Program Description

The Pre-Optometry program at BSC provides core classes toward a baccalaureate degree for students planning a career in optometry. Because optometry schools differ in their requirements, BSC offers an extended associate degree program (more than 60 credits) and a variety of courses required by optometry schools. Core study includes general chemistry and biology, organic chemistry, college physics, and algebra and trigonometry or calculus. Other required optometry courses available at BSC are anatomy and physiology, microbiology and statistics.


High school students planning careers in Optometry should study as much science and math as possible. Those with a strong background in these subjects may finish the suggested BSC curriculum in two years. It is strongly encouraged that students spend a certain amount of hours observing a practicing optometrist.

Program Requirements

Students completing the suggested curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Science degree and are eligible for transfer to a four-year institution.

BSC has cooperative agreements with the University of North Dakota and several other four-year institutions that allow students to continue with a bachelor’s degree on the BSC campus. It is critical that those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer school and modify BSC’s suggested curriculum where necessary. Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

Optometry school applicants are selected based on academic ability, letters of reference from instructors, and score on the Optometric College Admission Test. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 to complete this exam with an acceptable score. Consult for more information



Deb Shipman • Jack Science Center 201B

Associate in Science

College degree requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits76
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Electives (Required)  
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Lab 1
MATH 105 Trigonometry 1 2
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Math, Science & Technology  
BIOL 150 General Biology I 3
BIOL 150L General Biology I Lab 1
BIOL 151 General Biology II 3
BIOL 151L General Biology II Lab 1
MATH 103 College Algebra 1 4
MICR 202 Introductory Microbiology 3
MICR 202L Introductory Microbiology Lab 1
2nd Year
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Electives (Required)  
CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 241L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II 2 4
CHEM 242L Organic Chemistry II Lab 2 1
MATH 165 Calculus I 4
MATH 210 Elementary Statistics 3
PHYS 211 College Physics I 3
PHYS 211L College Physics I Lab 1
PHYS 212 College Physics II 3
PHYS 212L College Physics II Lab 1
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science courses) 3
 Total Credits76