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Pre-Optometry Concentration

 Options: Bachelor's

 Locations: Main Campus

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

New Student Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
  • ACT Score of 17 or SAT Score of 900
  • Must demonstrate appropriate academic preparedness, maturity, and seriousness of purpose.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.50 Overall GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
  • At least 12 credits, including an English and Mathematics course.

More Information

Lead Advisor: Dr. Chris Westerkamp
Phone: (231) 591-5037
Email: [email protected]

Professional Advisor: Jenice Winowiecki
Phone: (231) 591-2555
Email: [email protected]

Professional Advisor: Emily Beard
Phone: (231) 591-2917
Email: [email protected]