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Shelby AlexanderPictured | Shelby Alexander | Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences / Pre-Optometry | La Porte, Indiana (hometown)
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A Bachelor's degree, either BA or BS, is required for admission into optometry school. Students may major in any subject, but the most common majors are Biological Sciences, Biochemistry or Chemistry due to the overlap between the degree requirements and entrance requirements for optometry school. It is not possible to earn a degree in "pre-optometry." All courses listed below must be completed prior to matriculation to the School of Optoometry, but it is not necessary to have completed all the courses listed prior to submitting an application for admission.

All required courses must have letter grades; no courses taken on a Pass/Fail basis are accepted and credit by exam (such as AP or IB credit) is not accepted. Students interested in premedical coursework at IU South Bend should contact the pre-health professions advisor Dr. Ann Grens, in the Department of Biological Sciences, soon after admission to IU South Bend to discuss an appropriate degree program. Send e-mail to or call (574) 520-4426.

The IU School of Optometry sets admission and degree requirements. Students seeking admission should consult the School of Optometry website at for further information.

Requirements (85-86 cr.)

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

Biology (26 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 101 Introduction to Biological Sciences 1 (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 102 Introduction to Biological Sciences     2 (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 211 Molecular Biology
  • MICR-M 310 Microbiology
  • MICR-M 315 Microbiology Laboratory (2 cr.)
  • PHSL-P 261 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (4 cr.)
  • PHSL-P 262 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4 cr.)

Chemistry (21 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II
  • CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry Lecture 1
  • CHEM-C 342 Organic Chemistry Lecture 2
  • CHEM-C 343 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 484 Biomolecules and Catabolism

English (6 cr.)
  • ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry I
  • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills

Mathematics (5 cr.)
  • MATH-M 215 Calculus I (5 cr.)

Physics (10 cr.)

Select one of the following sequences:

Sequence 1

  • PHYS-P 201 General Physics 1 (5 cr.)
  • PHYS-P 202 General Physics 2 (5 cr.)

Sequence 2

  • PHYS-P 221 Physics 1 (5 cr.)
  • PHYS-P 222 Physics 2 (5 cr.)

Psychology (3 cr.)
  • PSY-P 103 General Psychology

Statistics (2-3 cr.)

Select one from the following:

  • BIOL-L 220 Biostatistics (recommended)
  • MATH-K 310 Statistical Techniques
  • MATH-M 261 Statistical Inferences (2 cr.)
  • PSY-P 354 Statistical Analysis in Psychology

Arts and Humanities (6 cr.)
  • At least two courses

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 cr.)
  • At least two courses

Academic Bulletins

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2023-2024 Campus Bulletin
2022-2023 Campus Bulletin
2021-2022 Campus Bulletin
2020-2021 Campus Bulletin
2019-2020 Campus Bulletin
2018-2019 Campus Bulletin
2017-2018 Campus Bulletin
2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

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