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.
Emory University requires the successful completion (C or better) of courses in Genetics (GENE 3200), Biochemistry (BCMB 3100), Psychology (PSYC 4220, PSYC 3230, and/or PSYC 4240), and Statistics (STAT 2000 or BIOS 2010). Additional coursework in genetics, psychology, and public health may be
Most programs also ask that applicants have some experience counseling or working with individuals with disabilities, genetic conditions, or other disadvantaged conditions. Hospitals, hospices, summer camps, etc. are all fruitful avenues for volunteer experience.