Bachelor of Science in Biology or Biological Chemistry (Pre-Optometry Track)
Optometrists examine, diagnose and treat conditions of the eyes. They are also trained to detect systemic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and arteriosclerosis as well as glaucoma, cataracts and other serious vision problems. Our Pre-Optometry program is designed to help students succeed in gaining acceptance to optometry school after graduating from Evangel.
The Evangel University Department of Natural and Applied Sciences is dedicated to the spiritual, academic and social growth of every student. The department’s purpose is to provide an excellent scientific education that is thoroughly integrated with the University’s emphasis on the development of strong Christian character. Within this framework, students must contend with new scientific, social, ethical and technological challenges. Students learn to communicate technical concepts clearly and effectively and exhibit analytical thinking and problem solving skills.
Our Pre-Optometry curriculum is tailored to provide the knowledge that students need for success on the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) and admission to a graduate school accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE). Most pre-optometry students choose a major in biology or biological chemistry. The rigors demanded by courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics challenge the students to successfully prepare for their future careers.
Program Plan (pdf)
|Want to see exactly what classes you will take? The Program Plan (sometimes called a degree sheet) includes all specific requirements - including University proficiencies, Frameworks courses and degree requirements.|
Each of Evangel's academic programs is made up of a set of core curriculum, program requirements and electives. The courses listed below are just a small sample of courses that might be taken as a part of this specific program.
|Microbiology||Study of microorganisms and their growth and control. Emphasis on prokaryotic cells, especially bacteria of medical, ecological, and industrial importance. Required for Biology and Biological Chemistry majors.|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology I||Introduction to the study of human anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on the roles of homeostasis and pathology and their interactions. Intended for students interested in health-related careers, such as medicine, dentistry, physician's assistant, and physical therapy.|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology II||Second half of the introductory course in human anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on the roles of homeostasis and pathology and their interactions. Intended for students interested in a health-related career, such as medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, and physical therapy.|
|Molecular and Classical Genetics||Genetics topics that were covered broadly in general biology are studied in depth. Emphasis is placed on linking classical transmission genetics, molecular genetics, human genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics.|
|Biochemistry||Chemistry related to life processes in plants and animals, including enzymes and metabolism as well as carbohydrate, lipid, protein, and nucleic acid chemistry.|
Evangel University's world-class faculty is made up of caring, Christian professionals who are distinguished in their fields and dedicated to the development of tomorrow's Christian leaders.
Professor of biology Dr. Michael Tenneson has a passion for teaching and mentoring students who aspire to the enter the field of science. He was raised in Napa, California, and recognized early on that he had a special appreciation for the animals he cared for on his family’s small farm. He holds post-graduate degrees in […] read more
No special requirements for this program.
General Undergraduate Requirements
The following are general requirements for all students beginning an undergraduate program at Evangel. For more information visit Undergraduate Admissions Requirements.
|Faith||As a boldly Christian university, all of our students have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.|
|Diploma||Graduation from high school, or having the equivalent of a high school diploma such as the General Education Development (GED) examination.|
|Core Subjects||A minimum of a 2.0 GPA in core college prep classes (English, math, social sciences and science with a lab)|
|Grade Average||A "C" average. However, in some cases, a student with a weak academic record may be considered. To remain at Evangel, however, the student must meet scholastic requirements.|
|Standardized Tests||>Entering freshmen should take the ACT or SAT test. The codes for Evangel are as follows: SAT: 6198. ACT: 2296.|
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