete based on the requirements for SUNY Optometry:

Course Requirements

SUNY Geneseo

Notes

One year of Biology BIOL 117, 119, and 116 (lab)

Pay attention to course offering schedule (i.e. Fall/Spring)

One lecture with the lab can count as an N/ General Education requirement

One year of General Chemistry CHEM 116, 118, and 119 (lab)

Pay attention to course offering schedule (i.e. Fall/Spring)

One lecture with the lab can count as an N/ General Education requirement

One year of Organic Chemistry CHEM 211, 213, and 216 (lab) Pay attention to course offering schedule (i.e. Fall/Spring)
One year of Physics

General Physics:

PHYS 113, 114 (lab), 115, and 116 (lab)

 

Analytical Physics:

PHYS 123, 124 (lab), 125, and 126 (lab)

Pay attention to course offering schedule (i.e. Fall/Spring)

One lecture with the lab can count as an N/ General Education requirement

One year of English INTD 105 and one ENGL course INTD 105 is the Basic Communication General Education requirement
One semester of Statistics MATH 262 This could count toward the R/ General Education course requirement
One semester Calculus MATH 221

This could count toward the R/ General Education course requirement

One semester of Psychology PSYC 100  
One year of Social Science

 

Typically requirement is met by the two S/ General Education course requirements

It is recommended that course requirements are completed at SUNY Geneseo, but there are instances where a student would need to complete one or two courses elsewhere.  If that is the case, it is suggested that coursework be completed at a four-year higher education institution.  All course requirements must be taken for a grade and demonstrate mastery, no lower than a C, for most professional schools.

For further information about optometry schools, visit the Association of Colleges and Schools of Optometry (ASCO).