what goes in exactly to AMCAS sci gpa calculation?

nightowl

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So when they calculate your science gpa, is it all of the BPCM classes that you've had during your entire undergrad? Please tell me it's not just the prereqs? Also, would easy maths like stats and college algebra and trig count towards it???? I hate the numbers game :(

Also, is there that big of a difference between a 3.45 sci gpa and a 3.55? Would you stick around for a semester to pull it up a tenth of a point?
 

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All of your BCPM classes (anything that falls under the Bio, Chem, Physics, or Math headings) count into the science GPA.
 

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nightowl said:
So when they calculate your science gpa, is it all of the BPCM classes that you've had during your entire undergrad? Please tell me it's not just the prereqs? Also, would easy maths like stats and college algebra and trig count towards it???? I hate the numbers game :(

Also, is there that big of a difference between a 3.45 sci gpa and a 3.55? Would you stick around for a semester to pull it up a tenth of a point?
yeah, its all of the bio, chem, physics and math classes you've taken. so for instance, if you were a bio major, all of your upper division classes would count. the easy math classes also count, like stats. and i think if you took stats in another department, like public health, that might count as well, but im not sure about this.

as far as the gpa difference, a higher gpa always looks better i think. not sure if you should stick around to raise it. maybe, if it won't delay med school.
 

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Course Classifications, in addition to describing the courses you enter, are used in the calculation of your AMCAS GPA. On the list of Course Classification examples below, bolded Course Classifications that are followed by "BCPM" indicate that courses for which you choose this Course Classification will be calculated in your BCPM GPA. The BCPM GPA is comprised of courses, which are considered to be Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics courses. Bolded Course Classifications that are not followed by "BCPM" indicate that courses for which you choose this Course Classification will be calculated in your AO (All Other) GPA.

Behavioral and Social Sciences ( BESS)
• Anthropology
• Economics
• Family Studies
• Psychology
• Sociology

Biology (BIOL) - BCPM
• Anatomy
• Biology
• Biophysics
• Biotechnology
• Botany
• Cell Biology
• Ecology
• Entomology
• Genetics
• Histology
• Immunology
• Microbiology
• Molecular Biology
• Neuroscience
• Physiology

Business ( BUSI)
• Accounting
• Business
• Finance
• Human Resource Studies
• Management
• Organizational Studies
• Marketing

Chemistry (CHEM) - BCPM
• Biochemistry
• Chemistry
• Physical Chemistry
• Thermodynamics

Communications (COMM)
• Journalism
• Media Production & Studies
• TV, Video, & Audio

Computer Science/Technology (COMP)
• Computer Science
• Computer Engineering
• Information Systems
• Telecommunications

Education (EDUC)
• Counseling & Personnel Services
• Curriculum & Instruction
• Educational Policy
• Educational Administration
• Health Education
• Human Development
• Physical Education
• Special Education

Engineering (ENGI)
• Aerospace Engineering
• Biomedical Engineering
• Chemical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Engineering
• Environmental Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Nuclear Engineering

English Language & Literature (ENGL)
• English Composition & Rhetoric
• English Creative Writing
• English Language & Literature

Fine Arts (ARTS)
• Art History
• Dance
• Fine Arts
• Music
• Photography
• Theatre

Health Sciences (HEAL)
• Allied Health
• Chiropractic
• Dentistry
• Hearing & Speech Sciences
• Hospital Administration
• Kinesiology
• Medical Technology
• Medicine
• Nursing
• Nutrition & Food Sciences
• Occupational Therapy
• Optometry
• Osteopathy
• Physical Therapy
• Physician Assistant
• Public Health
• Pharmacology & Pharmacy
• Sports Medicine
• Veterinary Medicine

History (HIST)
• History

Foreign Languages/Linguistics/Lit. (FLAN)
• American Sign Language
• Comparative Literature
• Linguistics
• Foreign Language(s) & Literature

Government/Political Sci/Law (GOVT)
• Criminology & Criminal Justice
• Government
• International Relations & Studies
• Law/Legal Studies
• Political Science
• Public Affairs & Policy
• Urban Policy & Planning

Math (MATH - BCPM
• Applied Mathematics
• Mathematics
• Statistics

Natural/Physical Sciences (NPSC)
• Agriculture
• Animal and Avian Sciences
• Forestry
• Geography
• Geology
• Horticulture
• Landscape Architecture
• Meteorology
• Natural Resources
• Oceanography
• Environmental Science & Policy

Other (OTHR)
All courses which do not fit appropriately into another category, including:
• Architecture
• Interdisciplinary courses
• Library Science
• Military Science

Philosophy/Religion (PHIL)
• Ethics
• Logic
• Philosophy
• Religion
• Theology

Physics (PHYS) - BCPM
• Astronomy
• Physics

Special Studies (SSTU)
• Afro-American Studies
• American Studies
• Gender Studies

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