Pre-optometry, Science, IUPUIClick here for more resources to help you prepare for optometry school.

At the School of Science at IUPUI, students seeking professional careers in optometry are exposed to opportunities that no other school in the state of Indiana can offer. Through comprehensive coursework, hands-on experience in the classroom and labs, one-on-one guidance from professors, and research and leadership opportunitiesin the School, five surrounding hospitals, the IU School of Medicine and the IU School of Dentistry, graduates of the School of Science are well prepared for optometry school and beyond!


One of the biggest benefits to studying science at IUPUI is the accessibility of our world-class professors, and the ability to participate in research and internships.

The School of Science at IUPUI offers various programs for students to become involved with both research and other leadership opportunities throughout their undergraduate experience. One of those programs is the Life Health Sciences Internship. This one-year program through IU Med School provides students the opportunity to participate in both clinical and scientific research opportunities throughout IUPUI's campus and the surrounding hospitals and labs. For more information on the Life Health Sciences Internship and other opportunities for students in the School of Science at IUPUI, please click here.

What is Pre-Optometry?

Optometrists are primary eye care providers. They write prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses as well as examine, diagnose, treat and manage various visual system diseases and disorders. With a pre-optometry concentration in your undergrad college experience, a career in optometry might open the door to various fields including geriatrics or sports vision.

Like most universities, IUPUI does not offer a pre-optometry major. Few colleges in the United States offer these majors  because optometry schools do not require students to complete specific majors.


Minimum of 90 credit hours of coursework. Bachelor's degree strongly recommended.Visit the IU School of Optometry website for more information.

Pre-optometry courses at School of Science sufficiently prepare students for the Optometry Aptitude Test (OAT) and optometry school. All optometry schools have different requirements for admission, but most schools require the completion of the OAT, and multiple courses in biology, chemistry, math, and physics. The School of Science pre-optometry program is especially designed to prepare students for enrollment into the IU School of Optometry. However, students who complete the program will meet the pre-requisites for admission into most optometry school.

Choosing an Undergraduate Major

Why choose to major in science?

Optometry school success is largely dependent on the knowledge, experience and habits students pick up as undergraduates. Through opportunities to participate in industry-leading research, community involvement and clinical experience, a pre-optometry student in School of Science will be well prepared for success in Optometry school and life in the optometry field.

  • Pre-requisites for many optometry schools often favor and lean heavily toward science majors. 
  • By studying science at IUPUI, students have opportunities to work, learn and participate in internships and research in the School of Science as well as the IU Medical School right on campus and surrounding hospitals.
  • Many science undergraduate degrees are marketable to future employers even if the student chooses not to pursue professional schooling.

Advising + Resources

Visit the Science PREPs Office for expert guidance on majors, professional school admissions, and research, internships and other co-curricular opportunities that will help guide you to the best professional schools.