What will I learn?

Students interested in optometry as a profession should elect a four-year degree program (major) that adequately prepares them for entry into optometry school. Most students choose biology or chemistry as a major. Pre-optometry students may, however, major in any subject, but should make sure that the selected major offers sufficient free electives so that all the courses required by optometry school ls can be taken. Course requirements vary widely from one school to the next, and students should consult the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) website for a detailed list of requirements for each school. To quote from the ASCO web site, “General requirements for all schools include: at least a year of Biology or Zoology, General Chemistry, General Physics, English, and College Mathematics. Contact the school or college of your choice to confirm.” Please note there is considerable variation especially with regard to the organic chemistry requirement. Some schools require one semester, others two, and some allow biochemistry to substitute for one semester of organic.

Which department am I in?

College of Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Variable)

Application deadline

Expected October 2021

Start date

26 January 2022


College of Sciences

1100 Science Building, University of New Orleans,

2000 Lakeshore Drive,



70148, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale) for their undergraduate degree.

For international students

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree.

English Language Scores: TOEFL 70; IELTS 6.0, Duolingo English Test – Minimum 95.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The University of New Orleans

Set on a beautiful 195-acre campus, The University of New Orleans has provided comprehensive courses and educational excellence for over 60 years.

  • The only public research university in New Orleans
  • One of the nation’s best colleges (Princeton Review)
  • No. 1 university in Louisiana for ethnic diversity
  • 80% of teaching faculty have a doctorate or terminal degree