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When you major in Genetics and Counseling Psychology we see you on your way to a leadership role in the emerging healthcare field.  By using independent thinking skills to investigate the real-world impact of genetic variation, you will develop an appreciation for the complexity of human traits, as well as the strengths and limitations of existing and emerging approaches to understanding the basis of traits and the etiology of disorders with at least some heritable variation. 

This major fulfills the general requirements to be admitted to graduate-level genetic counseling programs. The overall program provides you with broad training across both genetics and psychology, preparing you for various careers. 

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Total number of credits: 58-64

Course requirements

BIO 123 Foundations in Biology 4 credits
BIO 124 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credits
(Students with Advanced Placement credit for BIO 123 and/or BIO 124 are required to take the BIO 123 and BIO 124 Labs.)
BIO 231 Genetics 4 credits
BIO 239 Animal Ecology, Development, and Evolution 4 credits
BIO 248 Biostatistics 3 credits
OR PSY 212 Statistical Methods 4 credits
OR MAT 110 Probability and Statistics 3 credits
OR MAT 210 Mathematical Statistics and Probability 3 credits
BIO 317 Human and Biomedical Genetics 3 credits
CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits
CHE 203 Survey of Organic Chemistry 3 credits
OR CHE 205/206 Organic Chemistry I/II 8 credits
CHE 217 Principles of Biochemistry 3 credits
OR CHE 307 Biochemistry I 4 credits
HLT 101 Introduction to the Health Professions 1 credit
BIO 350 Junior Colloquium 2 credits
BIO 358 Science, Ethics and Society 3 credits
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
PSY 210 Lifespan Development 3 credits
PSY 215 Biological Psychology 3 credits
OR BIO 200 Introduction to Neuroscience 3 credits

Electives chosen from the following (*minimum 6 credits with CHE 205/206, 7 credits with CHE 203)

BIO 260 Comparative Animal Physiology 3-4 credits
BIO 300 Evolution 3-4 credits
BIO 332 Developmental Biology 3-4 credits
BIO 335 Molecular Genetics I 4 credits
BIO 336 Molecular Genetics II 4 credits
BIO 339 Biology of Cancer 3 credits
BIO 345 Advanced Recombinant DNA Techniques 3 credits
BUA 211 Introduction to Health Care Systems 3 credits
PSY 201 Mind-Body Medicine 3 credits
PSY 211 Experimental Methods 4 credits
PSY 227 Principles of Helping Relationship 3 credits
PSY 251 Health Psychology 3 credits
PSY 270 Psychology Internship 1-3 credits
PSY 304 Stress, Disease and Psychophysiological Interventions 3 credits
PSY 309 Psychopathology (formerly Abnormal Psychology) 3 credits
PSY 316 Systems of Psychotherapy 3 credits
PSY 317 Learning & Lab 4 credits
PSY 336 Cognitive Psychology 4 credits
PSY 344 Professional Ethics 3 credits
PSY 351 Theories of Personality 3 credits
SOC 321 Family as a Social Institution 3 credits
SWK 313 Minorities and Human Relations 3 credits

Transfer students must complete at least the following at Cedar Crest College for the B.S. in Genetics and Counseling Psychology

It is a general Cedar Crest College policy that a student must complete a minimum of 18 credits of major requirements through Cedar Crest College course work.

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