Applied Vision Science | BAVS

The College of Optometry at Pacific University offers a Bachelor of Applied Vision Science (BAVS) degree. It engages students in comprehensive study of the visual system, with an emphasis on behavioral optometry. This degree is designed to prepare a student for opportunities in clinical, corporate, and other professional settings.

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 lens and sports vision.

Each student will complete a core curriculum in clinical 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 well-structured knowledge and integrated practical skills in vision science, enabling the student to develop expertise in behavioral optometry and to perform independent clinical services.

Part-Time Assistant Professor
Part-Time Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Associate Professor & Associate Dean of Academic Programs
Assistant Professor/Director, EyeClinic Hillsboro
Associate Professor, Director of VS Graduate Programs
Associate Professor, Director of VPI Research
  • The BaVS program aims to prepare its graduates for the following career development:
  1. Ready to work in optometry fields with two clinical specialties.
  2. Ready for continuing professional education in related science and medical field.
  3. Prepare for further graduate studies in the field of Optometry.
  • PUCO Bachelor of Applied Vision Science (BaVA) requirements:
  1. Minimal graduation coursework: 124 credit hours
  2. Prerequisites (52 credit hours): 28 natural sciences with labs (including at least physics 8, biology/microbiology 4, biochemistry/organic chemistry 4, human physiology and anatomy 8, calculus 4), 12 humanities (English, philosophy, politics, history, etc.), 12 social sciences (including psychology/perceptual psychology 4, economy, finance and marketing, culture, and law).
  3. Graduates from eligible optometry programs could transfer total coursework of 80 credit hours, including:
  • 52 credit hours of existing general education pertaining to PUCO BaVS prerequisite coursework mentioned above.
  • 28 credit hours of general optometry transferable to PUCO BaVS degree, incluidng but nto limited to courses below:
    • Optometry theory & methods           
    • Refractive Techniques                     
    • Ophthalmology                                
    • Ophthalmic instrument                    
    • Lens Material and Processing         
    • Physiological Optics                        
    • Visual neurophysiology                   
    • Physical optics
    • Geometric optics                              
    • Ocular disorders and diseases
    • Binocular vision                             
    • Contact lens                                    

               4. PUCO will provide 12 credit hours of BaVS coursework for additional basic courses

  • English & Academic English Writing         8
  • Statistics                                                   4​

 

  • PUCO BaVS program admission requirement:
  1. Complete an at least 2 years of study in an optometry program.
  2. TOEFL 73 (537) or better; IELTS 5.5 or better.
  • PUCO BaVS Program Curriculum
  1. Designed for 12 months (4 semesters) of 44 credit coursework (12 Credit Hours of general education + 16 CH required optometry courses and thesis study + 16 CH elective for specialty clinic topics)
  2. Required General Vision Science/Optometry courses (16 credit hours):
  • Introduction to Vision Science                                     3
  • Advanced Clinical topics in Vision Science                  3
  • Vision Diagnosis                                                          2
  • Visual functions and measurement                             2
  • Visual development                                                     2
  • Thesis research (Capstone projects)                           4

               3.  Elective courses composed of 16 credit hours for two clinic specialties (10 primary electives + 6 secondary elective):

  • Specialty A: Visual function testing and rehabilitation (10 specialty core courses)

                          §  VSC 201: Medical eye care                                                 2

                          §  VSC 203: Visual processing and perception                       2

                          §  VSC 204: Neurophysiological rehabilitation                        2

                          §  VSC 205: Binocular vision                                                   2

                          §  VSC 206: Vision therapy                                                      2

  • Specialty b: Visual learning disability and rehabilitation

                          §  VSC 202: Primary eye care                                                   2

                          §  VSC 207: Pediatric optometry                                              2

                          §  VSC 208: Binocular vision                                                    2

                          §  VSC 209: Vision Problems Related to Learning Difficulties  2

                          §  VSC 206: Vision Therapy                                                      2

  • Specialty C: Vision diagnosis, lens fitting, and rehabilitation

                          §  VSC 202: Primary eye care                                                   2

                          §  VSC 210: Low vision and ocular diseases                            2

                          §  VSC 211: Geriatric optometry                                              2

                          §  VSC 207: Pediatric optometry                                              2

                          §  VSC 206: Vision therapy                                                      2

  • Specialty D: Special contact lens fitting techniques

                          §  VSC 202: Primary eye care                                                   2

                          §  VSC 212: Specialty Contact Lenses with Lab                        2

                          §  VSC 207: Pediatric Optometry                                              2

                          §  VSC 211: Geriatric Optometry                                              2

                          §  VSC 213: Myopic Control and Contact Lens                         2

  • Specialty E: Sports vision testing

                          §  VSC 202: Primary eye care                                                  2

                          §  VSC 214: Ophthalmic optics                                               2

                          §  VSC 208: Binocular vision                                                   2

                          §  VSC 215: Visual processing and perception                       2

                          §  VSC 216: Sports and Recreational Vision                            2

               4.   Course Sequence

  • Summer Semester 1 (July 16 – August 31): 8 credit hours
    • Clinical Vocabulary and Concepts in English                                      2
    • Introduction to Vision Science                                                            3
    • Advanced Vision Science Topics                                                         3
  • Fall  (September 7 – December 15): 14 credit hours
    • English Communication                                                                       2  
    • Visual Development                                                                             2
    • Visual Function and Measurements:                                                    2
    • Specialty Elective 1                                                                              2
    • Specialty Elective 2                                                                              2
    • Specialty Elective 3                                                                              2
    • Specialty Elective 4                                                                              2
  • Spring (January 15 – April 31): 16 credit hours
    • Academic English Writing                                                                     2
    • Statistics                                                                                               4
    • Vision Diagnosis                                                                                   2
    • Specialty 5                                                                                            2
    • Specialty 6                                                                                            2
    • Specialty 7                                                                                            2
    • Specialty 8                                                                                            2
  • Summer 2 (May 15 – June 23): 6 credit hours, in US
    • Academic English Writing                                                                      2
    • Thesis research 1                                                                                  2
    • Thesis Research 2                                                                                 2