Pre-Professional Pathways are not offered as majors at Western, nor are they at most other universities, but they can be incorporated into or taken alongside any degree-granting major offered at Western.
Optometry is not a major at Western. Western offers undergraduate coursework that addresses prerequisites of most optometry programs but optometry programs vary in admissions requirements. General requirements include at least one year of Biology, Chemistry (general and organic), General Physics, English, and College Math. Research schools of your choice to confirm a list of all required courses.
Optometry schools emphasize the importance of a liberal arts education and do not recruit students from one specific major or discipline, thus you have flexibility in planning your Pre-Optometry educational program. Pre-Optometry students at Western use their undergraduate years to explore many academic fields, to develop basic skills and knowledge, to demonstrate expertise, and to experience a major of their choice. Pick a major in which you excel and enjoy. Majors of recent Pre-Optometry students include Anthropology, Art, Behavioral Neuroscience, Biology, Geology, Math, Psychology, and Spanish.
Beyond the Classroom
Western's Pre-Healthcare Professions Advising Office provides mentoring and advising to students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare professions. The office works with students to enhance their chances of gaining successful admission to the professional school of their choice. Services range from individual academic advisement to preparing students for the final application process.
Western's Associated Students is home to 200+ clubs, including those for students pursuing healthcare professions.
Careers and Graduate Studies
Twenty-one accredited optometry schools in the U.S. and Puerto Rico offer the Doctor of Optometry (OD). Admission is highly selective and includes evaluation of: Optometry Admission Test (OAT), GPA (cumulative and science), letters of recommendation, exposure to the profession, extracurricular and community activities, and personal interview, as well as legal and social records.