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Keystone College students who wish to earn an optometry degree can choose the pre-optometry degree program at Keystone College and receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology with a pre-optometry concentration.

This program is designed for students seeking a doctoral degree as an optometrist. Students complete their undergraduate study at Keystone and then continue at other highly respected institutions to pursue their graduate or doctoral degrees.

3 + 4 Doctor of Optometry Degree Program

Students who successfully complete a minimum of 90 credit hours in the pre-optometry program at Keystone and meet all additional requirements may apply for admission into Salus’ Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s doctor of optometry program. Keystone will confer a bachelor of science degree to students who successfully complete Phase I and year one of Phase II. Salus will confer the doctor of optometry degree to students who successfully complete the remaining Phase II requirements.

The OD program, referred to as the “three plus four” program, is comprised of two phases: the pre-optometry curriculum at Keystone and the doctor of optometry degree program at Salus.

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Biology Pre-Optometry B.S. Degree

In addition to the General Education requirements and the Institutional Learning Outcomes for all majors, the following courses are a sampling of what is required for graduation with a Biology Degree, Pre-Optometry Concentration.

Semester 1  

  • Gen Biology I
  • Gen Chemistry I
  • College Writing I
  • First-Year Seminar
  • Medical Terminology
  • Critical Reading 0/2

Semester 2

  • Gen Biology II
  • Gen Chemistry II
  • Speech Communications
  • College Writing II
  • Calculus I or Pre-Calc

Semester 3   

  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Moral: (Bioethics Recommended)
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Calculus I or Free Elective
  • GenEd Elective

Semester 4  

  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Microbiology
  • Quantitative Elective (Statistics)
  • Arts & Humanities Elective

Semester 5  

  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry I
  • Statistics & Research
  • General Physics I
  • Social & Cultural Elective (General Psychology)

Semester 6    

  • Tech Elective (PC Office Application Recommended)
  • Science Literacy: Nutrition
  • Biochemistry II
  • Developmental Psych or higher
  • Gen Ed: Intro to Sociology
  • Experiential Learning

Semester 7  

  • Intro to Ecology
  • Free Elective 3000+: (Psychopathology)
  • M/S Elective (Cell Biology)
  • Biology Seminar & Research
  • Social & Cultural Elective

Semester 8   

  • Arts & Humanities Elective
  • Capstone Research Project or 3000+ Curricular Ele.
  • Virology or Immunology
  • PSYC 3000+ or higher
  • Free Elective 3000+

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with Career Services for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

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