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Decoding the TMDSAS Coursework Coding Options

There is some uncertainty that arises when it comes to coding your coursework in the TMDSAS application. You may be asking yourself; what if I code them incorrectly and my application get delayed (which it won’t)?

As part of the article series Entering Coursework, this article provides clarity for each coding to help you select the best option for your courses. You may also use pages 25-30 in the TMDSAS Application Handbook, the Entering Coursework video, and your official transcripts to follow along. By the end of this article, you'll have the tools you need to understand each coding option.

Familiarize Yourself With the Course Coding Options

Courses will fall into one of the three categories: Pre-requisite (any coding except CAL, MATH, NonSci, and OthSci), Non Science, or Other Science.

For Pre-requisite coding, you may use the Course Listings pages on the TMDSAS website for your institutions to ensure courses are coded correctly.


How to Read and Understand the Course Listings Page for Your Institution

Go to the Course Listings page and search for your institution name. Note that any Texas community college will be all listed under the entry ‘TEXAS COMMUNITY COLLEGES’. All Texas community colleges use the same course numbering system and will all be included in this entry.

There are two areas to pay attention to in the Course Listings to understand how to code your courses properly.
screenshot of UT Austin course listing

Any course listed under the blue line has already been reviewed in the past and can satisfy the pre-requisite requirements. These courses can be coded as a Pre-requisite depending on the subject (any coding except CAL, MATH, NonSci, and OthSci).

screenshot of course listing (does not meet requirements section)

Any course listed under the black line has already been reviewed in the past and will not satisfy the pre-requisite requirements. However, these courses can be coded as ‘Other Science’.


Please note that our Course Listings page is constantly evolving as we receive and review coursework from various institutions. If your institution does not show up in the Course Listings or there’s limited information, use your best judgement when coding and refer to the Prescribed Coursework Definitions and refer to another article in the series, What To Do When There's No Course Listing Available.

You may also contact your pre-health advisor at your institution to help you determine if your courses will meet the requirements. Non-traditional applicants can request to be paired with a volunteer health professions advisor or join the TMDSAS Non-Traditional Students Facebook group to seek advising.

TMDSAS will review coursework during processing and ensure that the topics covered in your courses align with the guidance provided by our member institutions to fulfill their pre-requisite requirements. TMDSAS will make corrections as needed. You will NOT be penalized for incorrect course coding.


Select the course area classification based on the primary content of the course.

BioBxC - Bio Chem-Bio Dept
ChBxC - Bio Chem-Chem Dept
BioLab - Biology Lab
BioLec - Bio Lec
BioLL - Bio Lec and Lab
CAL - Calculus
STA - Statistics
MATH - Mathematics
Engl - English
ChemLab - Gen Chem Lab
ChemLec - Gen Chem Lecture
ChemLL - Gen Chem Lec and Lab
NonSci - Non Science
OrgChLab - Organic Chemistry Lab
OrgChLec - Organic Chemistry Lecture
OrgChemLL - Org Chem Lec and Lab
OthSci - Other Science
PhysLab - Physics Lab
PhysLec - Physics Lec
PhysLL - Physics Lab and Lec


Notes about Coding:

  1. Choose ‘BioBxC’ if your biochemistry course was taught in the Biology department at your institution or the ‘ChBxC’ code if it was taught in the Chemistry department. If your institution had its own Biochemistry department, you may choose either coding.
  2. Any code with the ‘LL’ distinction should be used for courses that were lecture AND lab combined. For example, you received 4 credit hours for your Biology course which shows up on your transcript as 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of lab OR 4 hours total next to the course name and a lab listed underneath with no credit hours attached to it.
  3. Any Math course that is not Developmental, Calculus or Statistics, should be coded as ‘MATH-Mathematics’ in the application.
  4. Social Science courses are Non Science. Use page ‘xvii’ in the Application Handbook glossary for examples of courses that can be coded as ‘Non Science’.
  5. To determine if your course can be coded as an ‘Other Science’, take a look at the Requirements for BCPM Inclusion. Research courses are typically ‘Other Science’. Use pages ‘xvii - xix’ in the Application Handbook glossary for examples of courses that can be coded as ‘Other Science’.


How to code your Graduate, Foreign, and AP credits

  1. Graduate level courses will NOT satisfy the pre-requisite requirements and must be coded as ‘Other Science’ or ‘Non Science’.
  2. Except Canadian coursework, foreign coursework will NOT meet pre-requisites; code these ONLY as Other Science or Non-Science.
  3. AP credit is only accepted as a pre-requisite code if the school granting the credit lists the specific course breakdown on your official transcript and the course is listed in the Course Listings Otherwise, AP credit needs to be coded as ‘Non Science’ or ‘Other Science’.



There are three different course codes to look out for: Pre-requisite, Non Science and Other Science. Use the Course Listings page for your institution to see if your courses have been reviewed in the past and could fall under the Pre-requisite or Other Science coding. If there is limited or no information about your institution, contact your pre-health advisor or a volunteer advisor if you are a non-traditional applicant. They can advise you if your courses will count as pre-requisites. We have listed coding notes to refer to that can help you decide how to best code your courses.

Remember, use your best judgement, and use the resources available to you for guidance. TMDSAS will determine the correct course area during processing and will adjust a course coding accordingly. If a course appeal is needed, you may refer to another article in the series, What To Do When There's No Course Listing Available for more information.


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