Biology, Pre-Optometry Information
Candidates for admission to the UAB School of Optometry must have completed a minimum of 90-semester hours or 135-quarter hours, the equivalent of three years of college education, prior to matriculation. Preference is given to applicants who have received their 4 year degree or will receive their degree prior to matriculation. Although it is not required to have a science degree it is important since science majors typically perform better. If you are going to obtain a degree in a major other than a science you need to excel in the required science courses. Pre-optometry should be listed as an attribute, which is your designated area of interest related to your future career. All students interested in a career in optometry should consult with the Pre-professional Advisors located in the Hill University Center, Room 318 (205-934-6135).
English - 2 Semesters
Biochemistry - 1 semester
Biology - 2 semesters
Chemistry - 2 semesters
Microbiology - 1 semester
Organic Chemistry - 1 semester
Physics - 8 semester hours
Calculus: 1 semester
Psychology: 1 semester
Statistics: 1 semester
Social & Behavioral Sciences: 2 semesters
Strongly recommended courses:
Anatomy, Physiology, and Histology
The School of Optometry utilizes OptomCAS, the Optometry Centralized Application Service at http://www.optomcas.org/. Once your OptomCAS application has been submitted, please complete the UABSO supplemental application found on the OptomCAS website. Apply early! UABSO is on a rolling admissions system which means that as soon as applications are received from qualified candidates, the scheduling of interviews begins.
For additional Information, please contact departmental academic advisors.