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Optometry is a healthcare profession focusing on the eyes and related structures, as well as vision, visual systems, and vision information processing in humans. Optometrists are trained to prescribe and fit lenses to improve vision and are trained to diagnose and treat various eye diseases.


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Make your intention to pursue a career in Optometry official by adding it as an "intended pre-professional track".


  • General Biology (BIO 105) 
  • Organismal Biology (BIO 203) or Anatomy & Physiology I and/or II (BIO 312/313)
  • Fundamentals of Microbiology (MIC 230) 


  • General Chemistry I & II (CHM 103 & CHM 104) 
  • Organic Chemistry Survey (CHM 300) and laboratory (CHM 302)
    • Also acceptable: Organic Chemistry Series I & II (CHM 303 & CHM 304) plus laboratory (CHM 302 or CHM 305)
  • Fundamental Biochemistry (CHM 325) 


  • Calculus I (MTH 207) recommended  


  • Fundamental Physics I & II (PHY 103 & PHY 104) 

Social Sciences 

  • General Psychology (PSY 100)
  • Additional social science course (100-level PSY, SOC, HIST, etc.)

Additional requirements (highly recommended; sometimes required) 

  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II (BIO 312 & BIO 313) 
  • Genetics (BIO 306) 
  • Several schools require a “writing-intensive course”, in addition to College Writing (ENG 110); often satisfied during completion of a Biology Major 

Declaring a Pre-Optometry track will help you determine common requirements for optometry schools in our region. However, each program's requirements vary. When selecting coursework, it is important to consult the websites of the programs to which you plan to apply, and meet with your advisor.

Dr. Anton Sanderfoot works with Pre-Optometry students:, 608-785-8240.

Pre-Optometry is NOT a major at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. It is a statement of your intention to apply to optometry schools. You will still need to select a major to complete a degree at UWL.