Faculty of Science

Students may wish to consider the completion of a Science degree in preparation for study in Optometry. The courses listed below provide a foundation for a Life Sciences program while completing your pre-professional study.

An Optometry degree is offered through The School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo. At least 3 years of full-time university-level study is required (5 courses per 4-month term during the Regular Session). See the School of Optometry & Vision Science for admission requirements or consult an academic advisor in University 1 or the Faculty of Science.

Preparation for Optometry

Recommended Year 1 Pre-Optometry Courses in Science

First Year Courses Credit Hours
BIOL 1020 Biology 1: Principles and Themes 3
BIOL 1030 Biology 2: Biological Diversity, Function and Interactions 3
CHEM 1300 Structure and Modelling in Chemistry 3
CHEM 1310 Introduction to Physical Chemistry 3
MATH 1500 (M) Introduction to Calculus or
MATH 1230 (M) Differential Calculus or
MATH 1510 (M) Applied Calculus 1 or
MATH 1520 (M) Introductory Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
3
MBIO 1010 Microbiology 1 3
PHYS 1020 (M) General Physics 1 and
PHYS 1030 (M) General Physics 2, or both
PHYS 1050 Physics 1: Mechanics and
PHYS 1070 Physics 2: Waves and Modern Physics
6
PSYC 1200 Introduction to Psychology 6
STAT 1000 (M) Basic Statistical Analysis 1 or
STAT 1150 (M) Introduction to Statistics and Computing
3
English Literature course at the 1000 level 6
Philosophy (Ethics) course 3
Total Credit Hours 30

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES:

  • There are more that 30 credit hours listed in the First Year Courses chart. Students should choose 30 credit hours from the list, and complete the remaining courses in Year 2.
  • Additional upper-year courses are required. For a full list of Pre-Optometry courses, see the University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science Academic Requirements page.
  • BIOL 1020, BIOL 1030, CHEM 1300, and CHEM 1310 are prerequisites for required second year courses. It is recommended to complete these in Year 1.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FROM UNIVERSITY 1 (TO SCIENCE):

  • Plan to transit to the Faculty of Science (life science program or general science program) after completing University 1.
  • Consider the completion of a Science degree in preparation for study in Optometry. The courses listed above provide a foundation for a Life Sciences program while completing your pre‑professional study in the Faculty of Science.

SCHOOL OF OPTOMETRY & VISION SCIENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO ADMISSION INFORMATION:

For full details, see the University of Waterloo Optometry Admissions page.
Minimum Credit Hours: 90 credit hours (with specific courses) over 3 years with a full course load.
Minimum Course Load:

A full course load consisting of 30 credit hours in each academic year is required.

Minimum GPA:

See the University of Waterloo Optometry Academic Requirements for details.

Additional Requirements: Optometry Admissions Test (OAT), Citizenship, English Language Requirements, Non‑academic Application Sections, Interview.

HIGH SCHOOL PREREQUISITES FOR UNIVERSITY-LEVEL COURSES:

  • Biology 40S minimum 50% required.
  • Chemistry 40S minimum 50% required.
  • Math 40S (Pre-Calculus) minimum 60% required. If taking MATH 1230 (M) or STAT 1150 (M), Math 40S (Pre-Calculus) minimum 70% required.
  • Physics 40S minimum 50% required.

NEED MORE INFORMATION

  • Visit the Visit the University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science website

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May 2017

 

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