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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 of 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 I 3
Calculus I** 4
General Inorganic Chemistry I 4
General Inorganic Chemistry II 4
Principles of Biology I 4
Humanities Elective* 3
ENGL 1102 Composition II 3
SPCH 1101 Introduction to Speech 3
Organic Chemistry I 5
Fundamentals of Physics I 4
PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology 4
Human Anatomy 4
Human Physiology 4
Microbiology 4
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