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UC Merced

Optometry Prerequisites

UC Merced

As listed in the 2015-2016 course catalog

The following is a list of recommended courses at this institution that will fulfill the minimum prerequisites for Berkeley Optometry. Advanced upper-division courses in these subjects may be substituted for any of the lower division courses listed below. Courses have to be taken for a letter grade. Courses for which AP credit was received may be counted as long as they are listed on your college transcript. Our office has updated these courses to the best of our knowledge based upon the school catalog.

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  1. General Chemistry: CHEM 2, 10
  2. Organic Chemistry: CHEM 100 and 100L
  3. Biochemistry: CHEM 111 or BIO 101
  4. General Biology: BIO 1, 1L, 2, and 2L
  5. Calculus: MATH 11 or 21
  6. General Physics: PHYS 8, 9, 10 or PHYS 18,19
  7. Reading & Composition: WRI 1, 10 (or equivalent) or WRI 30, WRI 116 (preferred)
  8. Microbiology: BIO 120 (optional – 120L)
  9. Immunology: BIO 151
  10. Anatomy: BIO 164
  11. Physiology: BIO 161
  12. Statistics: BIO 175 or MATH 18 or MATH 32
  13. Psychology: PSY 1 (or equivalent)