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Pre-Optometry, Associate in Science

Curriculum SCI.OPT.AS

(Total Program Credits: 60)

Admittance to a college of optometry requires a minimum of 60 semester hours and a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.50 for all college courses attempted.

These courses should emphasize Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. Automatic admission is not implied by the attainment of the minimum requirements set forth in the program.

Semester One

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIS 150Principles of Biology I #

4 credits

CHM 140General Chemistry I #

5 credits

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Two

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIS 151Principles of Biology II #

4 credits

CHM 141General Chemistry II #

5 credits

MAT 131Calculus & Analytic Geometry I #

5 credits

RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:17

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Three

Course NumberTitleCredits
SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

General education/Fine Arts

3 credits

Science Electives

10 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Semester Four

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 170Elementary Statistics #

4 credits

General education/Humanities

3 credits

General education/Social and Behavioral Science

3 credits

Science elective

5 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

GECC Note: Take one additional Humanities or Fine Arts and one additional Social and Behavioral Science course, to be eligible for the General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) Credential.

Recommended Science Electives

Science electives are generally prerequisites for admission for most programs, recommend taking as a sequence.

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIS 101Human Biology

4 credits

BIS 222Principles of Microbiology #

4 credits

BIS 240Human Anatomy & Physiology I #

4 credits

BIS 241Human Anatomy & Physiology II #

4 credits

CHM 234Organic Chemistry I #

5 credits

CHM 235Organic Chemistry II #

5 credits

PHY 101General Physics (Mechanics, Heat & Sound) #

5 credits

PHY 102General Physics (Electricity, Magnetism, Optics & Modern Physics) #

5 credits

BIS 101◊: Prerequisite for BIS 240◊.

(Select courses that meet the BS requirements of your transfer school.)

Graduation Requirements

General Education requirements:

AS degree                                                                                   Subtotal: 37-41

Pre-Profession (Pre-Optometry)
courses or other electives toward the AS degree              Subtotal: 19-23

General Education requirements by discipline:

  • Communications: Three courses (nine semester hours).
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: Two courses (six semester hours), with at least one course selected from Humanities and at least one course from the Fine Arts;
  • Social and Behavioral Science: two courses (six semester credits), with courses selected from at least two disciplines.

    Graduation from an Illinois college or university requires satisfactory completion of one or more courses incorporating Human Diversity, which may be taken as a Humanities and Fine Arts or Social and Behavioral Science course.

  • Mathematics: Two courses (six to nine semester hours).
  • Physical and Life Science: Three courses (10-11 semester hours), with at least one course selected from the Life Sciences and one course from the Physical Sciences and including at least one laboratory course.

Foreign Language encouraged if transferring to a four-year institution.

Note: All program required courses require an earned grade of ‘C’ or higher, in order to pass onto the next course in the program sequence.

This is a generic outline of courses for this program of study. Requirements may vary based on undergraduate major and/or chosen transfer school. Students generally choose a major with a strong science foundation. Meet with the curriculum counselor for specific transfer school recommendations.

Chairperson: Gabriel Guzman, Ext. 3312; email: gabrielguzman@triton.edu