BCPM GPA Calculation

Your BCPM/science GPA includes all Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math courses taken as an undergraduate. Because there are many sub-disciplines in these areas, courses listed in other disciplines may be counted as part of the BCPM. On the primary application for medical school (the AMCAS), you will have the opportunity to classify your courses in one of 20 categories. These include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Computer Science & Technology
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English Language & Literature
  • Fine Arts
  • Foreign Languages, Linguistics, & Literature
  • Government, Political Science, & Law
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Natural & Physical Sciences
  • Other
  • Philosophy & Religion
  • Special Studies

To see the sub-disciplines included in each area, go to the AMCAS Application Course Classification Guide. The rule of thumb to decide if your course should be classified in one of the BCPM categories is: If the course content, for example a biomedical engineering course, is 50% or more “Biology” content, then you should classify the course as “Biology” rather than “Engineering”. You should be prepared to provide AMCAS with a syllabus, lecture topics and/or catalog description if you are challenged on your classification during the verification process.

The grades from your undergraduate transcripts will be evaluated in 2 ways: the cumulative GPA and the BCPM GPA. We have listed the courses normally included in the calculation of the BCPM GPA and will update this list as needed.

  • Biochemistry—BIOCHEM
  • Biology—BIOLOGY
  • Biomedical Engineering—BME 158L;  260L; 244L; 253L, 271 (Math category); 354L(Physics category); 301; 307; 560; 512L; 566; 550;  561L;
  • Cell Biology—CELLBIO
  • Chemistry—CHEM
  • Evolutionary Anthropology—EVANTH
  • Immunology—IMMUNOL
  • Mathematics—MATH
  • Mechanical Engineering 221L (Physics category)
  • Molecular Genetics and Microbiology—MGM
  • Neurobiology—NEUROBIO
  • Neuroscience—NEUROSCIENCE
  • Pathology—PATHOL
  • Pharmacology—PHARM
  • Physics—PHYSICS
  • Psychology—; Basically, any Psychology course with a NS designation will be included in your science GPA.  These include, but are probably not limited to:PSY 101 (when it has an NS classification); 106; 251; 257; 277; 273; 274; 258; 275; 276; 451S; 280; 372S; 301; 371S; 461S; 499S; 681S; 682S; 477S; 667S; 672S; 685S
  • Statistics—STA
  • University Program in Genetics and Genomics—UPGEN