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  Sep 21, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology/Optometry


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Bachelor of Science 

Combined Degree Program with New England College of Optometry

This program is designed for the highly motivated student with a professional goal in optometry. It allows for completion of the B.A. or B.S. degree in biology and the O.D. degree (doctor of optometry) in seven years, rather than the usual eight.

The first three years at Providence College offer a blend of liberal arts, basic, and biological sciences, which will prepare students for professional study. The next four years at New England College of Optometry (NECO) provide the course work required to complete the Providence College baccalaureate degree as well as the professional training required for the doctoral degree in optometry.

The combined program is designed for the academically outstanding student, especially in math and science, who has a strong and realistic motivation toward the optometric profession. Applications are accepted after completion of one semester at Providence College. All applicants are interviewed by representatives of Providence College and the New England College of Optometry.

The Combined Degree Program with New England College of Optometry fulfills the Core Focus/Concentration requirement by virtue of completing all requirements for the degree(s). This is applicable provided the following:

  1. Students enroll in five (5) course per semester (in addition to any 1-credit requirements), beginning with the second semester of freshman year.
  2. Students will not have any free electives, and will work closely with their faculty advisor to plan course schedules that fulfill all major and Core requirements.
  3. Students will have more flexibility if they are able to fulfill proficiency requirements with courses that also meet major or Core Foundational requirements.

Please Note:


Academic programs vary in their requirements. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and the Academic Guidebook to review the Academic Planning Form pertinent to their program of study. In addition, students should review course descriptions regarding any prerequisites for required courses. Graduation requirements include a minimum of 120 credit hours, although some academic programs may require additional credits. Please refer to the Academic Resources  section of the catalog for more information. Information regarding the Core Curriculum is available within each course and online.

Required Courses


Biology electives may be from any of the following:


Either Research (BIO 395, 396, 495 or 496) OR Internship (BIO 450) will count as a biology elective, not both, and any additional courses under these numbers will count as free electives.

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