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.
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
|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
|PSYC 1200 Introduction to Psychology||6|
|STAT 1000 (M) Basic Statistical Analysis 1 or
STAT 1150 (M) Introduction to Statistics and Computing
|English Literature course at the 1000 level||6|
|Philosophy (Ethics) course||3|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
|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.
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.|