The University of St. Francis offers excellent undergraduate preparation for optometry and other health related professional schools. USF does not offer a specific “petitioner major.” Few colleges in the United States do because there is not a specific major required for admission to optometry school.
USF does offer a biology degree with a pre-professional track for students interested in pursing careers in optometry. Therefore, USF students complete a core of courses which prepare them for entrance into professional school and still enjoy the freedom and flexibility to design a curriculum in advanced science courses which are appropriate to their interests.
Optometry schools are looking for students who have completed a core of specific course work in biology, chemistry, math and physics and who have performed at a high academic level. Optometry schools may also require volunteer work or other specific types of clinical experience outside the classroom. In addition, coursework required in the humanities and social sciences may vary by school.
REQUIRED BIOLOGY COURSES: (semester hours)
Principles of Biology I and Lab (4)
Principles of Biology II and Lab (4)
Human Anatomy (4)
Human Physiology (4)
Senior Seminar or Senior Thesis I & II* (3) (*Required of Biology Fellows)
ELECTIVE BIOLOGY COURSES (SELECT 2):
Molecular Biology (4)
Human Dissection Anatomy (3)
Medical Microbiology (4)
Selected Topics (3-4)
REQUIRED CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS and MATH COURSES:
General Chemistry I and Lab (5)
General Chemistry II and Lab (5)
Organic Chemistry I and Lab (5)
Organic Chemistry II and Lab (5)
Biochemistry and Lab (5)
General Physics I (4)
General Physics II (4)
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5)