The Pre-Optometry program is a one of HBU’s Health Professions Programs. It is designed to help prepare you to apply to optometry schools. The state of Texas has two optometry schools: The University of Houston and University of the Incarnate Word. Each optometry school has their own set of pre-requisite courses and students can fulfill these prerequisites at HBU in our pre-optometry program. The following courses are often required by optometry schools. Students must check with schools for exact requirements.
- General Biology (BIOL 2454, 2455, 3301)
- Advanced Human Anatomy & General Physiology (BIOL 3454, 3456)
- Microbiology (BIOL 3414)
- General Chemistry (CHEM 2415, 2416)
- Organic Chemistry (CHEM 3313, 3131)
- Math ( 1434, 1451)
- Physics (PHYS 1416, 1417)
- Statistics (PSYC 2301 OR MATH 3401)
- Psychology (PSYC 1313)
- English (ENGL 1320, 1330)
Please be aware that pre-optometry is not a major. You should select a major based on your area of interest, but science majors are recommended in order to satisfy many of the prerequisite courses while you pursue your HBU degree. Biochemistry-Molecular Biology, Biology or Chemistry majors are especially compatible with the above designated courses and are recommended by the Health Professions Office. Additional elective courses, beyond those needed for graduation, may be necessary to complete all the pre-optometry pre-requisites so that students are ready to apply to optometry schools.
Mrs. Cathy Capes is the Health Professions Director. She is available for advising and questions on selecting majors, extracurricular activities, leadership experience, community service and clinical experience by e-mail or by making an appointment.
Meet with other Pre-Optometry Students
HBU has a student group for all students interested in a career in optometry. HBU POPS, the Pre-Optometry Professional Society, meets monthly where students learn about the daily work and cutting-edge technology from optometrists in the field. They also hear from optometry schools concerning the optometry admissions process. The group also visits optometry schools and participates in optometry-related community service projects. Please contact Dr. Jackie Peltier Horn, faculty sponsor, for more information.
HBU alumni can be found in optometry schools across the county such as…
•University of Houston
•University of Incarnate Word
“It’s always good to go back home. After graduating with my bachelor’s and dual master’s degrees from HBU, I went on to work in the business arena. The prevailing economic climate as well as an internal desire for something more prompted me to go back to school. Although I hadn’t been back to HBU in several years and the campus had transformed itself, my dedicated professors were still around and willing to talk with me as well as write my recommendations for optometry school. Without exception, all of them were proud of what I had already accomplished but supportive and excited about what I set out to do. I know that the knowledge they imparted to me in class as well as their loving advice will serve me well as I start this next chapter of my life in optometry school!”
Zubin Chacko, The University of Houston College of Optometry