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Nutrition Science?

MedicalSonata

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Hey guys,

I'm an undergrad in Nutrition Science - and I have two questions.

1 - Will having a major that's not Chemistry or Biology make me stand out a bit for med school admissions?

2 - Do the Nutrition Science classes count toward the BCPM GPA? A lot of them are biology based classes.
 
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Hey guys,

I'm an undergrad in Nutrition Science - and I have two questions.

1 - Will having a major that's not Chemistry or Biology make me stand out a bit for med school admissions?

2 - Do the Nutrition Science classes count toward the BCPM GPA? A lot of them are biology based classes.
Any non-mainstream major might help you, but overall, the major doesn't matter.

Try this thread for complete BCPM list: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=552026
 

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Basically, If your courses are listed as NUTR XXX then you will hard time in making AMCAS count it as BCMP. I was engineering major and none of my ENGI courses were counted towards BCMP.

:luck::luck:

That's because engineering classes are specifically listed on AMCAS as non-BCPM. The OP's situation is different. Biochemistry taught through the nutritional department should still be fine. You might need to submit a course description to AMCAS if they question your entry.

However, I'll add that if you are taking a "pure" nutritional science course, it will NOT count as BCPM since Nutrition is alreadt listed under Health Sciences section, i.e., non-BCPM.
 
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However, I'll add that if you are taking a "pure" nutritional science course, it will NOT count as BCPM since Nutrition is alreadt listed under Health Sciences section, i.e., non-BCPM.

They are "pure" nutrition if you mean the department...and I know some won't count toward BCPM (like Nutrition of Humans, etc) but I'm thinking perhaps like my "Biology of Obesity" might be a biology course even though it's Nutrition Science?
 

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1 - Will having a major that's not Chemistry or Biology make me stand out a bit for med school admissions?

Not if you're one of the thousand pre-professional nutritional sciences majors at the University of Florida. (No literally, we have a thousand undergrad nutrition majors and nearly all of them are pre-med at some point).

Some nutrition courses *can* count as BCPM, others won't. Just depends on the exact course title. Basically, nutrition courses count as "Health" courses.

:luck::luck::luck:
 

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They are "pure" nutrition if you mean the department...and I know some won't count toward BCPM (like Nutrition of Humans, etc) but I'm thinking perhaps like my "Biology of Obesity" might be a biology course even though it's Nutrition Science?

Biology of Obesity will *probably* count as BCPM. Depends on what AMCAS says, though.
 

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nutrition classes were definitely included in my bcpm gpa. and like everyone else said, you classify them as a health science course which amcas includes when calculating your bcpm gpa.


What? No, absolutely not true. Health science courses (and I have taken both Nutrition and Health Science courses) do NOT count in the BCMP unless there is something 'special' about them to indicate otherwise.

To complicate matters a little bit, though, most of my nutrition courses did end up counting in my BCMP BECAUSE they had the words "Biology", "Immunology" or "Chemistry". But generally speaking, nutrition courses will NOT count towards the BCPM GPA.

Nutrition courses generally do not count in a BCMP GPA. They are listed under "HEAL" and HEAL courses are NOT BCMP courses.

Health Science is included in the BCMP GPA?

No. There's a huge AMCAS manual about which classes count and which don't and ones marked "HEAL" (short for health) are counted as AO (all other) classes. Not BCMP.
 

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What if it isn't out of the bio department? There are plenty of very bio intensive classes that aren't out of the bio dept...physiology classes are one example.

I was responding to someone who asked about a BIOL course (the person has since changed the post). Obviously, a BIOL course will count as BCMP. For the rest, consult the AMCAS instructions.
 
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