Academic Accomplishment

When considering candidates for admission, health professional schools generally consider students holistically.  Admissions decisions may be based upon their assessment of you in various areas of competency: one of which is academic performance.  Your academics can forecast how well you will perform in a health professions school, and may even predict if you will complete the program of your choice. Your pre-requisite courses also support your performance on admissions tests, and tell admissions representatives about your intellectual curiosity, problem-solving skills and your ability to manage a rigorous course load with multiple demands on your time.

  • While it is important to demonstrate your proficiency in the sciences, you should also be aware of keeping a balanced schedule to ensure your best academic performance. 
  • If you find yourself struggling to choose a major, needing academic support, searching for new study skills, longing to enrich your experiences abroad, or concerned about your Honor and Conduct status at Emory, see an advisor in the PHMO to discuss your concerns.

Emory Continuing Writing Requirement

If the school you are applying to requests an explanation of Emory's Continuing Writing Requirement, click here to access a general explanation of our requirement that you can send directly to the school. 

If the school requires a personalized letter detailing the specific courses you completed, please complete this CWRT Explanation Form. We will respond to these requests within 3 business days. 

Choosing a Major

You do not need to major in the sciences – but you do need to demonstrate that you can handle upper level science courses.  Choose a major that you are interested in and find time to take upper level science courses.

Review the complete list of Emory College Majors and Minors

Is there a pre-health or pre-med major?

No, there is not a pre-health or pre-med major. We encourage you to major in whatever you are interested in, and we will work with you to balance your schedule with pre-requisite courses for health professional schools.

Is it ok to major in a non-science?  Is there a benefit for students applying to medical school to pursue a humanities major?

Absolutely!  You can major in ANYTHING as an undergraduate (BA or BS) and apply to medical school. You have to be strategic and work in the pre-requisites for the professional program you are interested in, but it is very manageable with any major.

Many medical schools are looking for well-rounded students who excel in science and non-science areas. Humanities and Social Science courses help to develop critical thinking, reading, writing and communication skills - all valuable to careers in healthcare.

Can I double major as a pre-health student?  Will this make me a stronger applicant?

Emory students may either double major, or select one major and one minor. 

While double majoring can be beneficial to students (if there is a reason behind the double major), double majoring alone does not make students a stronger applicant.

Can I study business and still be pre-health?

Yes!  

If accepted into the Business School, students may still take courses (pre-requisites and more) in the College.  Students may also choose a second major in the College.

Can I pursue the Dual Degree Program (pre-engineering) and still be a pre-health student?

Yes, but this may take a lot of planning.

Many of the Dual Degree requirements (depending on the Georgia Tech major) are also pre-health requirements.

Do I have to decide to be pre-health or pre-med immediately?

No, but even if you are thinking pre-health, it may be a good idea to start working on pre-requisites.

PHMO advisors will work with students at any stage of their pre-health journey until you are ready to apply to graduate schools (the Career Center takes over as primary advisors at that time).

What is the most popular major for pre-health and/or pre-med students?

Pre-health/pre-med students major in lots of different subject areas. We encourage students to major in what they are passionate about and interested in studying.

Some of the most common majors are: Biology, Chemistry and NBB. 

Pre-health students have majored in every area offered by the College.  

GPA Calculator

Use this GPA Calculator to determine your current GPA or as a planning tool.

BCPM GPA Calculation

The BCPM GPA includes all Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math courses taken as an undergraduate. Courses that are cross-listed with a BCPM designation MAY be counted towards your BCPM. 

The grades from your undergraduate transcripts (from all undergraduate institutions) will be evaluated in 2 ways: the cumulative GPA and the BCPM GPA.

In order to calculate your BCPM GPA, follow these instructions:

  1. When calculating your BCPM, include ALL courses (repeats and non-Emory coursework) that you completed in Biology, Chemistry, Math and Physics

A

4.0

A-

3.7

B+

3.3

B

3.0

B-

2.7

C+

2.3

C

2.0

C-

1.7

D+

1.3

D

1.0

F

0

S/U

Will not factor into calculations

  1. Multiply each grade value by the number of credits corresponding to the course.
  2. Sum the calculations for each course grade to determine the total.
  3. Divide the total grade points by the number of attempted credits for your BCPM grade point average, and round your total to two places to the right of the decimal point.

Academic Support

The Office of Undergraduate Education offers programs to support student learning. 

Study Abroad

We are strong advocates of studying abroad and we make every effort to help you find a suitable experience. As a pre-health student, you should not miss the opportunity to study abroad. Besides enhancing your academic qualifications, studying abroad promotes an increased understanding of the world and your place in it, develops your knowledge of foreign languages, and provides you with valuable skills to help you be a competitive applicant to graduate/professional schools.

  • Other countries and other cultures view sciences differently — studying abroad enables you to join the global science community and to learn your discipline from a new perspective.
  • CIPA collaborates closely with Emory College science faculty and the Pre-Health Mentoring Office to establish and promote study abroad programs for science students. There are a wide range of programs — visit CIPA to find out more today!

Choosing the right program is the first step and then planning is the key.  Emory offers unique opportunities to study abroad while making progress towards:

  • Major requirements,
  • General Education Requirements (GERs), and/or
  • Gaining clinical or research experience.

Emory’s Guide to Study Abroad for Science and Pre-Health Students

Science Faculty Advisors for Study Abroad Students:

  • Chemistry: Dr. Doug Mulford dmulfor@emory.edu
  • Biology: Dr. Barry Yedvobnick byedvob.emory.edu
  • NBB: Dr. Paul Lennard prlenna@emory.edu
  • Physics: Dr. Thomas Bing tbing@.emory.edu

Course Selection for Pre-Health Students:

We DO NOT recommend students to take pre-health pre-requisites abroad.  Some medical/healthcare professional schools will allow a semester of physics or organic chemistry abroad and other schools will not consider them equivalent to U.S. courses.  

Choose a good program with some opportunity to interact in a healthcare setting or with service opportunities.  Often, you will find these courses, if not meeting major or GER requirements will best fit into your schedule during a summer semester.

Academic Integrity

When applying to professional graduate programs within healthcare, you will be required to disclose any honor code or conduct code violations from any institution you attended prior to applying.

The Emory Honor Code is in effect during your tenure as a student. The Emory University Undergraduate Code of Conduct is also in effect during your tenure as a student. Violations to either will be on your permanent Emory record. Criminal background checks are also performed for acceptance in most health professional programs.

If you plan to apply to professional graduate programs, you need to be very careful of the choices you make as an undergraduate student. The PHMO Staff can meet with you on a case by case basis to discuss repercussions of violations.