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Genetic counseling is a fascinating career choice with ever-widening options and career opportunities as our understanding of genetics continues to deepen. The minor within WSU’s School of Molecular Biosciences prepares students to apply to the limited number of certified genetic counseling programs in the country. The curriculum, designed in consultation with these programs, is rigorous and diverse, including not only courses in genetics but also in philosophy, psychology, sociology, math, and statistics.
- Strengths of the program
- You can join a math, science, and engineering community residence hall at WSU Pullman—share classes with your neighbors, study together, get free tutoring, and use the hall’s computer lab.
- With further study, provide a highly important analysis and service, one that can strongly affect people’s lives for the better.
- Learn how to assess people’s risks for genetic difficulties, as well as the potential for passing along such risks to their children.
- Requirements and core courses
—Minor in Pre-Genetic Counseling
Students minoring in pre-genetic counseling take the following core courses as well as other University, college, and degree requirements.
MBioS 301—General Genetics
MBioS 423—Human Genetics
Phil 365—Biomedical Ethics
Psych 321—Introduction to Personality
Psych 444—Basic Helping Skills
or Psych 440--Clinical Community Psychology
Psych 445—Undergraduate Practicum
Math 360—Probability and Statistics
Psych 311—Elementary Statistics in Psychology
Math 212—Introduction to Statistical Methods
A grade of C or better in all course work is required.
Note: See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Scholarships and financial aid
For all students
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs. Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
Students should complete the Washington State University general scholarship application and the FAFSA to ensure their eligibility for the widest range of scholarships and needed-based financial aid.
For information or to apply for financial aid and scholarships from WSU, see the Scholarships and Finances section of the WSU website.