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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. Please contact us if you find discrepancies with our articulation; for instance, a change in the course number and title.

  • General Chemistry (Lecture and Lab): CHEM 1A, 1AL, 1B, 1BL, 1C, 1CL or CHEM 2A, 2AC, 2B, 2BC, 2C, 2CC
  • Organic Chemistry (Lecture and Lab): CHEM 109, 6AL
  • Biochemistry (Lecture only, Lab preferred): CHEM 112A or CHEM 142A or MCDB 108A
  • General Biology : MCDB 1A, 1AL, EEMB 2, 2L, 3, 3L
  • General Physics (Lecture and Lab): PHYS 6A, 6AL, 6B, 6BL, 6C, 6CL (preferred) or PHYS 3, 3L, 4, 4L, 5, 5L
  • Anatomy¬†(Lecture only, Lab strongly recommended)*
  • Human Physiology (Lecture and Lab): MCDB 111*
  • Microbiology (Lecture only, Lab optional): MCDB 131 or MCDB 139
  • Calculus: MATH 3A or MATH 34A
  • Statistics: PSTAT 5LS or PSTAT120A
  • Reading & Comp: 3 quarters of a writing intensive course
  • Psychology: PSY 1 or Equivalent

*Note: UCSB does not offer an Anatomy course or a Physiology lab. Students must complete these prerequisites at any community college or any accredited four-year institution. Please note that all labs must be completed in a traditional classroom setting