Calculating the BCPM GPA

What is the BCPM GPA?

Your BCPM (science-math) GPA includes all biology, chemistry, physics and math courses taken as an undergraduate. Because there are many sub-disciplines of science, courses listed in other disciplines may be counted as part of the BCPM.

Both the AMCAS (allopathic) and AACOMAS (osteopathic) applications require you to “classify” (or categorize) your courses when you list them iBCPMn your application. The PDF Document: AMCAS instruction manual and the AACOMAS Instruction Manual each have pages dedicated to explaining how courses are often categorized for their applications (see the clip to the left from page 40 of the AMCAS instruction Manual). Each course must be assigned a course classification based strictly on the primary content of the course. For the AMCAS application, the course classifications listed on the Course Classification Guide are bolded and are titled as they appear in the course classification drop-down list. The items beneath each bolded heading are examples of courses for which you should select that bolded course classification. You are responsible for selecting the correct course classification, but AMCAS and AACOMAS reserve the right to change classifications if the assigned classification clearly does not apply. As a general rule, to determine how to categorize a course, you should consider what 60% or more of the course is based in. If 60% of a course is based in biology, then it would count toward your BCPM GPA.

What JHU Courses Apply to the BCPM GPA?

Below are JHU courses typically included in the calculation of the BCPM GPA. Please note that this is not an all-inclusive list:

BIOLOGY

020.123 Genetics, Genomics, and Evol (or other Bio seminars)
020.151 Gen Bio I (4 cr.) 020.153 Gen Bio Lab I (1 cr.)
020.152 Gen Bio II (4 cr.) 020.154 Gen Bio Lab II (1 cr.)
020.305 Biochem (4 cr.) 020.315 Biochem Lab (2 cr.)*
020.306 Cell Biology (4 cr.) 020.316 Cell Biology Lab (2 cr.)
020.330 Genetics (3 cr.) 020.340 Genetics Lab (2 cr.)
020.363 Dev Bio (3 cr.) 020.373 Dev Bio Lab (2 cr.)
250.315 Biochemistry I (4 cr.) 250.253 Protein Eng. & Biochem Lab (3 cr.)
250.316 Biochemistry II (3 cr.) 250.383 Molecular Biophysics Laboratory (3)
540.307 Cell Biology for Engineers (3 cr.)
580.421 Systems Bioeng I (4 cr.) 580.423 Systems Bioeng. Lab I (2 cr.)
580.422 Systems Bioeng II (3 cr.) 580.424 Systems Bioeng. Lab II (2 cr.)
580-221 Molecules and Cells (4 cr.) (no associated lab)*
(*note – Biochem can be classified as a Biology or a Chemistry)

INORGANIC AND ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

030.101 Intro Chem I (3 cr.) 030.105 Intro Chem Lab I (1 cr.)
030.102 Intro Chem II (3 cr.) 030.106 Intro Chem Lab II (1 cr.)
030.103 Applied Chem. Equil. & React. (4 cr.)
030.204 Chemical Structure and Bonding (4 cr.)
020.305 Biochem (4 cr.) 020.315 Biochem Lab (2 cr.)*
580-221 Molecules and Cells (4 cr.), no associated lab
(*note – Biochem can be classified as a Biology or a Chemistry)
510.101 Intro to Materials Chem (3 cr.) 030.105 Intro. Chem. Lab I (1 cr.)
510.312 Thermodynamics/Materials, no associated lab (3 CR.)
030.205 Intro. Organic Chemistry I (4 cr.)
030.206 Intro. Organic Chemistry II (4 cr.)
030.225 Organic Chemistry Lab (3 cr.)

PHYSICS

171.101/103 General Physics I (4 cr.) 173.111 Gen. Physics Lab I (1 cr.)
171.102/104 General Physics II (4 cr.) 173.112 Gen. Physics Lab II (1 cr.)
171.105 Classical Mechanics I—biophysics majors
173.115 Classical Mechanics lab—biophysics majors
(plus a number of upper-level physics courses)

MATH

110.106/107 Calculus I (4 cr.)
110.108/109 Calculus II (4 cr.)
230.205 /301 Introduction to Social Statistics (4 cr.)
280.345 Biostatistics in Public Health (4 cr.)
550.111/112 Statistical Analysis I (4 cr.) or Statistical Analysis II (4 cr.)
550.113 Statistics Through Case Study (4.5 cr.)
550.211 Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences (3 cr.)
550.310/311 Probability and Statistics for the Bio/Med Sci & Eng (4 cr.)

How Do I Calculate my BCPM GPA?

In calculating your BCPM for AMCAS, AACOMAS, or AADSAS you will see that,

• For AMCAS, the BCPM GPA includes all courses taken within the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math; including both grades from repeated courses.

• For AACOMAS, the Science GPA includes courses taken within the departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics; only the last instance of a repeated course is included.

• For AADSAS, the Science GPA includes all courses taken within the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math; including both grades from repeated courses.

For a basic understanding of how the BCPM GPA is calculated, see the PDF Document: AMCAS Application Grade Conversion Guide.

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