University of Jamestown offers pre-professional preparation for a number of health-related fields including optometry. Traditionally, more than 85 percent of our science (biology and chemistry) majors pursue further study or professional degrees in the health professions, graduate research, or teaching.

Program Strengths

University of Jamestown provides a strong background for students pursuing further study in optometry. These students select a major in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry. A major in another area may be satisfactory as long as the necessary pre-requisites are chosen in consultation with one's adcademic advisor. As a pre-optometry student at University of Jamestown, you will benefit from:

  • faculty whose main focus is teaching, not research
  • small class sizes assuring personal attention from instructors
  • advisers who are informed about the requirements and opportunities in pre-professional areas
  • a strong emphasis on the liberal arts, which will prepare you for professional school
  • many organizations and activities providing opportunities to develop non-academic skills while pursuing your professional goals


Recent professional school placement includes the following:

  • Pacific University
  • Southeastern University of the Health Sciences

Pre-Optometry Factsheet

Specific coursework for this major is outlined can be Viewed Here or downloaded here.

Our Academic Catalogs provide information on policies and procedures, the admissions process, programs of study, and degree requirements.

As course offerings can change from semester to semester, working with the Registrar’s office will ensure that your courses are kept on schedule so that you can graduate in four years.

Bruce Jensen, PhDProfessor

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, Developmental Biology, University of Wisconsin; BS, Biology, University of North Dakota
Teaches: Introduction to Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Evolution, and Molecular Biology

More information about the chair.

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, University of California, Davis
Teaches: Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry


Certifications/Degrees: Ph.D in Biology: City University of New York; M. Phil. in Biology: CUNY; M.A in Biology: Queens College; M.S in Computer Science: Pace University; A.A.S in Veterinary Science Technology: SUNY - Delhi
Teaches: Introduction to Biology and Environmental Science


Certifications/Degrees: PhD, Iowa State University
Teaches: Physical and Inorganic Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis


Certifications/Degrees: PhD, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota; BS, Biology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Teaches: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Invertebrate Zoology, Animal Behavior, Field Ecology, and The Human Body.


Certifications/Degrees: MS, University of North Dakota
Teaches: Microbiology, Medical Terminology, Human Parasitology, Immunology, and Chemistry for Health Science


Certifications/Degrees: Doctor of Chiropractic, Northwestern Health Sciences University

  • University of Jamestown
    Biology Department
    6062 College Lane
    Jamestown ND, 58405

  • Bruce Jensen, PhD Professor

    jensen@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5473