Distinctions & Opportunities

Opportunities Outside the College

School of Optometry

The School of Optometry offers a two-semester Certificate in Optometric Technology/Opticianry and three degree programs: the two-year Associate of Science degree in Optometric Technology/Opticianry for optometric technicians and opticians, the Doctor of Optometry program for the education of optometrists, and the graduate program in vision science, which leads to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees for those interested in research and teaching.

Optician/Technician Programs


Students completing either the certificate in OptometryTechnology/Opticianry (29 credit hours) or the Associate of Science Degree in Optometry/Opticianry (60 credit hours) are qualified to begin a career as an optometric technician or an optician. The general nontechnical courses, such as English Composition and required electives, may be completed either before or after the optician/technician courses. An additional option allows students to become laboratory opticians by completing courses in lens surfacing and fabrication (optician’s laboratory concentration).

Doctor of Optometry Program
A student may be admitted to the school’s Doctor of Optometry program after earning a Bachelor’s degree or after completing a minimum of 90 credit hours in the College of Arts and Sciences. Major areas of concentration are typically in the physical, biological, or behavioral sciences, but other fields may be selected. General courses specifically required for admission to the optometry program are listed in the School of Optometry bulletin.

Bachelor’s Degree—O.D. Program
A student who is admitted to the School of Optometry after completing 90 credit hours in the College of Arts and Sciences and who has satisfied the Foundations, Intensive Writing, Foreign Language, Breadth of Inquiry, and major concentration requirements may apply 32 credit hours in optometry as electives toward the Bachelor’s degree from the College.  The requirements listed under “Requirements for All Bachelor Degrees” (under the section of this Bulletin entitled “Degree Requirements”) are still in effect.

Courses for the Nonmajor
  • VSCI-V 250 The Miracle of Sight (3 cr.) Fall only
  • TOPT-V 201 Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye (3 cr.) Fall only