How do I plan my college degree?

Most genetic counseling programs require students to take the following prerequisite courses:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Statistics
  • Psychology

 

You are not required to have a specific major in order to apply to genetic counseling programs, but you do need to show that you’ve taken and done well in the required courses. (Important note: Genetic counseling programs will want to see 1 or 2 semesters worth of these science classes on your transcript. It varies school to school).

Some schools may require other courses, so start looking into which schools you're interested in early in your college degree, so that you can plan ahead to finish all your courses in time.

 

Our Tip:
You don't need to take all your prerequisite courses at the same school! Community college and college-level online courses are both great options for doing your prerequisites at a lower cost. Most of these class are accepted by genetic counseling programs if they issue you a grade and a transcript at the end.


 

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