Pre Health Programs

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 1

WRT101 Composition I (FY)

MAT115 Biostatistics OR MAT120 Statistics (QR)

BIO103 General Biology I (SI)

CHE110 General Chemistry I (SI)

Spring 1

Writing Intensive (WI)

COM162 Public Speaking (OC)

BIO104 General Biology II

CHE111 General Chemistry II


Fall 2

PSY100 Intro to Psychology

Foreign Language I (IC)

CHE210 Organic Chemistry I

Major Course (IL)

Gen Ed (HW)

Spring 2

Gen Ed Critical Thinking (CT)

Foreign Language II (IC)

CHE211 Organic Chemistry II

Major Course

Gen Ed Creative Process (CP)


Fall 3

CHE421 Biochemistry I

Major Course

BIO312 Genetics

Psychology Elective

Spring 3

CHE422 Biochemistry II

Major Course

BIO300 Cell Biology

Psychology Elective


Fall 4

Major Course

Major Course

Major Course

Major Course (W3 & CGE)

Spring 4

Gen Ed: Repeat Competency 3

Major OR Free Elective

Major OR Free Elective

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.