Coursework | Vision Science (MS)

The MS program is designed to be completed in 5 semesters/terms. The default MS curriculum can be found on the MS Curriculum page.

Full-time students need to take 9 credits or more in the fall and spring semesters. International students need to maintain full-time status during the study time. Please consult with the Office of International Programs if there are any concerns.

Course Substitution and Course Waiver

Based on prior coursework taken for credit, professional training and experiences, or current memorandum of understanding between an educational/research institution and Pacific University, students may apply for a course substitution or course waiver in place of a required course. A maximum of one-third of the course credit requirement for the degree may be satisfied by course substitution or waiver. Exceptions may be made by the VSG Committee. Application for a course substitution and waiver must be submitted to the Director of the VSG Program, and be approved by the Dean of Academic Programs.

1. Credit transfer

Graduate-level courses taken previously at Pacific University or another regionally accredited institution may be used to substitute for a similarly required course. Application for credit transfer will be reviewed on a course by course basis and must be approved by the Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Director of the VSG Program, and the course instructor(s). Credit is applied toward the VSG degree, although the grade earned in the transferred course does not appear on the Pacific transcript nor is included in the calculation of the student's GPA.

To be considered, courses must meet all of the following conditions:

  1. was taken within the past five years,
  2. cover content comparable to a required course,
  3. was passed with a grade of B or better ("pass" grade is not eligible), and
  4. has not been applied toward another degree.

 

2. Pre-approved Course Substitution for OD/MS students

OD/MS students may substitute the following MS courses with the designated OD course Credits. 

VSG Courses Sub. OPT
Code Course Name Cr. By Code Course Name Cr.
VSC 503 Evidence-Based Research & Practice 1 = OPT 560 Evidence Based Optometry 1
VSC 511 Geometric Physical & Visual Optics I 3 = OPT 501 Geometric and Physical Optics I 3
VSC 511L Lab for Geometric Physical & Visual Optics I 0 = OPT 501L Lab for Geometric and Physical Optics I 0
VSC 512 Geometric Physical and Visual Optics II 3 = OPT 502 Geometric and Physical Optics II 3
VSC 512L Lab for Geometric Physical & Visual Optics II 0 = OPT 502L Lab for Geometric and Physical Optics II 0
VSC 513 Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics 4 = OPT 503 Physiological Optics 4
VSC 513L Lab for Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics 0 = OPT 503L Lab for Physiological Optics 0
VSC 521 Anatomy Biochemistry & Physiology of the Eye I 3 = OPT 531 Ocular Anatomy Physiology and Biochemistry 3
VSC 521L Lab for Anatomy Biochemistry& Physiology of the Eye I 0.5 = OPT 531L Lab for Ocular Anatomy Physiology and Biochemistry 0.5
VSC-522 Anatomy Biochemistry & Physiology of the Eye II 2 = OPT 532 Anatomy of the Visual System 2
VSC-522L Lab for Anatomy Biochemistry & Physiology of the Eye II 1 = OPT 532L Lab for Anatomy of the Visual System 1
VSC 523 Neuroanatomy of the Visual Pathway 2 = OPT 535 Functional Neuroanatomy and Neurobiology 3
VSC 631 Common Ocular Diseases 2 = OPT 631 Ocular Disease III with Lab 4
VSC 644 Fundamentals of Ocular motility 1 = OPT 701 Ocular Motility 2
VSC 660 Practice of Clinical Skills 1 = OPT 722 Patient Care VI 1.5

3. Course Waiver 

If the requirements of a course are shown to have been met through non-credit-bearing activities (e.g., a certificate for passing a standardized exam) or earlier coursework for another degree, a student may petition to have that course requirement waived. If granted, the petition typically will not reduce the overall number of credits required for the degree, but will allow a student to take other coursework as a replacement for the required course. The official documentation is required (e.g., certificate, license, transcripts and syllabus, etc.) at the time of application for the waiver.