Pre-Genetic Counseling

Genetic Counseling is an emerging field, and programs differ in their prerequisites.  It is important for students to determine the specific requirements for each program they wish to apply to, in consultation with a pre-health advisor.  Typical prerequisites include:

Other recommended and/or required courses:

Other Requirements:
The GRE is required for most schools that offer master’s degrees in genetic counseling.  Experience in counseling (peer, crisis hotlines, Planned Parenthood, etc.) is expected.

Most schools require at least a 3.0 GPA to be considered. 

Pre-Genetic Counseling Pathway Sample Four Year Plan

Fall I

Spring I

WRT101 Composition I (FY)

Writing Intensive (WI)

MAT115 Biostatistics OR MAT120 Statistics (QR)

COM162  Public Speaking (OC)

BIO103 General Biology I (SI)

BIO104 General Biology II

CHE110 General Chemistry I (SI)

CHE111 General Chemistry II

Fall 2

Spring 2

PSY100 Intro to Psychology

Gen Ed Critical Thinking (CT)

Foreign Language I (IC)

Foreign Language II (IC)

CHE210 Organic Chemistry I

CHE211 Organic Chemistry II

Major Course (IL)

Major Course

Gen Ed  (HW)

Gen Ed Creative Process (CP)

Fall 3

Spring 3

Major Course

Major Course

Major Course

Major Course

BIO312 Genetics

BIO300 Cell Biology

Psychology Elective

Psychology Elective

Fall 4

Spring 4

Major Course

Gen Ed: Repeat Competency 3

Major Course

Major OR Free Elective

Major Course

Major OR Free Elective

Major Course (W3 & CGE)

Major OR Free Elective


Taking multiple lab sciences in a semester can be very challenging. You may wish to reduce your course load and take some courses in the summer.  Speak with your advisor about this possibility.