Calculating Your Math/Science GPA

  • Jan 10, 2017

It's important to know how to calculate your science and math GPA, which will be reported by centralized application services to the professional health schools to which you apply. On the preprofessional website, you can find a table that lists the different professional health schools and the courses their centralized application services consider when calculating the science and math GPA.

To calculate your science & math GPA, use the following steps:

  1. List each course you took or plan on taking and how many credits it is worth.
  2. For each course, list the earned or expected grade.
  3. Multiply the number of credits by the grade to get the “Grade Points” for each course.
  4. Add the Grade Points for each course together to get Total Grade Points.
  5. Divide the Total Grade Points by the total number of Credit Hours attempted. Credit hours = the total number of credits you earned and attempted. (Note that you do not earn credits for courses with a grade of 0.0 at MSU)

Example - This is an example of how AMCAS will calculate your GPA. You are interested in knowing your science & Math GPA and these are the grades you have thus far in your classes. (Note that depending on which professional school you will apply to will depend on which courses you consider to be science & Math. Please refer to the table above for specific information).

Course Credits Grade Grade Points
CEM 141 4 4.0 16
CEM 161 1 4.0 4
CEM 142 3 3.5 10.5
BS 110 4 4.0 16
PHY 231 3 3.5 10.5
Totals 15 Credit Hours   57 grade points

57 Grade Points ÷ 15 Credits = 3.8 GPA in the sciences.


By Anna