Optometrists are independent, primary health care providers who examine, diagnose and treat disease and disorders of the eye and visual system. This includes:

Measurement and prescription for glasses and contacts
Diagnosis and treatment of eye coordination and focusing issues
Treatment of eye diseases such as glaucoma
Detection of systemic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure
Non-invasive surgical procedures

Areas of sub-specialty include low vision rehabilitation, pediatric eye care,  and geriatric eye care, vision therapy, sports vision, and ocular disease.

CSU Recommended Coursework

These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution.
Requirement Recommended CSU Course(s)
General Biology, 2 semesters LIFE 102 and LIFE 103
General Chemistry, 2 semesters CHEM 111/112 and CHEM 113/114
Organic Chemistry, 1 semester CHEM 245/246
Biochemistry, 1 semester BC351
Human Anatomy, 1 semester w/ lab BMS 301
Physiology, 1 semester w/ lab BMS 300/302 or BMS 360/302
Microbiology, 1 semester w/ lab  MIP 300/302
General Physics, 2 semesters w/ lab PH 121 and PH 122 or PH 141 and PH 142
English/Writing, 2 semesters CO 150, CO 300/301 or JTC 300/302
Calculus, 1 semester MATH 155 or MATH 160
Psychology, 1 semester PSY 100
Statistics, 1 semester STAT201, 301, or 307