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Course Requirements

Optometry school requirements

Although the UGA Premedical Studies Program does not have formal course requirements, optometry schools generally require at least one year of biology or zoology, general chemistry, general physics, English and college math. Contact the schools or colleges  directly or visit their websites to confirm prerequisite courses and to learn whether AP credits and/or online credits are accepted to complete prerequisites

Suggested course sequencing

These suggested courses are for students who have no AP credit. When selecting courses, remember that the OAT is often taken after fall semester of the junior year.

Year One
 General Chemistry I  General Chemistry II           Shadow or Volunteer
 Mathematics/Statistics /Precal           Mathematics/Statistics 2000/2100H MATH 2200/2250 (if not earlier)
 Core Courses* (ENGL 1101)  Core Courses (ENGL 1102)  




Year Two
 Organic Chemistry I**  Biochemistry 3100***         Shadow and volunteer
 Biology 1107/2107H  Biology 1108/2108H  
 Core Course/PSYC 1101  Core Course  




Year Three
 Physics I                  Physics II                  

 Late spring/early summer TAKE OAT

 VPHY 3100/CBIO 3710/ PMCY 3000**** (or take as offered) Genetics 3200*****             None or one summer class
Core Courses  OAT Review Plan MIBO 3500, MIBO 3510, CBIO 3000/L or 2200/L*****
Degree Requirements or CBIO 3000/L (if needed)**** Elective/Degree Requirements  







*Many optometry schools require one yr. English composition
**Many optometry schools do not require the second organic chemistry
***Biochemistry Majors: discuss with your biochemistry major advisor the BCMB 4010-4020 sequence.
*****Negotiate lab requirement with schools or substitute CBIO 2200/L & CBIO 2210/L. Consider CBIO 3000/L to pair with VPHY 3100  S:\PreMed\Premed website\GeneralFAQs\Anatomy and Physiology.docx
*****Genetics recommended for OAT prep (not required).  Therefore, VPHY 3100 may be taken in spring if offered.

Anatomy and Physiology Requirements

If a school where you want to apply has an anatomy and physiology requirement, there are two ways to satisfy that requirement at UGA.  The elements you must determine are if the school’s requirement can be satisfied by one or two semesters and if there is a lab attached to the requirement.  Students should discuss satisfying the requirement with the school in question prior to taking the course.
Option 1
If the requirement may be satisfied with upper division courses that also might count in your major (check with your UGA major advisor), then there is the option of taking VPHY 3100 (Elements of Physiology, fall or spring), CBIO 3710 (Principles of Physiology, most recently offered in summer), or PMCY 3000 (Human Physiology, with an emphasis upon drug interaction, most recently offered in fall) check prerequisites. However, VPHY 3100 and CBIO 3710 are three-hour credit classes without a lab. The student should discuss the acceptability of a course that lacks lab credit with an official of the school, prior to taking the class.
If the requirement is for two courses, the anatomy portion of an upper division sequence could be satisfied by CBIO 3000/L (Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, offered in fall and spring in recent years).
Option 2
The other option is the two lower division anatomy and physiology courses with accompanying labs, CBIO 2200/L and CBIO 2210/L (anatomy and physiology I and II). These are integrated system and function classes. Unless they are specifically required in or for a major/degree program, it is likely that they will be general electives and will only count for degree if you have sufficient general elective space to accommodate them. In the summer semesters when the course (/s) is offered, it is open to any student. During fall and spring semesters, sections/seats of these courses are set aside for specific majors. In order to register for one of these courses in fall or spring, you must email (prior to beginning of registration) Robin Fowler in the Cellular biology Department requesting the course including your 810/811 #, name, and your specific need for the course.    

Students who check with the schools requiring anatomy and physiology may find that the school can be satisfied with a portion of the requirement.