Biology Pre-Optometry Concentration

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology (Pre-Opt)

The Bachelor of Science in Biology (Pre-Optometry) is designed to prepare students for admission into professional programs in optometry. The requirements of the Pre-Optometry program are based on the general requirements of the Bachelor of Science in Biology, specifically adjusted for pre-optometry students. Coursework in human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, genetics, developmental biology, cell biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics prepares students for the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) and for future success in the field.

The Pre-Optometry program stresses a foundation of chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics to meet the requirements of the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. The Michigan College of Optometry (MCO) prefers to accept applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree. However, MCO does accept applications from candidates who have not earned a bachelor’s degree but have completed the minimum admissions requirements, which are indicated on the program checksheet (see link below). Further information about application can be found at the Michigan College of Optometry website.

Admissions requirements for other schools of optometry may vary, and the pre-optometry program can be modified for individual students to ensure that those requirements are met. Superior academic preparation and awareness of optometry as a profession are important factors in admission to any school of optometry.


Bachelor of Science in Biology (Pre-Optometry) - Ferris State University Catalog