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Pre-Genetic Counseling

Essential Courses

 

Course # Title Credit Hours Prerequisites
BI 105

 

Biological Diversity and Ecology

3 None
BI 121 Biology Lab I 1 BI 105 (corequisite)
BI 106 Structure and Function of Cells and Organisms 3 BI 105 and CH 105
BI 122 Biology Lab II 1 BI 105 and BI 121 (prerequisite)
CH 105 Organic Chemistry Concepts I 3 None
CH 116 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1 CH 106 (corequisite)
CH 106 Organic Chemistry Concepts II 3 CH 105 (with C or better)
CH 118 Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 CH 106
CH 232 Intro to Inorganic Chemistry 4 CH 105 and CH 116
CH 250 Analytical Chemistry 4 CH 232
CH 301 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology I 3 BI 207, CH 250
BI 305 Biostatistics 3 BI 106 or EES 100
  OR
ND.SS 214 Statistics for Social Sciences 4 None
BI 207 Dynamics Of Biological Processes 4 BI 106, CH 106, and CH 232
BI 399 Genetic Analysis 3 BI 105 and BI 106
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 None
EN ___ English Course (in addition to CWS) 3 Varies

Important Notes:

  1. Also strongly recommend Physiology, Developmental Biology, Environmental Science and an additional Psychology course, as some schools require these. Also recommend Calculus I and II, Communication courses, Ethics of Health Care, Mental and Physical Handicaps, The Life Cycle, Counseling Theories and Techniques, economics, sociology courses and foreign language (especially Spanish).
  2. The core courses reflect minimal requirements for most schools. Students are encouraged to take those courses that are strongly recommended. Although this course list will be sufficient for most programs, make sure to check requirements of schools in which you are interested no later than your sophomore year.
  3. This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE in consultation with your advisor.
  4. Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee, preferably Professor Susan Radis.
  5. In addition to your course work you are required to gain some experience in crisis counseling (ex. Planned Parenthood or a crisis hotline), preferably for at least 6 months. It would also be helpful to shadow a genetic counselor, if possible.

Competitive credentials: Science and overall GPA of 3.0 and GRE of 500 or better in each section


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SUGGESTED CORE PROGRESSION FOR Pre-GENETIC COUNSELING*

Bolded courses are offered only in the indicated semester and/or require a specific sequence due to Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken.

FALL SPRING
Freshman Year BI 105 Biology Lab II
Biology Lab I Organic Chemistry Concepts II (if C or better in OCC I)
Organic Chem Concepts I Organic Chem Lab I
  Psychology
FALL SPRING
Sophomore Year BI 106 Analytical Chemistry
  Intro to Inorganic Chem English
Organic Chem Lab II BI 207
FALL SPRING
Junior Year Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
Statistics Genetics Analysis
GRE Exam Preparation* GRE Exam Preparation

*Both semesters of the year you plan to take the exam.

If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing.  Also if you have a Biology POE and will not have BI 207 by the time you go abroad, check with the Biology Department to see if there is a Cell and Molecular course you can take abroad that will enable you to take upper level biology offerings at Juniata your senior year that require BI 207 (ex. Physiology, Immunology, and Microbiology)

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here.  For example, if you have a Biology POE, you will need to take Freshman seminar the spring of your freshman year,  Frontiers of Biology the fall of your sophomore year, and Biology 207 at your earliest opportunity after completing Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry.