On this page we’ll go over the basic requirements. You can also visit our Applicant Profile page to see GPA and test scores for our previous applicants.


The UC Berkeley Division of Graduate Studies requires a minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0.

Bachelor’s Degree

While we do not require a specific undergraduate major to apply to Berkeley Optometry, you must have or be in the process of completing a bachelor’s degree (i.e., in your senior year). This program must include the courses (or their course equivalents at other institutions) outlined in Courses Requirements (see below).

Course Requirements

The course numbers listed via the link below are for UC Berkeley courses. They are used as a point of comparison. Please review the descriptions carefully and note that these are minimum prerequisite course requirements. Completed courses must have been taken for letter grades, although courses for which AP credit was given are acceptable if listed on an official college transcript. Students who have completed a more difficult course are not required to enroll in the basic course. All prerequisite courses do not have to be completed at the point of application, but the probability of admission may be reduced if more than four prerequisite courses are outstanding.

Course Requirement Checklist

Please be sure to fill out the Course Requirement Checklist via the button below. UC Berkeley course descriptions are included in the checklist to provide examples of expected content. Compare UC Berkeley’s descriptions to your community college and/or four-year institution and research equivalencies to enter in the form.

Course Requirements Course Equivalencies Checklist

Essential Abilities

Essential abilities and characteristics required for completion of the OD degree consist of certain minimum physical and cognitive abilities and sufficient mental and emotional stability to assure that candidates for admission, promotion, and graduation are able to complete the entire course of study and participate fully in all aspects of optometric training.

Essential Abilities