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Knox-Illinois College of Optometry Combined Degree Program

This program provides you with the opportunity to work toward your Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree at Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) after three years at Knox. Applicants are selected by ICO in their third year after successfully completing curriculum requirements. In addition to demonstrating a strong academic record, applicants will be interviewed by a Knox selection committee and ICO representatives prior to admission.

To be eligible, you must complete your academic major and fulfill all general education requirements for your Knox bachelor's degree in three years. Your first year in the optometry program will count as your final year at Knox, and you'll receive your bachelor's degree with your graduating class. You also must:

  • complete at least 27 credits with at least a 3.1 grade point average
  • be in residence on the Knox campus at least six terms and have earned at least 18 Knox credits
  • complete all requirements for the Knox degree except that the last credit and terms before the degree be in residence
  • be recommended for the program by the Dean of the College or, upon request, by the faculty program advisor


Knox-Illinois College of Optometry Course Requirements

ICO Prerequisite Knox Course Number and Title
General Biology BIOL 110 Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity and
BIOL 120 Cell Biology and Physiology and
BIOL 130 Molecular Biology and Genetics
Microbiology BIOL 323/333 Microbiology
Chemistry CHEM 101 General Chemistry I and
CHEM 102 General Chemistry II and
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I
Physics PHYS 110 Mechanics and
PHYS 120 Heat, Waves, and Light and
PHYS 130 Electricity and Magnetism
Calculus MATH 140 Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I or
MATH 151 Calculus I
Statistics or Research Methods STAT 200 Introductory Statistics or
BIOL 210 Introduction to Research or
PSYC 281 Research Methods and Statistics I
Psychology One course in psychology
Social Science One course in the social sciences
Upper Level Biology BCHM 265 Cell Biology or
BIOL 325 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy or
BIOL 328 Physiology or
BIOL 329 Histology
All required courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
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