Joint Biology/Optometry Program with SUNY State College of Optometry

The following program outline is for the students who plan to apply to the joint program with SUNY State College of Optometry. This program is available only to those admitted as freshmen; transfer students are ineligible. This program requires that students complete three years (90 credits) of study at The University at Albany with a major in Biology, BS degree. Students attend SUNY-Optometry for the fourth year of study, (and pay SUNY-Optometry tuition), beginning the first year of their professional program. With the completion of the fourth year of study, the University at Albany will accept as transfer credits – twenty-four credits of Biology and six credits of Physics electives. Students in this program should take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) during the third year at the University at Albany. Students should prepare their pre-health file for evaluation by the Pre-Health Committee for the spring semester of their sophomore year.

The following course sequence is suggested:

Fall Semester - Year 1 Spring Semester - Year 1
  • ABIO 120 + 122 (lab) 4 credits
  • ACHM 120 + 124 (lab) 4 credits
  • AMAT 112 (Calculus I) 4 credits
  • General Education Requirement 3 credits
  • Total 15 credits
  • ABIO 121 + 123 (lab) 4 credits
  • ACHM 121 + 125 (lab) 4 credits
  • AMAT 108 (Statistics) 3 credits
  • General Education Requirement 3 credits
  • UUNL 206X 1 credit
  • Total 15 credits
Fall Semester - Year 2 Spring Semester - Year 2
  • ABIO 212Y (Genetics) 4 credits
  • ACHM 220 + 222 (lab) 4 credits
  • APHY 105 + 106 (lab) 4 credits
  • General Education Requirement 3 credits
  • Total 15 credits
  • ABIO elective 3 or 4 credits
  • ACHM 221 + 223 (lab) 4 credits
  • APHY 108 + 109 (lab) 4 credits
  • General Education Requirement 3 credits
  • Total 14/15 credits
Fall Semester - Year 3 Spring Semester - Year 3
  • ABIO elective 3 or 4 credits*
  • ABIO elective 3 or 4 credits*
  • APSY 101 - 3 credits
  • AENG 100Z - 3 credits
  • General Education Requirement 3 credits
  • Total 15/17 credits
  • ABIO elective 3 or 4 credits*
  • ABIO elective 3 or 4 credits*
  • 300/400 level Writing Intensive Course 3 credits
  • AENG (literature course) 3 credits
  • General Education Requirement 3 credits
  • Total 15/17 credits

*Very Important Notes:  The Biology electives MUST be 300-400-level courses in Biology, which are designated as courses which count toward the Biology Major.  The following courses, which will be taken during the first yer at SUNY Optometry, must not be used as Biology electives:  ABIO 303, 325, 341, 342, 365, 406, 410, and 411.

Ninety (90) credits of coursework MUST be completed on the UAlbany campus.
Therefore, if a student wishes to use pre-freshman credit, he/she must take other credits at UAlbany in order to have the total number of credits completed here equal 90 credits.  The Biology department requires students to take the General Biology courses here, rather than retaining credit for Advanced Placement in Biology.  Summer coursework completed between the first and second year, or between the second and third year at the University at Albany is acceptable for this program.


Because the number of general education courses a student is required to fulfill is dependent upon New York Regents Exam grades, a student may have to take summer school courses in order to complete all the general education requirements before transferring to SUNY-Optometry.

Fourth Year at SUNY Optometry

SUNY Optometry Courses University at Albany Equivalents
  • General Histology
  • Physiology and Biochemistry I
  • Physiology and Biochemistry II
  • Geometric Optics I
  • Gross Anatomy I
  • Neuroscience I
  • Geometric Optics II
  • Gross Anatomy II
  • Neuroscience II
  • Physical Optics
  • Total
  • ABIO 406 (4 credits)
  • ABIO 410/411 (5 credits)
  • ABIO 365 (3 credits)
  • APHY 010 (2 credits)
  • ABIO 303 (3 credits)
  • ABIO 342 (2 credits)
  • APHY 010 (2 credits)
  • ABIO 325 (4 credits)
  • ABIO 341 (3 credits)
  • APHY 010 (2 credits)
  • 30 credits

 

APPLICATION:
The selection of joint degree students will be based on written application materials, academic progress, and a personal interview. A minimum of a 3.3 grade point average on a scale of a 4.0 on undergraduate courses completed at the time of application is required.

The applicant should complete a pre-health file by the first Monday February of the sophomore year so that a pre-health advisory committee interview and evaluation can be completed.  For further details, please consult the Pre-Health Advisor.

GPA required for the Biology BS degree:
A minimum of a 2.0 grade point average is required for all courses, including those within the major. Credit with the grade of "D" may be used to fulfill the requirements of the combined major and minor in Biology (BS) only if balanced at the same institution by credit with grades of "A" or "B" earned within the combined major and minor.

Contact:  The University at Albany, Pre-Health Advisor: (518) 442-3974.