May 30, 2024  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]


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Pre-Optometry Curriculum

The college welcomes inquiries concerning the selection of pre-optometric courses at other institutions and urges students to solicit this service through its Office of Student Affairs and Admissions. The University of Houston does not offer a degree in pre-optometry studies.

Admission Prerequisites

To be considered for admission to the College of Optometry, students must have completed a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation. In addition to the degree, a minimum of 55 semester credit hours or the equivalent, must be completed in the following five subject areas. The minimum number in each is indicated. Courses at the University of Houston that fulfill these minimum requirements are listed under each subject heading and described in the section on prerequisite courses.

Biology Requirements (20 semester hours)


  • Introduction to Biological Sciences Cr. 8.
  • Elementary Microbiology and Laboratory Cr. 4.
  • Human Anatomy and Laboratory Cr. 4.
  • Human Physiology and Laboratory (upper division) Cr. 4.

Chemistry Requirements (15 semester hours)


  • Inorganic Chemistry and Laboratory Cr. 8.
  • Organic Chemistry and Laboratory Cr. 4.
  • General Biochemistry Cr. 3.

Mathematics Requirements (six semester hours)


  • Elementary Functions Cr. 3.
  • Calculus I Cr. 3.

Physics Requirements (8 semester hours)


  • Introductory General Physics and Laboratory Cr. 8.

Psychology Requirements (6 semester hours)


  • Introduction to Psychology Cr. 3.
  • Statistics Cr. 3.


Pre-optometry students are strongly encouraged to major in an area in which they have special interests, including disciplines within the humanities or social sciences. The pre-optometry curriculum can usually be adapted from a pre-medical, pre-dental, biology, or chemistry curriculum with minor changes. Prospective applicants should consult with advisors in their major field of study to determine degree requirements in that major or to determine entry into prerequisite courses. Elective courses that are especially relevant to optometry are listed near the end of this catalog section.

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