Commonly Required Courses
These are typical requirements and recommendations for applying to optometry programs. If you are interested in applying to programs in one of the other health profession areas (medical, dental, pharmacy, PA, PT, OT, etc.) please review the recommended courses for that specific area.
The health professional schools themselves provide the most accurate and up-to-date source of information. Students should begin researching specific requirements of health professional schools they are interested in early in their academic careers and continue this research through their academic careers as health professional schools typically update their required and recommended courses on an annual basis.
Students should also review Loyola department websites and LOCUS to determine relevant pre-requisites for courses listed below, what terms these courses are typically offered.
|Biology||General Biology I||BIOL 101 & 111|
|General Biology II||BIOL 102 & 112|
|Chemistry||Inorganic Chemistry A||CHEM 101 & 111 or CHEM 105|
|Inorganic Chemistry B||CHEM 102 & 112 or CHEM 106|
|Organic Chemistry A||CHEM 223 & 225 or CHEM 221|
|Organic Chemistry B||CHEM 224 & 226 or CHEM 222|
|Physics||Physics I||PHYS 111 & 111L or PHYS 125 & 125L|
|Physics II||PHYS 112 & 112L or PHYS 126 & 126L|
|Math||Calculus||MATH 131 or MATH 161|
|Statistics||STAT 103 or PSYC 304 or STAT 335|
|English Composition||Freshman Composition||UCWR 110|
|Upper Level Composition Course||One Writing Intensive Course|
|Psychology||General Psychology||PSYC 101|
|Social & Behavioral Science||Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology||One to two courses in addition to General Psychology Requirement|
Occasionally required courses include (but are not limited to):
Cell Biology, Genetics, Anatomy & Physiology, Biochemistry, Public Speaking, Economics, Sociology, upper level Psychology courses
For school-specific prerequisites and demographic information on applicants/matriculants at optometry schools, explore this site.