Jul 23, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



234 Pasteur Hall (507.457.2261)
Dr. Mark Garbrecht, Advisor


342 Pasteur Hall (507-457-5294)
Dr. Sara Hein, Advisor

350 Pasteur Hall (507-457-2476)
Dr. Thomas Nalli, Advisor

Program Information

The Pre-Optometry program is graduate-school specific; that is, the course of study at WSU is designed according to the graduate school chosen by the student. There are approximately 17 graduate programs in the United States, both private and public. Students interested in pre-optometry should meet with an advisor to plan their program as soon as possible after they begin study at WSU.

Before students apply to a professional optometry school, they must complete at least three years of college work, and they must take the Optometry Admissions Test. This test is usually given in February and October, and it is usually taken the fall of the student’s third undergraduate year.

In the Biology Department, most pre-optometry students follow either the Biology - Allied Health (BIAH) - BS Major  or the Biology - Cell and Molecular (BICM) - BS Major . In the Chemistry Department, most pre-optometry students choose the Chemistry - ACS Biochemistry (CHBI) - BS Major .

Most programs require:

  • Biology with laboratory (6 S.H.)
  • Microbiology with laboratory (3 S.H.)
  • General Chemistry with laboratory (6 S.H.)
  • Organic Chemistry (3 S.H.)
  • Physics with laboratory (6 S.H.)
  • College Calculus (3 S.H.)
  • Statistics (3 S.H.)
  • Psychology (3 S.H.)
  • Social Science (3 S.H.)