Bachelor of Science in Vision Science (BSVS)*

The BSVS is for highly motivated, well qualified students who want to fast-track their optometry education. Students pursuing this option would be able to complete both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree in a total of seven years, reducing both the time to career entry and total cost of education by one year. Candidates would complete the general education requirements for a Bachelor of Science and the OD prerequisites in the first three years of their undergraduate career. Then, if admitted to the Ohio State College of Optometry, the courses taken in the first year of the OD program would be applied to the BSVS and the degree would be awarded in the spring of that year, thus allowing students to graduate with their undergraduate cohort. Students would then complete the remaining three years of the OD program.

Students interested in pursuing this option should work with the pre-health advisors in the College of Arts and Sciences on the following steps:

  • Declare a major of their choice for the first three years
  • Make a plan to complete all Bachelor of Science general education requirements and the Doctor of Optometry prerequisites in three years
  • Apply for the Ohio State Doctor of Optometry (OD) program in the second year of undergraduate education. (See all admissions requirements)
  • Once admitted to the OD program, declare BSVS major

Please note:

  • Admission to the Ohio State Doctor of Optometry program is not guaranteed and students must follow all standard admissions requirements and procedures.
  • This option is only available for Ohio State students in the College of Arts and Sciences and admitted to the Ohio State College of Optometry.
  • Students who are not admitted to the Doctor of Optometry program in their third year can continue in the College of Arts and Sciences to earn a bachelor degree and are welcome to re-apply to the OD program the following year under the traditional track.

*Only open to students enrolled in the College of Optometry

Integrated Major in Math and English (IMME)

The Integrated Major in Math and English (IMME) is a an innovative program designed to prepare students with high-level skills in both Mathematics and English stressing an integrated, complementary mastery of these disciplines. Four Mathematics concentration areas are available: Finance/Actuarial, Applied, Math Pre-Education, and Theoretical. These are combined with a strong foundation in English including composition and methods, and an opportunity for students to choose electives matching their interests.

IMME majors take a capstone course that provides an opportunity to integrate and apply the full range of knowledge and skills they have acquired through their previous coursework to real-world practice. This capstone course combines both professional development and leadership seminars and a capstone project on a topic chosen from real-world challenges submitted from community and industry partners. Students who complete this capstone course will have a broader understanding of their own personal strengths and which jobs might require their particular set of skills, thus resulting in a student who is more prepared for entering the workforce.

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Statistics (BS)

Statistics, the science of decision making under uncertainty, is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. By understanding statistics, you can make sound decisions based on data and models of the world. The study of statistics encompasses study design and the collection, assessment and curation of data; the building of formal statistical models to capture an abstraction of reality; and the rules of probability upon which those models rest.

In Ohio State's statistics program, students will explore each of these areas in their course work. They will also develop statistical, computational and numerical skills that are applicable in fields including agriculture, business, education, science and engineering, finance, medicine, and the social sciences.

Upon completion of the statistics program, students will:

  • be proficient at exploratory data analysis using graphical and computational tools;
  • understand mathematical concepts relevant to statistical theory, and will be adept at applying these concepts to statistical models for data, such as those arising in business and the physical, biological and social sciences; 
  • be able to assess whether hypotheses are supported by data and to quantify uncertainty in parameter estimates and models; 
  • be able to develop, fit, assess and compare statistical models in a formal probabilistic framework;
  • be able to communicate the results of a statistical analysis (in both oral and written formats) in a manner appropriate to the audience.

Pre-Health

At Ohio State, "pre-health" is not a major. It is an officially-recognized area of academic interest. Identifying your pre-professional interest will enable your college advisor, your major advisor, and your pre-professional advisor to provide you with a wide range of support to realize your goals. Interested in health professions such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, or physical therapy? Besides providing basic information on such careers, the purpose of the pre-health program is to help current or prospective Ohio State students locate a pre-health advisor on campus.

What is pre-health?

This is a designation for those who seek admission to health professional programs, usually upon completion of a baccalaureate (BA, BS, etc.) degree. While the “well-known” fields including medicine and dentistry continue to draw interest, we encourage students to explore other options—all of which lead to satisfying careers in which one can make a difference.

The term pre-health can also refer to students interested in four-year degree programs that lead directly to health careers upon graduation. To name a few, these include nursing, dental hygiene, medical technology, and medical dietetics. (All of these programs are available at Ohio State.)

An excellent starting point to explore health career possibilities is the online Occupational Outlook Handbook

Why choose a career in the health professions?

Students are drawn to the health professions for many reasons. Some have relatives or parents who are actively involved as physicians, nurses, researchers, optometrists, dentists, etc. This was their first introduction to the health professions, and they have experienced it first hand. Other students have an inner “call” or sense of responsibility to become care-givers and healers to those who need health assistance and direction. Still other students have their first interaction with the health professions through interaction with other students in their science majors, research experience, and the support groups/clubs associated with their majors. Many are seeking a career where they can serve their community and country as responsible citizens, and enjoy their chosen field as a day-to-day activity.

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