PreOptometry Curriculum:

Pre-Optometry is a track made up of pre-requisite courses you complete along with a major of your choice. This prepares you for admission into a Doctor of Optometry graduate school.

For requirements to specific Optometry Schools, see the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO).

View KU's prerequisite list for PreOptometry students.


  • It is best to take CHEM 130 and BIOL 150 is the same semester. At KU, students can only take BIOL 150 concurrently or after they have completed a semester of college Chemistry. (CHEM 130)
  • Students interested in PreOptometry at KU with the idea of graduating in 4 years - it is best to come calculus eligible so you can begin taking science coursework your first semester. (Math ACT 26 or transfer College Algebra credit)

1st Fall 

1st Spring 

2nd Fall 

2nd Spring 

3rd Fall 

3rd Spring 

4th Fall 

Chemistry I 

Chemistry II 


Organic Chemistry 

Physics I 

Physics II 


Biology I 

Biology II 

Microbiology Lab 

Organic Chemistry Lab 


Child Psychology 








Curriculum Facts:

  • Some school require, and most recommend -
    • BIOL 240 Human Anatomy and lab
    • BIOL 546 Mammalian Physiology and lab or, BIOL 246 Human Physiology and lab
    • BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry or BIOL 636 Biochemistry I
  • Courses in the above curriculum guide are recommended for Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

Who's my PreOptometry Advisor?

You will be considered a student in whatever major you choose with the addition of your "Pre-Optometry" interest code. 
If you are still exploring a major or are a Pre-Professional student your advising home will be the Undergraduate Advising Center, 785.864.2834 - EXPLORE.KU.EDU
If you have selected a major you will be advised within your major department. They can assist with your Pre-Optometry requirements!

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