AMCAS® Course Classification Guide

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The American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) Course Classification Guide provides examples of how courses are often categorized.

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Each course in the AMCAS application must be classified strictly on the primary content of the course. You are responsible for selecting the correct course classification, but the AMCAS program reserves the right to change classifications if the assigned classification clearly does not apply.

If you are unable to comfortably classify a course, or in the case of interdisciplinary courses, refer to the description on your school's website or consult with your prehealth advisor to choose the most appropriate classification.

The following guide provides examples of how courses are often categorized. It is also available in printer-friendly PDF format.

BCPM Courses (Science)

Anatomy
Biology
Biophysics
Biotechnology
Botany
Cell Biology
Ecology
Entomology
Genetics
Histology
Immunology
Microbiology
Molecular Biology
Neuroscience
Physiology
Zoology
 
Biochemistry
Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Thermodynamics
Toxicology
 
Astronomy
Physics
 
Applied Mathematics
Biostatistics
Mathematics
Statistics
 

AO Courses (All Other)

Anthropology
Economics
Family Studies
Psychology
Sociology
 
Accounting
Finance
Human Resource Studies
Management
Marketing
Organizational Studies
 
Journalism
Media Production and Studies
TV, Video, and Audio
 
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Information Systems
Telecommunications
 
Counseling and Personnel Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Administration
Educational Policy
Health Education
Human Development
Physical Education (except sports courses)
Special Education
 
Aerospace Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
 
Composition & Rhetoric
Creative Writing
Literature
 
Art
Art History
Dance
Fine Arts
Music
Photography
Theatre
 
American Sign Language
Comparative Literature
Linguistics
Foreign Language(s) and Literature
 
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Government
International Relations and Studies
Law/Legal Studies
Political Science
Public Affairs and Policy
Urban Policy and Planning
 
Allied Health
Chiropractic
Dentistry
Hearing and Speech Sciences
Hospital Administration
Kinesiology
Nursing
Nutrition
Occupational Therapy
Optometry
Osteopathy
Physician Assistant
Public Health
Pharmacology and Pharmacy
Sports Medicine
Veterinary Medicine
 
History
 
Agriculture
Animal and Avian Sciences
Environmental Science and Policy
Forestry
Geography
Horticulture
Landscape Architecture
Meteorology
Natural Resources
Oceanography
 
Architecture
Library Science
Military Science
All courses that do not fit appropriately into another classification, as well as tennis, golf, aerobics, etc.
 
Ethics
Logic
Philosophy
Religion
Theology
 
Afro-American Studies
American Studies
Gender Studies
 

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