What major, courses, and experience are required for genetic counseling programs?
The best applicants will have experience in the fields of biology, genetics, and psychology. Therefore, any major that emphasizes topics within these fields would be a good choice. Majors in Biology, Psychology, Genetics, Cell Biology or Health Promotions (with a Health Services emphasis) would be sufficient. Additionally, one may consider a minor in Public Health as well.
Course requirements for GC programs typically include:
- Biology (BIOL 1107/L and 1108/L)
- Statistics (STAT 2000)
- General Psychology (PSYC 1101)
- Biochemistry (BCMB 3100)
- Genetics (GENE 3200)
Additional courses that are often recommended or required:
- Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 3230)