Pre-Genetic Counseling

Essential Courses

Course # Title
BI 105 Biological Diversity and Ecology
BI 121 Biology Lab I
BI 106 Structure and Function of Cells and Organisms
BI 122 Biology Lab II
CH 142 Integrated Chemistry Principles I
CH 143 Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab
CH 144 Integrated Chemistry Principles II
CH 145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II Lab
CH 242 Integrated Chemistry: Organic
CH 243 Integrated Chemistry: Organic La
CH 342 Integrated Chemistry: Biochemistry
CH 247 Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab
BI 305 Biostatistics
ND.SS 214 Statistics for Social Sciences
BI 207 Dynamics Of Biological Processes
BI 399 Genetic Analysis
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology
EN ___ English Course (in addition to CWS)

Important Notes

  • Also strongly recommend Physiology, Developmental Biology, Environmental Science and an additional Psychology course, as some schools require these. Also recommend Calculus I and II, Communication courses, Ethics of Health Care, Mental and Physical Handicaps, The Life Cycle, Counseling Theories and Techniques, economics, sociology courses and foreign language (especially Spanish).
  • The core courses reflect minimal requirements for most schools. Students are encouraged to take those courses that are strongly recommended. Although this course list will be sufficient for most programs, make sure to check requirements of schools in which you are interested no later than your sophomore year.
  • This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE in consultation with your advisor.
  • Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee, preferably Professor Susan Radis.
  • In addition to your course work you are required to gain some experience in crisis counseling (ex. Planned Parenthood or a crisis hotline), preferably for at least 6 months. It would also be helpful to shadow a genetic counselor, if possible.

Competitive credentials: Science and overall GPA of 3.0 and GRE of 500 or better in each section

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Suggested Core Progression for Pre-Genetic Counseling*

Bolded courses are offered only in the indicated semester and/or require a specific sequence due to Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken.

Freshman Year BI 105 Biology Lab II
  Biology Lab I Integrated Chemistry Principles II
  Integrated Chemistry Principles I Integrated Chemistry Princ II Lab
  Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab Psychology
Sophomore Year BI 106 Integrated Chemistry: Biochemistry
  Integrated Chemistry: Organic Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab
  Integrated Chemistry: Organic Lab BI 207
Junior Year Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
  Statistics Genetics Analysis
  GRE Exam Preparation* GRE Exam Preparation

*Both semesters of the year you plan to take the exam.

If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing. Also if you have a Biology POE and will not have BI 207 by the time you go abroad, check with the Biology Department to see if there is a Cell and Molecular course you can take abroad that will enable you to take upper level biology offerings at Juniata your senior year that require BI 207 (ex. Physiology, Immunology, and Microbiology)

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here. For example, if you have a Biology POE, you will need to take Freshman seminar the spring of your freshman year, Frontiers of Biology the fall of your sophomore year, and Biology 207 at your earliest opportunity after completing Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry.