Biology/Pre-Optometry Concentration

General Information

The Bachelor of Science in Biology/Pre-Optometry Concentration 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.

Career Opportunities

Pursuing a career in optometry can be demanding, but graduates find the career both financially and personally rewarding. Students who are interested in becoming optometrists and who are enrolled in the Pre-Optometry program are assured of programming that meets the specific requirements of the Michigan College of Optometry.

Students have the opportunity to interact with fellow students and faculty of the Michigan College of Optometry and to explore the program and facilities firsthand.

Generally, admission to a college of optometry requires at least three years of undergraduate preparation. The doctor of optometry degree offered by Ferris requires a minimum of three years of pre-professional study followed by four years of study in the Optometry curriculum.

Admission Requirements

First-year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

More Information

Lead Advisor: Dr. Chris Westerkamp
Phone: (231) 591-5037
Email: ChristopherWesterkamp@ferris.edu

Professional Advisor: Kim Ducat
Phone: (231) 591-2745
Email:  

Professional Advisor: Jenice Winowiecki
Phone: (231) 591-2555
Email: JeniceWinowieckiHansen@ferris.edu

Biology/Pre-Optometry Concentration: Ferris State University Course Catalog