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Prerequisite Coursework Evaluation
The College of Optometry prerequisite courses at Ohio Northern University.

Applicants for admission to the College of Optometry at The Ohio State University must meet the course requirements listed below. These requirements can be satisfied by courses taken as indicated, when completed with the grade of C- or better. In some cases, there may not be a published equivalence for a prerequisite course listed. In these cases, please click on the Contact Transfer Credit Coordinator link to find the transfer credit coordinator who can best assist you.

The information provided below is derived from transfer credit equivalencies available on the Transferology website (, a course equivalency tool utilized by Ohio State and many other universities. This does not imply transfer credit equivalencies and is not intended to provide a guarantee that these university courses will subsequently be evaluated as equivalent to specific Ohio State courses. Rather, completion of these courses will satisfy the program prerequisites and thereby insure that the applicant has the academic preparation for advanced study in the professional program.

Please note that these courses have previously been determined as an exact equivalent(s) for the prerequisites identified below. There may be alternate course options which are not recognized as transferrable but can be used to fulfill a prerequisite. You can contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions ( for questions on courses not listed below.

Course at Ohio State Course at Ohio Northern University
BIOCHEM 4511 Contact Departmental Transfer Credit Coordinator
BIOLOGY 1113, BIOLOGY 1114 BIOL 1311 = BIOLOGY 1113
CHEM 1210, CHEM 1220 CHEM 1711 = CHEM 1210
CHEM 1721 = CHEM 1220
CHEM 2510 CHEM 2511 or CHEM 2611, CHEM 2651
EEOB 2520 or PHYSIO 3200 BIOL 2311, BIOL 2321
ENGLISH 1110.01 ENGL 1221
Humanities (7 semester hours) Basic courses in Literature, Classics, Theatre, History of Art or Music, Philosophy, etc.
MATH 1151 MATH 1611, MATH 1621 or MATH 1631, MATH 1641
MICRBIO 4000 Contact Departmental Transfer Credit Coordinator
PHYSICS 1200, PHYSICS 1201 PHYS 2111, PHYS 2341 = PHYSICS 1200
PHYS 2121, PHYS 2351 = PHYSICS 1201
PSYCH 1100 PSYC 1001
Social Sciences (7 semester hours) Basic courses in Anthropology, History, Economics, Geography, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, etc.

Revised: July 2019

**Starting with the 2016 application cycle, Optometry will only require one organic chemistry course.**

Please be advised that your institution may require more organic chemistry before enrollment in biochemistry is allowed.

Math courses studying pre-calculus with trigonometry and Calculus I or higher are required.

All science courses taken require a lab component.

The College of Optometry requires completion of the prerequisites or their equivalents from any accredited college or university. At least 30 semester hours of this preparatory work should be taken at a baccalaureate-granting institution. Most students admitted to the college have bachelor's degrees.

Due to continuous advances in the scientific field, the College of Optometry Admissions Committee requires applicants to demonstrate recent competence in science prerequisites. This is automatically demonstrated if all science prerequisites have been satisfactorily completed within 10 calendar years immediately preceding the year of application. If any science prerequisites are older than 10 years, the applicant must either repeat course work in that specific area or submit convincing evidence of current mastery in the appropriate science to the admissions committee.

The College of Optometry requires a comprehensive systems physiology sequence (emphasizing human structure and systems). Please be advised that many undergraduate physiology sequences have an anatomy prerequisite, and you will need to plan your schedule accordingly. For non-Ohio State students, human physiology requirement will fulfill this prerequisite. Contact Professional Admissions with any questions at 614-292-9444 or

In cases where anatomy and physiology are offered in a combined sequence course, both courses are required in order for credit to be awarded. For these courses Ohio State will award credit for EEOB 2510 (anatomy) and EEOB 2520 (physiology).

Optometry requires an overall GPA of 3.0.

This evaluation is valid for the current application cycle only. Evaluated courses and the transferability of these courses can change, at any time, due to course content and re-evaluation. After this date, it may be necessary to contact the Admissions Office for course or program changes. If you have any questions, please contact: Graduate and Professional Admissions at:

Graduate and Professional Admissions
Student Academic Services Building, 1st Floor
281 West Lane Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1132

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