Students who pursue a pre-optometry program focus on completing at least three years of college science and math courses to help them earn top scores on the Optometry Admission Test and work toward earning a bachelor's degree in a science program such as biology or chemistry. You'll be assigned an adviser dedicated to helping you choose the courses and activities best-suited to your path. You'll be encouraged to seek internships and job shadowing opportunities and to make use of extensive on-campus projects and equipment to collaborate on research.

Program Highlights

  • Strong base of scientific knowledge established through biology, chemistry and physiology courses.
  • New anatomy and physiology suite in a remodeled Wick Science Building.
  • Smart classrooms, technology-enhanced lecture halls, advanced laboratories and secure storage for materials in the updated Robert H. Wick Science Building, the center for most pre-professional programs.
  • Opportunity to develop relevant skills in classwork, laboratory research and fieldwork with nationally recognized faculty members.
  • Students encouraged to seek multiple job shadowing opportunities and to be open to volunteer service related to medicine and health

Program Distinctions

  • Campus emphasis on science and technology that includes completion of $45 million Integrated Science & Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF), $14.5-million addition to Robert H. Wick Science Building and $13.6-million renovation of Brown Hall completed within the past five years.
  • National Science Foundation grants help provide a full range of instrumentation to support coursework and research.
  • Program approved by the American Chemical Society.
  • Faculty members who work internationally, in countries such as Pakistan, Qatar and India, to bring global perspective to the study of chemistry.
  • Minnesota has more than 480 medical device firms registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Student Organizations

  • Medical Professions Association (MPA)
  • Chemistry Club
  • Biology Club
  • Physics and Astronomy Club

Popular Careers

  • Optometrist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Researcher
  • Optician

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