The College of Optometry at Pacific University offers a Bachelor of Applied Vision Science (BAVS) degree in collaboration with institutions in China and Taiwan. It engages students in the study of the visual system, with an emphasis on behavioral optometry, our core perspective. We believe that vision and eye health are foundational to people’s success and enjoyment of life – throughout their lives. This degree is designed to prepare a student for opportunities in clinical, corporate, and other professional settings in Asia.
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Vision science is a broad and growing field. It encompasses numerous disciplines such as anatomy, physiology, psychophysics, optics, neuroanatomy, pathology, eye movements, perception, and color vision among others. The BAVS program provides the student with a broad understanding of vision science and also in depth clinical knowledge and skills in five selective areas, including vision diagnosis, low vision rehabilitation, binocular vision, contact lenses and sports vision.
Each student will complete a core curriculum in clinically oriented vision science, and elective seminars in two of the above five areas under the guidance of faculty instructors. Faculty of the College of Optometry have expertise in numerous fields including contact lenses, ocular disease, binocular vision, sports vision, vision performance, and low vision among others. The BAVS program offers the student a well-structured knowledge base and integrated practical skills in vision science, enabling the student to develop expertise in behavioral optometry and contact lenses.