Biology pre-optometry information
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).
The average GPA of the entering class for the past several years has been above 3.50. Other important criteria considered in the admission decision are the optometry entrance exam (OAT) score, personal interview, extracurricular activities, community service and shadowing experience.
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:Ovuke` Emonina
Seniors, Post-Baccalaureates, and 5th Year students
Room: CH 102
Freshmen, Sophomors, and Juniors, with last names beginning A-K
Freshmen, Sophomors, and Juniors, with last names beginning L-Z