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Course Classification Guide
Each course in the AMCAS application must be classified strictly on the primary content of the course. You are responsible for selecting the correct course classification, but AMCAS reserves the right to change classifications if the assigned classification clearly does not apply.
In the event that you are unable to comfortably classify a course, or in the case of interdisciplinary courses, refer to the description of the course on your school's Web site or consult with your Pre-health Advisor to choose the most appropriate classification.
The following guide provides examples of how courses are often categorized. This guide is also available in a printer-friendly PDF format .
BCPM Courses (Science)
AO Courses (All Other)
Behavioral & Social Sciences (BESS)
Human Resource Studies
Media Production & Studies
TV, Video, & Audio
Computer Science & Technology (COMP)
Counseling & Personnel Services
Curriculum & Instruction
Physical Education (except sports courses)
English Language & Literature (ENGL)
Composition & Rhetoric
Fine Arts (ARTS)
Foreign Languages, Linguistics, & Literature (FLAN)
American Sign Language
Foreign Language(s) & Literature
Government, Political Science, & Law (GOVT)
Criminology & Criminal Justice
International Relations & Studies
Public Affairs & Policy
Urban Policy & Planning
Health Sciences (HEAL)
Hearing & Speech Studies
Pharmacology & Pharmacy
Natural & Physical Sciences (NPSC)
Animal & Avian Sciences
Environmental Science & Policy
Sports (tennis, golf, aerobics, etc.)
Philosophy & Religion (PHIL)
Special Studies (SSTU)
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