2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Oct 27, 2020  
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

(Pre-) Optometry

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Greg Heiberger, Coordinator and Advisor
College of General Studies
Wecota Hall 218


Bruce Bleakley, Advisor
Department of Biology and Microbiology
Northern Plains Biostress Laboratory 251C

Area of Study

There are 17 American Optometric Association accredited member schools and colleges of optometry listed by ASCO (Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry). Students graduating from SDSU with above average grades and competitive Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) scores have been successful in the admissions process. The average GPA for successful applicants is often 3.0 to 3.5 for colleges of optometry. Students usually have completed three years of college work. The majority of students entering professional schools of optometry have completed work for the bachelor’s degree. Students are encouraged to complete a bachelor’s degree.

The prospective optometric student should begin as early as possible to acquire an education in the fundamental sciences with the proper selection of pre-professional courses. Required courses include physics, mathematics, English, biological science, anatomy, chemistry and psychology. A program incorporating these courses should be selected to meet the requirements of professional schools of optometry and provide a good background for the Optometry Admissions Test. Certain optometry colleges may also require additional specific classes. For additional information and specific requirements of each college of optometry, please refer to the website for ASCO (Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry), http:www.opted.org.

It is strongly recommended that pre-optometry students contact the pre-optometry adviser as soon as possible after declaring an interest in optometry.

Suggested Pre-Professional Coursework - See your Pre-Optometry Adviser for a complete listing.

Freshman Year:

Sophomore Year:

Junior Year:

Senior Year

Complete Major Requirements

Other courses required by many Optometry programs include:

Curriculum Notes:

* The 30 credit Board of Regents System General Education Requirements (SGRs) must be completed as part of a student’s first 64 credits.

** South Dakota State University has an 8-9 credit Institutional Graduation Requirement (IGRs).

(G) Globalization Requirement.

(AW) Advanced Writing Requirement.

Students must take the proficiency examination after completing 48 credits. English 101, and a course in each of the General Education areas of social science, mathematics, natural science, and humanities and arts must be taken prior to taking this exam.

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