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Question about science GPA?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by X, Nov 4, 2001.

  1. X


    I am sort of confused about the science GPA. Can you include the psychology classes into that GPA?
    I think so, because they are science classes and have heard that people do so but have also heard people say that you are not suppose to.

    Which is it?

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  3. Trek

    Trek Grand Uranium Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2001
    The Big House
    No, you can't. Psych fits only into the BESS (i think) category in AMCAS. If you do try to put one into a science category (my school told us to do it for a couple of classes that were stat based/bio based psych), they will remove the science classification and reclassify. And won't listen to your pleas. Bear that in mind. --Trek
  4. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    Yes, definitely BESS. Only biology, chemistry, physics and math go into science. Psychology is a social science, not natural science. And yes, AMCAS will change it if you try to fit psychology into your science GPA.
  5. X


    What exactly is BESS?

    How about a logic class (under philosophy dept.), a computer class, and astronomy. They are basically mathematical. Would they (or any of them) come under the category of math or not?

    Agreed that psych overall is a social science. But some classes are basically natural science, such as drugs and behavior(pharmacologically based) and vision related(almost an anatomy course in eyes). Do you think those will be okay. I don't intend to put all my psych courses in science just about 3-4 classes.

  6. dvdrv31

    dvdrv31 Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2001
    what will AMCAS do if I put a NBB class in the science GPA. NBB = nuero science and behavioral biology. (a fairly new major at Emory)
  7. pyra

    pyra Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 26, 2001
    Quite a few people have told me that AMCAS will leave the bio-based psyc classes alone and since it is not their decision to judge class content. They will only move obvious mistakes like classifying Political Science or Philosopy under Biology.

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