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Optometry - Pre-Optometry, A.S.


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Students planning to pursue the pre-optometry program at Minnesota West-Worthington campus are advised to determine quite early in their program where they plan to complete the degree requirements. The lower division courses are similar for pre-optometry programs, but in most cases the applicant must complete a prescribed set of courses if he/she is not accepted for study. These courses are available at Minnesota West-Worthington campus for the pre-optometry major. We will assist you in gaining acceptance for further training. Students planning to study as optometrists are expected to perform in the "B" range and above.

The following program is patterned after the University of Minnesota. Student are encouraged to complete the Associate in Arts degree or the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum requirements. This will take one additional semester. To complete the A.A. degree and MnTC requirements, students should add: five credits of HUM courses; five credits of SOC SCI courses; two-nine credits to meet Areas 8,9,10 (if not met through HUM or SOC SCI courses); three credits of PSYC 1150; one credit of PHED Activity (if not previously completed): three credits HLTH 1100; HLTH 1110 (three credits) is also strongly recommended. This is a total of 18-29 additional credits.

Students interested in this degree should choose the A.S./Pre-professional Studies major on the application.

ENGL 1101 Composition I3
Calculus I**4
General Inorganic Chemistry I4
General Inorganic Chemistry II4
Principles of Biology4
Humanities Elective*3
ENGL 1102Composition II3
SPCH 1101Introduction to Speech3
Organic Chemistry I5
Fundamentals of Physics I4
PSYC 1101Introduction to Psychology4
Human Anatomy4
Human Physiology4
Social Science Elective*3

  Minimums only.

** Depends on high school preparation and placement.
Proficiency in a second language is highly desired.
Check with a counselor/advisor about the requirements at transfer institutions.

Updated: si 5/1/13