Yes, another BCMP thread

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  1. moto_za

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    I was wondering if nutritional sciences courses like nutrition + metabolism, nutrional biology, etc count toward bcmp? the classes are part of the nutrition dept and focus heavily on physio and metabolism. thanks
     
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    Page 44 of this AMCAS doc has the BCMP definitions. http://www.aamc.org/students/amcas/2008amcasinstructionsrevised.pdf.

    Nutrition classes are listed as "HEAL" which is short for Health (obviously) and not BCMP.

    According to the following paragraph from page 44, you have some choice in how you categorize your classes. If the class name has "Nutrition" in it, and there's a "Nutrition" listed, I woudn't take liberties.

    "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, 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, Physics, and Mathematics courses. 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."
     
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    So if I took a neuroscience course which was based on researching/writing a paper, I could say it's an english instead of a biology?
     
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    If the nutrition course was based on biochemistry and physiology, then it absolutely counts towards your BCPM. AMCAS provides GUIDELINES, but they say clearly that course classification is NOT based on the department, it is based on COURSE CONTENT. If the words "biochemistry" or "physiology" are anywhere in the title, you are not going to have a problem. I think AMCAS is only going to give you a hard time when it is CLEAR that the course is classified wrong. I took a class that sounds similar and checked before taking it that it would count towards BCPM. In fact, it is an advanced biochemistry course...just because it is offered through the Nutritional Science department does preclude it from being categorized as a BCPM course.
     

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