Learning Outcomes | BSVS Degree Option

Students who have earned the Bachelor of Science in Vision Science (BSVS) degree will have completed:

35 semester credits in the natural sciences and will:

  • use scientific methods and reasoning within the context of the natural sciences
  • recognize the distinctive nature and limits of scientific knowledge: that it is an evolving model of the natural world, discovered and verified through experimentation and observation

12 semester credits in the Social Sciences and will:

  • be familiar with social science approaches to the explanation of social or psychological phenomena
  • use theory and concepts from social science to understand and/or address social or psychological phenomena, issues, and problems

12 semester credits in the Humanities and will:

  • analyze, interpret and evaluate texts critically as they relate to the humanities
  • develop their ability to communicate effectively and to persuasively defend and imaginatively convey ideas, knowledge, emotions and experiences
  • reflect on their own culture and values as they learn to understand and appreciate the values of other cultures, peoples, and areas within their own context

42.25 semester credits in professional courses in Optometric Science in their first year while enrolled in the College of Optometry and will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to acquire, analyze and apply new information in vision science
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills that integrate current knowledge and scientific advances in vision science
  • Have an understanding of professional ethics and challenges to the optometric profession posed by conflicts of interest inherent in health care delivery, and the ability to incorporate those principles into decisions affecting patient care, always keeping patient's welfare foremost
  • Have a working understanding of the basic organ systems, with special emphasis on the ocular and visual system and their interrelationships to the body as a whole
  • Have a working understanding of cellular, molecular and genetic basis of the development, physiology, and pathology as it relates to normal eye function and eye disease
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the optics of the eye
  • Have a working knowledge of the mechanisms of actions of the various classes of pharmaceutical agents
  • Understand basic concepts of behavioral optometric science
  • Understand the impact of community health care resources and delivery systems to improve access to care
  • Understand practice management structures and strategies as they pertain to the various practice settings