What will I learn?

A Bachelor's degree, either B.A. or B.S., is required for admission into optometry school. Students may major in any subject, but the most common majors are Biological Sciences, Biochemistry or Chemistry due to the overlap between the degree requirements and entrance requirements for optometry school. It is not possible to earn a degree in "pre-optometry." All courses listed below must be completed prior to matriculation to the School of Optoometry, but it is not necessary to have completed all the courses listed prior to submitting an application for admission.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (82 credit hours)

Start date

Expected January, August 2022


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Wiekamp Hall 3300C,



46634, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have the completion of individual IB school graduation requirements. English Language Requirements: Minimum TOEFL score of 71 or higher on the internet-based; TOEFL score 530 or higher paper-based exam; IELTS - 6.0 or higher; Pearson Test of English, Academic: 48 or higher; WAEC's Senior Secondary Certificate of Examinations (SSCE): A or B; Ordinary Level Certificate: A or B; Cambridge International O Levels: C or higher; (Test in Practical English Proficiency) "EIKEN": Pre-1 or higher.

For international students

All required courses must have letter grades; no courses taken on a Pass/Fail basis are accepted and credit by exam (such as AP or IB credit) is not accepted. Students interested in premedical coursework at IU South Bend should contact the pre-health professions.

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