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Looking for a pre-optometry track that will help prepare you to succeed in the optometry program of your choice? Let UC’s pre-optometry emphasis with majors in biology or chemistry help get you there. Advisors are available in both disciplines to help you plan the course of study with the classes that best fit your needs. Plus, they understand the entrance procedures and requirements of various post-baccalaureate programs.

While you have the option to choose to major in just about any subject, as long as required courses are completed, most professional schools in optometry prefer students who have completed courses in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and have a strong background in English, humanities and social sciences. The ability to solve scientific problems and a broad undergraduate education are considered essential for the pre-professional student.

In preparation for admission to optometry school, you should consult bulletins from your chosen school for specific entrance requirements.


Pre-optometry is a program of study that prepares you for a full optometry program. Optometry is the study of vision and the eyes, and typically requires courses in chemistry, biology, math, and even humanities.

And where should you go for your pre-optometry program in Kentucky? University of the Cumberlands. We’re here for you.


Studying pre-optometry prepares you for your application to optometry school, learning & satisfying course requirements for most programs. Our pre-optometry program is not actually a major in pre-optometry, it’s a major in biology or chemistry with specific optometry-related courses.


The costs for the pre-optometry program at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees. 

For a brighter future, keep your eye on the ball–begin with the right pre-optometry track at UC. Fill out the form on this page and find out what UC can do to help your optometry school journey!

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