Pre-optometry is not a major at Southeast Missouri State University. It is possible to gain preparation for optometry school while pursuing any academic major in the university; however, most students find that the preponderance of biology coursework required by optometry schools, and for preparation for the OAT, makes the biomedical sciences option in biology an attractive major. The Biology: Biomedical Sciences option is designed especially for students in the pre-health professions.
Students should see the pre-optometry advisor during their first semester at Southeast. There are only 17 optometry schools in the United States, and the entrance requirements are quite similar with slight variations. Students should be familiar with the entrance requirements for several schools (for example, three schools require two semesters of organic chemistry) and prepare themselves appropriately so they could potentially be eligible for all of those schools. This planning is done in consultation with the pre-optometry advisor in the Department of Biology.