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What exactly counts for the science GPA?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by aprilpremed, Apr 25, 2001.

  1. aprilpremed

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    Hi there,

    I'm trying to find out what classes count in calculating the science GPA for the AMCAS application.

    Specifically, would a class such as meteorology count? Or how about a "Science and Nature" class which is classified as a natural science class at my university? Or a nutritional sciences class that's classified as a biological sciences class?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. All clasees count so make sure you include the science classes you took in high school. That will show the med schools that you had scientific aptitude since way back and they will take you right away.

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  4. Hey April,

    Don't listen to josejalapeno ..... I am applying this year and science courses from High School are not included in your application or transcript. Only courses at the university level are [​IMG]

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  5. Any classes that are science oriented (bio, chemistry, physics) and your math classes will be used to calculate your science GPA. The science classes do not have to in those departments (eg some psychology classes may be able to be counted as biology if they are cross listed), but classes like astronomy, biology of dinosaurs, and other classes of that nature are not used in your science GPA, and only in your regular GPA. You can go to the AAMC website to download an application (AMCAS) just to see what it looks like.
     
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    Anytime josejalepeno suggests anything "DO/THINK the OPPOSITE!!" or make sure you check with your advisor first or wait until other people on this forum who have sense respond. Do not include your high school grades. Med schools do not care about anything other than college courses you took in college or post-bacc grades.
     
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    This might help. The science GPA is often referred to as the BCPM GPA, as in Biology, Chemisty, Physics, and Math.

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    Wow, this is really kewl!! Does this mean I can also include my zoology, microbiology, a&p courses that I took for a pre-nursing program? These course unfortuanately do not count toward the science major. they are considered survey courses.

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    I'm definitely including my Zoology, and lots of other fun courses. It doesn't have to apply to your major / minor to be a science class. [​IMG]

    Jamie

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    Of course you can. Hope it helps that gpa!

     
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    How about Nutrician, and Food Science classes? I'm trying to find more fun yet not to stressful classes to take that counts for my science GPA. Do Computer Science, and other computer classes count for the sci gpa too?

    And what about Statistics? Yea it deals with numbers, but i don't really think of it as math.

    On a side note anyone have any suggestions on fun easy sci classes to take?

     
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    Of course you can include Statistics in your Mathematics calculations. It is just as much a math as is Trig or Calculus, IMHO.

    I haven't honestly thought about whether Computer Science, Nutrition or Food Science count - although if they had a heavy component of either Biology, Chemistry, Math or Physics you could make a case for it. AMCAS application instructions usually include details on how to handle different courses and what the require as "proof" if they disagree that a course is a BCPM category.



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  13. Rae_Kel

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    I took a statistics course for sociology majors. We used the computers alot and went out and tested hypothesis. We also interpreted data. Would this be considered a math course for bcpm?

    Is it true that any math course you took will be counted toward the BCPM? whether you want them to or not?

     
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    Hmmmm......does anyone know where i can find this info online? Or do i have to go get an AMCAS application?

     
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    Yes - you can't pick and choose which courses go into the BCPM, although if the course doesn't have Math in the title and is under a different department you might be able to "hide" it from AMCAS. ;)

    A course in which you did a fair bit of statistics sounds like a reasonable fit for AMCAS Math category. Remember the worse that can happen is that AMCAS doesn't allow it to count under the BCPM. If you feel strongly about it, I think you need to submit documents from the course showing how extensive the science content was.
     

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