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2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Bachelor of Arts 

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. All applicants are interviewed by representatives of Providence College and the New England College of Optometry.

Suggested Sequence: Biology/Optometry (B.A.)

Sophomore Sem. 1

Junior Sem. 1

Junior Sem. 2

Biology Elective 4 Credits
Science Elective (Statistics recommended) 3 Credits
Social Science Elective 3 Credits
Fine Arts Elective 3 Credits
Theology Elective 3 Credits
(OAT - complete by February)


First Year at NECO

Science Elective*


*Credits to complete the B.A. degree in biology will be met from among the first-year courses at NECO including Systems Physiology, Microbiology, Immunology, Genetics, Neuroanatomy, Cellular Physiology/Biochemistry/Molecular Pathology I and II.

Biology electives may be from any of the following:

All biology majors must successfully complete at least three courses, which include a lab component. Students pursuing the B.S. degree must complete an additional two courses from this list.

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

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