Pre-Health Advising - Optometry

Coursework

Optometry Required Coursework

Below is common required coursework for applying to optometry school and the appropriate UW Bothell courses that fulfill the requirement. Admissions requirements vary at all optometry schools and are subject to change without notice.  It is very important for all optometry school applicants to carefully research the requirements for admission at all prospective optometry schools early enough to address any deficiencies in preparation for admission to the schools of your choice.

  • General Chemistry with labs (three quarters or two semesters)
  • General Biology with labs (three quarters or two semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry (one/two quarters or one semester)
  • Calculus (one/two quarters or semesters)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (two quarters or semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry (three quarters or two semesters)
  • Microbiology (one quarter or semester)
  • Statistics (one quarter or semester)
  • Psychology (one quarter or semester)

School specific requirements

UW Bothell Pre-Health sciences flowchart

UW Bothell Courses

General Chemistry, with labs

  • B CHEM 143 (4), 144 (2) General Chemistry
  • B CHEM 153 (4), 154 (2) General Chemistry
  • B CHEM 163 (4), 164 (2) General Chemistry

Organic Chemistry, with labs

  • B CHEM 237 (4) no lab
  • B CHEM 238 (4) 241 (3)
  • B CHEM 239 (4) 242 (3)

Biochemistry

  • B BIO/B CHEM 364 Biochemistry I
  • B BIO/B CHEM 365 Biochemistry II

General Biology, with labs

  • B BIO 180 Introductory Biology (5)
  • B BIO 200 Introductory Biology (5)
  • B BIO 220 Introductory Biology (5)

Calculus

  • ST MATH 124 Calculus I (5)
  • ST MATH 125 Calculus II (5)

Anatomy and Physiology

  • BBIO 241 and 242 (Human - Offered at community colleges) OR
  • BBIO 351 and 352

Microbiology

  • BBIO 260 OR
  • BBIO 370

Psychology

  • BIS 170 Introduction to Psychology

Sociology

  • BIS 181 Introduction to Sociology