BCPM GPA Calculation

Your BCPM/science GPA includes all Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math courses taken as an undergraduate. On the AMCAS application, you will be asked to classify your courses in one of 20 categories. These include:

  • Biology (including courses in Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Immunology, Biophysics)
  • Chemistry (including courses in Biochemistry)
  • Physics
  • Mathematics (including courses in Statistics)


  • 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

For example, all Biology courses that you've taken should be classified as "Biology."  However, courses that you've taken in other disciplines such as Evolutionary Anthropology, Psychology and Biomedical Engineering could fall into two categories, e.g. a Psychology course might be taught so that it could be classified as both "Biology" and "Behavioral & Social Sciences."  In these instances, the rule of thumb is to decide if 50% or more of the course content is Biology, and if so, then you would classify the course as "Biology."  If you are challenged on your classification by AMCAS, you can provide AMCAS with a syllabus, lecture topics and/or catalog description to document your decision.

All courses that you classify as "Biology", "Chemistry", "Physics", and "Math" will count toward your BCPM GPA.  To see the courses that are usually included in all of the classifications above, go to the AMCAS Application Course Classification Guide (page 28 in the 2018 AMCAS Manual)

The grades from your undergraduate transcripts will actually be evaluated by AMCAS in 3 ways: the BCPM GPA, all other GPA, and total GPA.