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Prerequisite Courses

Dated: March 30, 2020

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, SUNY Optometry is allowing the following alternatives to its admissions requirements:

  • Distant learning/online science course completion for the Spring 2020 term
  • P/F grades for any required course for the Spring 2020 term (this is contingent on the policy instituted at the respective undergraduate institution)
    • The conditions above apply to both traditional applicants and joint degree program applicants
    • These changes will continue to apply through all semester/quarters impacted by the pandemic, but will return to their original conditions upon normalizing.
  • We understand shadowing experiences are not possible during the COVID-19 outbreak. While we strongly encourage applicants to have extensive and varied shadowing experiences before applying, we will take this into consideration for applicants immediately impacted by this during the 2020-2021 application cycle.
  • There are no current changes to the application deadlines for the 2020-2021 application cycle.

Please feel free to contact our Admissions Office to inquire how we can further assist you in successfully applying throughout this pandemic at admissions@sunyopt.edu.

To be considered as a candidate for admission to the professional OD program, a four-year baccalaureate degree is highly recommended. The educational institution must be accredited. Students who have completed all pre-requisite courses and a minimum of three years (90 semester credits) of undergraduate study from an accredited institution will also be considered for admission.

  • All of the course requirements should preferably be met by enrollment at a four-year college/university in those courses specifically offered for departmental majors or pre-professional students.
  • Letter grades should be awarded for all required courses and should be completed successfully with a grade of C or better.
  • Brief or survey courses are not acceptable.
  • Upper-division course work in the sciences is highly recommended.
  • Advanced-level courses that demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge expected from the prerequisites may be taken instead if approved by the Director of Admissions (possible substitutions can be found below).
Required Courses

Semester(s)

 

Quarters

 

General Biology (with lab)
Microbiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Cellular Biology and Zoology may be substituted for one semester of General Biology. Botany is not accepted.

2

3

General Chemistry (with lab)
Biochemistry may be substituted for one term of General or Organic Chemistry. Inorganic Chemistry is also acceptable.

2

 

3

 

General Physics (with lab)
Engineering Physics is acceptable.

2

 

3

 

Organic Chemistry (with lab)
Biochemistry may be substituted for one term of General or Organic Chemistry. A lab component will also be required for Biochemistry if the required labs for either terms of General of Organic Chemistry aren’t completed.

2

 

3

 

Calculus
Pre-calculus is not acceptable.

1

 

1

 

English Composition and Literature
Courses that require extensive writing are acceptable. One semester of Public Speaking is acceptable.

2

3

Social Sciences and Humanities
History, Humanities, Art, Philosophy, Religion, Economics, Anthropology, Sociology and additional Psychology courses are acceptable.

2

 

3

 

General Psychology
Principles of Psychology or upper-level Psychology courses are acceptable.

1

 

1

 

Statistics
Psychology Statistics, Biometrics, Biostatistics and Business Statisticsare acceptable. Calculus II may not be substituted for statistics.

1

 

1

 

Students must be able to apply elementary differential equations (particularly simple exponential processes) to practical scientific problems.

Recommended Courses

Semester

Quarter

Microbiology

1

1

Biochemistry

1

1

Physiology and Anatomy

1

1

 

Advanced Placement Credit

Advanced Placement (AP) credits are acceptable as long as the courses appear on the candidate’s college transcript and the student has received college credit for the courses.

Prerequisite Courses Taken at Community Colleges

SUNY College of Optometry accepts courses from community colleges and does not have a set limit of courses that can be taken at community colleges. The Admissions Committee encourages candidates who have taken prerequisite courses at 2-year colleges to take upper-division science courses at 4-year institutions.

Online Course Policy

Although SUNY College of Optometry accepts certain prerequisites taken online, the following restrictions apply:

  • Prerequisite science courses and lab requirements must be taken in a traditional in-class format.
  • Online prerequisite courses will only be considered from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • SUNY College of Optometry will only accept online prerequisite courses in the following subject areas: Psychology, Social Sciences and Humanities (one course only), English Composition and Literature (one course only), Calculus and Statistics.