Optometry

University of Waterloo


  • Required: Three years (45.0 units minimum) of pre-professional study (BSc)
  • Study for: Four years at the University of Waterloo
  • Degree awarded: Doctor of Optometry (OD)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, candidates must complete at least three full years of Bachelor of Science studies at a post-secondary institution (45.0 units of coursework), including the necessary prerequisite courses, and have:

  • a minimum overall average of 75% on all university-transferrable coursework (with five courses per term for six terms), and
  • write the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) prior to the published deadline (OAT scores will be used when evaluating admissibility and are valid for a period of two years).
  • CASPer (Computer-based Assessment for Sampling personal Characteristics)

Required prerequisite courses

UVic year one Prerequisites
Any English course
BIOL 186 & 184 Biology 11 or 12 (Note 1)
CHEM 101 Chemistry 11 or 12 (Note 2) Mathematics 12
MATH 100 , 102 or 109 Mathematics 12 (Note 3)
PHYS 110 & 111 or Physics 12 and Mathematics 12
PHYS 120 & 130 (Note 4) Physics 12 and Mathematics 12 (with a "B" in each)
PSYC 100A
Remaining requirements Prerequisites
CHEM 231 CHEM 101
BIOC 299 CHEM 231
MICR 200A
PHIL 232 or 331
EPHE 241 & 242 EPHE 141 (for 241)
STAT 255 or 1.5 units of 100-level or above MATH
STAT 260 MATH 101 or 208 (may be taken concurrently)

Note 1: Chemistry 11 or 12 is strongly recommended for BIOL 186.
Note 2: Students lacking Chemistry 12 must also enroll in CHEM 091 if they wish to take CHEM 102.
Note 3: Prerequisite for MATH 100 or 109 is a grade of “B” or higher in Mathematics 12 or Pre-calculus 12, or a PASS on the MATH 100 or 109 pretest, or MATH 120
Note 4: Pre or corequisite for PHYS 110 & 111: MATH 100109 or 102; for PHYS 120: MATH 100 or 109; for PHYS 130: MATH 101


Contact information

School of Optometry and Vision Science
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1


Please note: This information is provided as a planning tool only. Requirements change from year to year and while every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, in all cases the information provided by the institution offering the program in question should be considered the authority.