Purdue University Calumet | College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science

Preparation for Optometry Schools

Course Discipline Required or recommended Clarification Recommended PUC course(s) Alternate PUC   Course(s)
General Biology One year (8-semester hours) required A sequence of courses representing a full academic year curriculum, with associated lab(s). BIOL 10100/10200  
General Chemistry One year (8-semester hours) required A sequence of courses representing a full academic year curriculum, with associated lab(s). CHM 11500/11600  
Organic Chemistry One year (8-semester hours) required A sequence of courses representing a full academic year curriculum, with associated lab(s). CHM 25500/25501 and CHM 25600/25601 CHM 26505/26300 and CHM 26605/26400
Physics One year (8-semester hours) required A sequence of courses representing a full academic year curriculum, with associated lab(s). PHYS 22000/22100 PHYS 15200/25100
Math Varies; Math through calculus may be required Some schools may require one year (6 semester hrs) college math. Some additionally require statistics. Consult ASCO Admission requirements for specific school requirements. MA 22300/22400 MA 16300/16400
Microbiology One semester (3-4 semester hours) may be required Most schools prefer sophomore level or higher with lab. BIOL 31600 BIOL 22100
Anatomy* One semester (3-4 semester hours) generally required Most schools prefer sophomore level or higher with lab. BIOL 21300/21400  
Physiology* One semester (3 hrs) recommended Most schools prefer sophomore level or higher with lab. BIOL 21300/21400  
English One year (6-semester hours) required (most) Specifics may vary, but one year is generally required, sometimes including distribution of writing and literature courses. ENGL 10400/10500 ENGL 10800
Humanities and Soc. Sci Select courses of interest that will demonstrate a well-rounded education Some schools recommend a course in Sociology, Psychology, Communication (oral) and/or Economics. Consult individual schools for specific prereqs. PSY 12000 and SOC 10000  Please see advisor for more options
    *One-year Anatomy and Physiology sequence with lab may meet these requirements or are listed as required at many schools (sophomore level or higher; general Bio or Chem for science   majors preferred).    
         
    ALWAYS CONSULT THE ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES OF OPTOMETRY (ASCO) FOR SCHOOL-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS