Flexibility and service in one career.

Those who pursue optometry enjoy being able to help people improve one of our most prized senses. Pre-optometry is not a major at Southeast Missouri State University, but it is possible to gain preparation for optometry school while pursuing any academic major in the University.

What You'll Do

Most students find that 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.

Outcomes & Careers

  • $126k


    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an optometrist is $125,590.

  • $40k


    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an optician is $39,610.

  • $220k


    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an ophthalmologist physician is $219,810. Please note ophthalmologists attend medical school rather than professional school, which is the path for optometrists.

What You’ll Study

Because there is no pre-optometry degree, you’ll select another area to complete your undergraduate degree. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.


Hands-on Learning

You’ll gain hands-on real-world experience through research opportunities and internships.

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

Become a Redhawk.

Do more than dream about the future. Take the first steps to make it all happen.

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