AMCAS® Course Classification Guide

The American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) Course Classification Guide provides examples of how courses are often categorized.
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 AMCAS reserves the right to change classifications if the assigned classification clearly does not apply.

In the event that you are unable to comfortably classify a course, or in the case of interdisciplinary courses, refer to the description of the course on your school's Web site or consult with your Pre-health Advisor to choose the most appropriate classification.

The following guide provides examples of how courses are often categorized. This guide is also available in a 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
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 & Studies
TV, Video, & Audio
Computer Science
Computer Engineering
Information Systems
Telecommunications
Counseling & Personnel Services
Curriculum & 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
Environmental Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Composition & Rhetoric
Creative Writing
Literature
Art
Art History
Dance
Fine Arts
Music
Photography
Theatre
American Sign Language
Comparative Literature
Foreign Language(s) & Literature
Linguistics
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Government
International Relations & Studies
Law/Legal Studies
Political Science
Public Affairs & Policy
Urban Policy & Planning
Allied Health
Chiropractic
Dentistry
Hearing & Speech Studies
Hospital Administration
Kinesiology
Nursing
Nutrition
Occupational Therapy
Optometry
Osteopathy
Psychiatry
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant
Public Health
Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Sports Medicine
Veterinary Medicine
Agriculture
Animal & Avian Sciences
Environmental Science & Policy
Forestry
Geography
Geology
Horticulture
Landscape Architecture
Meteorology
Natural Resources
Oceanography
Architecture
Library Science
Military Science
Sports (tennis, golf, aerobics, etc.)
Ethics
Logic
Philosophy
Religion
Theology
Afro-American Studies
American Studies
Gender Studies

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