peony

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Hey everyone! I started trying to figure out my science GPA so I'd determine which schools I'm competitive for, but I'm already lost!

Basically, I'm an older post-bacc and took classes in three places (with the three systems decribed below):

1) Undergrad
semester system
every class was 1 credit but classes w/ labs were 1.5 credits

2) Graduate degree (I took a few u-grad science classes here)
quarter system
every class was 1 credit (classes with a lab component were still only 1 credit)

3) Post-bacc school (where I took most of my pre-reqs):
semester system
classes were 3 credits and the lab was a seperate 1 credit class

All of these were in the A, A-, B+, etc system, so that part is easy to figure out. I understand that three quarters equal two semesters, but since my labs are all worth different amounts how does that work? Also, at school #3 my 3-credit classes will be scaled down to be the same as my 1-credit classes at school #1, right?

Last question: do science and math classes in non-science and math departments count for the BCPM GPA? An example would be a statistics classes I took in a psych deparment. Thanks SO much to anyone who takes the time to answer this way-too-complex post!!

P.S. I just thought of one more question! There was one class that I retook. Both grades will count for their normal amounts, right? (instead of simply being averaged and counting for one course)
 
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Mobius1985

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Pghboy18

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Hey everyone! I started trying to figure out my science GPA so I'd determine which schools I'm competitive for, but I'm already lost!

Basically, I'm an older post-bacc and took classes in three places (with the three systems decribed below):

1) Undergrad
semester system
every class was 1 credit but classes w/ labs were 1.5 credits

2) Graduate degree (I took a few u-grad science classes here)
quarter system
every class was 1 credit (classes with a lab component were still only 1 credit)

3) Post-bacc school (where I took most of my pre-reqs):
semester system
classes were 3 credits and the lab was a seperate 1 credit class

All of these were in the A, A-, B+, etc system, so that part is easy to figure out. I understand that three quarters equal two semesters, but since my labs are all worth different amounts how does that work? Also, at school #3 my 3-credit classes will be scaled down to be the same as my 1-credit classes at school #1, right?

Last question: do science and math classes in non-science and math departments count for the BCPM GPA? An example would be a statistics classes I took in a psych deparment. Thanks SO much to anyone who takes the time to answer this way-too-complex post!!

P.S. I just thought of one more question! There was one class that I retook. Both grades will count for their normal amounts, right? (instead of simply being averaged and counting for one course)
Best thing to do might be to call the respective registrars and ask about AMCAS conversions. My ugrad was on quarters, with one credit per class; however, for AMCAS purposes, they considered a non-lab course to be worth 3 semester-hours and a lab course to be worth 4.5. Many schools have already worked out conversion factors and a quick call can save you a lot of time.
 
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