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Help FAST BEFORE DEADLINE!- Would this count in the BCPM GPA?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Futuremed12, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. Futuremed12

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    When applying to Medical School, there is the BCPM GPA (Biology, Chem, Physics, Math). It is usually referred to as the "Science" GPA, and I know that certain courses such as Psychology courses wouldn't be counted as part of that GPA.

    However, would the following be counted as part of the BCPM GPA?

    "Human Body/Health & Disease with LAB - BIO 123

    I have read that Behavioral Social Sciences, Health Sciences, etc are NOT Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Math, so they are NOT included in the BCPM GPA. Basically, I have read this: With VERY FEW exceptions, ALL courses taught by those four departments are included in your BCPM GPA, and all courses NOT taught by those departments are NOT included in your BCPM GPA

    This course does look like a Health Science course, but then again it is categorized under "BIO", so this is pretty confusing to me. - It does have a "BIO" on it but everyone has said classes like human health don't count, My college is very very small and maybe they just made this in the Bio department because we don't offer many majors either.

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    Please help ASAP before my registration deadline. I am deciding between this class which I know I can earn an "A" in, and a Psychology class which I also know I can earn an "A" in. One of them might be included in the BCPM GPA, and the Psychology class is in the normal one.
     
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    PERSONALLY, yes, i would count it in the BCPM since the department it's under is BIO... good luck! :luck:
     
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    agreed :thumbup:
     
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    Yeah the "BIO" part made it easy to understand, but then the actual name of the course has a different meaning lol.

    I'll wait for a few replies, sorry if I bump it every so often but I want more views before I make the decision of changing from one class to another.
     
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    Well, I feel like when you enter it into AMCAS, it is going to ask you what type of class it is, and you should probably classify it as biology given its course number, and in which case the class would be calculated as part of your BCPM gpa.

    Of course I haven't taken the course, but it does not sound like a behavioral social science, but like a class that details the biology of human disease, no? I understand the confusion with health science...it's a bit of a hairy distinction. Ultimately I think it is you that will classify it as such when you enter it into AMCAS, and the people at AMCAS will change your decision based on what they think. So I would classify it as biology, and if they don't like it, they will let change it, and it will not be reflected.

    It sounds like you are not going to take it if it doesn't count, so to be sure, email or call AMCAS. They can tell you for sure; SDNers, myself included, can only speculate.
     
  7. PremedIowa

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    Even if you don't classify it as BCPM, they will reclassify it as a biology class anyway.
     
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    yea you can easily get away with categorizing that as a bio class since it is taught in the bio department

    that being said you are using the wrong criteria for choosing classes ...stop trying to "play the game" and take classes you're interested in. Some med schools would like to see that you have taken a psych class and some even recommend it
     
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    biology-BCMP.
     
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    Yeah it's weird because I was pretty interested in Psych and the same goes for the this class, and since they are both of interest it's why I said I know as a 90% chance I can get an "A" in either of them. And what are the views med schools have on Psych? I've heard a few of them see it as a cheap shot with students trying to get the INTRO PSYCH courses used as a "Science" course in the BCPM GPA.

    But man I just checked out how all of this works, and in the end I might be taking these classes this semester:

    Bio Principles II
    Bio Principles Lab
    Calculus
    EGL 102
    Psychology
    Human Body/Health and Disease
    Human Body/Health and Disease LAB

    18 credits not counting 2 labs. The class I am asking about doesn't conflict with the Psychology times, so I might as well take it too now. Just want to reallly make sure that it is a BCPM class =/

    Oh another important question:

    Is the BCPM GPA calculated for each individual college? Let's say I transfer to another college, will the BCPM classes at one of the colleges be combined with those at another to make up one BCPM GPA, or is it separate?

    Thanks again
     
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    calculated together
     
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    Alright, just spoke to one of the advisor's/professor in my college, and he said it is in the Bio department and stuff, but probably wouldn't count in the BCPM GPA, since that class isn't a class for Bio Majors....so now I'm even more confused lol

    Will make sure to contact AMCAS. Should I call them or send an e-mail, and any idea on how long it would take them to let me know if this course is counted in the BCPM GPA?
     

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