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Another science GPA question....

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by rhizoid7, Nov 12, 2001.

  1. rhizoid7

    rhizoid7 Junior Member

    Nov 5, 2001
    San Diego, CA
    Hey, I've seen mention of a "science" GPA and a BCPM GPA, are these the same entity? Also, are astronomy courses (ie: astrophysics of star systems, stellar atmospheres) included in the BCPM GPA calculation? Thanks!

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  3. jargon124

    jargon124 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2001
    As far as I'm concerned, science GPA is defined as BCPM GPA. I'm not aware of any variation from that, and if there is it would be pointless since that's how AMCAS defines it. Astrophysics classes would most certainly count in your science/BCPM GPA and you would list them under the Physics heading.
  4. rhizoid7

    rhizoid7 Junior Member

    Nov 5, 2001
    San Diego, CA
    That's unfortunate; I didn't want to include some of those classes... I wonder what happens if a person excludes classes from your BCPM calculation? Does AMCAS review it and re-calculate, or does it somehow interfere with your application process?
  5. SMW

    SMW Grand Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2001
    anchorage, ak
    AMCAS most certainly reviews all the classes you've taken and the categories they fit into. that's basically what you're paying them for -- to "verify" your application by comparing your application against the transcripts you have sent to them, and then forward the verified coursework information, along with your MCAT scores, to the schools you've designated. You don't compute your BCPM average, the AMCAS application does it for you.
  6. spacecadet

    spacecadet Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2001
    Houston, TX
    My astronomy classes were called ASTRXXXX instead of PHYSXXXX, so they didn't count in my BMCP. I wish they would have!

    If they are called PHYS, you probably will have to include them.
  7. 12R34Y

    12R34Y 10+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2000
    It is up to the applicant to decide what classes go into what category. I asked that questions of AMCAS many many times this last summer.

    Of course, the obvious ones with BIOL or PHYS or CHEM go in BCPM, but there are other less obvious ones that if you feel covered significantly BCPM topics then you can include those as well.

    For example, Physical Anthropology, is ANTH 304 in my school. However, I included it in my BIOL stuff because we went over genetics and genetic disorders, bone anatomy, mechanisms of evolution etc... very much biologically oriented. I called AMCAS and they said that those kind of courses are in the gray area and they would not interfere.

  8. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    If you say astronomy is physics, it's physics. AMCAS will only change designations that completely and utterly wrong, not things that debatable. For example, if you put that astronmy class into BESS or HIST, then they might change it. If you put it into PHYS, they wouldn't.

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