Optometrists are doctors that provide primary vision care by examining our eyes for visual acuity, diagnosing eye-related diseases and disorders, and prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses to patients.

The Ball State pre-optometry program is a non-degree program that prepares you to pursue a doctor of optometry degree by meeting admission requirements for four-year optometry school accredited by the American Optometric Association.


Because many of our students decide to apply to the Indiana University School of Optometry, we designed our program around IU's admission requirements. However, our departmental advisors can you help explore other schools and meet their specific admissions requirements.

The courses you will take to complete the pre-optometry program are:

  • BIO 111 – Principles of Biology 1
  • BIO 214 – Genetics or Physl 215 – Human Physiology
  • BIO 313 – Microbiology
  • BIO 448 – Biometry
  • ANAT 201 – Fundamentals of Human Anatomy
  • ZOOL 330 – Structure and Development of Vertebrates
  • CHEM 111 – General Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 112 – General Chemistry 2
  • CHEM 231 and 241 – Organic Chemistry with lab
  • MATH 161 – Applied Calculus or Math 165 – Calculus 1
  • PHYCS 110 – General Physics 1
  • PHYCS 112 – General Physics 2
  • PSYSC 100 – General Psychology
  • PSYSC 241 – Statistics
  • One additional 300- OR 400-level psychology course
  • ENG 103 – English Composition 1
  • ENG 104 – English Composition 2

Other recommended elective courses are:

  • CHEM 360 – Essentials of Biochemistry
  • ANAT 425 – Human Embryology and Histology
  • BIO 498 – Undergraduate Research
  • ECON 116 – Survey of Economic Ideas or BUSAD 101 – Introduction to Business or MGT 200/300 – Management Principles

Students entering the Indiana University School of Optometry without a bachelor’s degree must have the following courses in addition to the above:

  • six credits from arts and humanities
  • six credits in a foreign language (may be exempt if two or more years was completed in high school with an average grade of C or above)
  • six credits in social and behavioral sciences

For a complete list of all the classes you will take as part of this program and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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