Undergraduate Study in Biological Sciences

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The Catalog is the authoritative source of Rules and Regulations and other Policies for Georgia Tech students.

Health Sciences Requirement

All Georgia Tech students must satisfactorily complete the health and wellness requirement for graduation.

The requirement can be satisfied by completing one of two course options in Applied Physiology: APPH 1040 or APPH 1050. APPH 1040 is a two-credit-hour lecture-based course. APPH 1050 is a lecture and physical activity course that meets once per week for 1.5 credit hours of lecture and once per week at the Campus Recreations Center for 1.5 credit hours of structured physical activity. A $35 course fee is required to take APPH 1050. The School may grant credit to transfer students for comparable courses completed at other institutions. For more information, contact Applied Physiology's administrative office.

Students who have completed their health and wellness requirement are also encouraged to consider additional elective courses in Applied Physiology's Health Sciences Certificate program. In addition, other Applied Physiology (APPH) courses may be used as free electives or technical electives, if approved by the major school. Individual schools may allow up to 3 credit hours of courses to be counted toward the degree requirements. Students should check the curricula of their individual schools to determine the number of hours they may apply toward the degree.


Requesting an Overload for HPS 1040

Overload requests for APPH 1040 or APPH 1050 should be made via the online registration system. Students should contact the Office of the Registrar for information about how to request a permit/overload. Please note, no overloads are given during early registration. Overload requests will be reviewed the week before classes begin. Permits will be given at that time based upon classroom space and class status, with juniors and seniors having priority.

Certificates

Each certificate requires twelve credit hours of coursework, including at least nine credit hours at the 3000+ level. Courses required by name and number for a student's major program of study may not count towards a certificate. Students may not double-count courses towards more than one certificate or minor. Non-Biology majors will be required to include at least nine credit hours of BIOL coursework within their certificate. Students should choose twelve credit hours from the lists below for each of the six new certificates:

Biomedical Science

Select 12 credit hours from the following:12
Anatomy & Physiology
Cancer Bio/Tech
Genomics&Appl Bioinfor
Medical Microbiology
Exper Dgn&Statis Methods
Developmental Biology
Immunology & Immunochem
Bioethics
Eukaryotic Mol Genetics
Intro Neuroscience
Special Topics (Current Trends in Biomedical Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences)
Special Topics (Evolutionary Developmental Biology)
Special Topics (Drug Discovery)
Special Topics (Human Genetics)
Special Topics (Virology)
Special Topics (Endocrinology)
Systems Physiology
Neuroengineering Fund
Cell & Tissue Engr Lab
Drug Design,Devlpmnt&Delivery
Intro Biomedicine & Cult
Biopsychology
Total Credit Hours12

Biomolecular Technology

Select 12 credit hours from the following:12
Intro Microbiology
Intro Microbiology Lab
Macromolecular Modeling
Genomics&Appl Bioinfor
Molecular Evolution
Plant Physiology
Signaling Molecules
Biophysics
Prokaryotic Mole Genetics
Eukaryotic Mol Genetics
Special Topics (Drug Discovery)
Special Topics (Protein Biology)
Special Topics (Regulatory RNAs)
Special Topics (Environmental Microbial Genomics)
Drug Design,Devlpmnt&Delivery
Biochemistry I
Biochemistry II
Biophysical Chemistry
Special Topics
Biocatalysis
Total Credit Hours12

Computational & Quantitative Biology

Select 12 credit hours from the following:12
Math Models in Biol
Macromolecular Modeling
Genomics&Appl Bioinfor
Molecular Evolution
Exper Dgn&Statis Methods
Theoretical Ecology
Mathematical Biology
Special Topics (Computational Systems Biology)
Bio Networks & Genomics
Intr to Database Systems
CS for Bioinformatics
Applied Combinatorics
Probability & Statistics
Intro to Graph Theory
Statistics& Applications
Total Credit Hours12

Environmental Science

Select 12 credit hours from the following:12
Biogeography-New Zealand
Ecology&Evol-Australia
Tropical Ecology
Intro Microbiology
Intro Microbiology Lab
Sensory Ecology
Biological Oceanography
Microbial Ecology
Marine Ecology
Microbial Physiology
Theoretical Ecology
Plant Physiology
Animal Physiology
Behavior Biology
Aquatic Chemical Ecology
Special Topics (Community Ecology)
Special Topics (Population Biology)
Special Topics (Urban Ecology)
Special Topics (Population & Evolutionary Ecology)
Environmental Engr Prin
Environ Engr Laboratory
Environmental Engr Sys
Environ Impact Assess
Atmospheric Chemistry
Intro-Environmental Sci
Habitable Planet
Environmental Measures
Earth Processes
Earth Through Time
Resources, Energy&Environ
Oceanography
Paleoclim & Paleocean
Climate & Global Change
Biogeochemical Cycles
Total Credit Hours12

Marine Science

Select 12 credit hours from the following:12
Biological Oceanography
Microbial Ecology
Marine Ecology
Animal Physiology
Aquatic Chemical Ecology
Fluid Mechanics
Coastal Engineering
Geochemistry
Oceanography
Paleoclim & Paleocean
Biogeochemical Cycles
Navigation
Total Credit Hours12

Biologically Inspired Design

Required
BIOL/ISYE/MSE/ME 4740Bio-Inspired Design3
Electives
Select 9 credit hours from the following:9
Anatomy
Human Physiology
Plant Physiology
Developmental Biology
Biophysics
Sensory Ecology
Animal Physiology
Behavior Biology
Intro Neuroscience
Special Topics (Urban Ecology)
Special Topics (Vertebrate Biology)
Special Topics (Bioinspired Materials Design)
Intro to Visual Arts
Systems Physiology
Quant Engr Physio Lab I
Neuroengineering Fund
Cell & Tissue Engr Lab
Intro Neuroscience
Biofluid Mechanics
Biosolid Mechanics
Fluid Mechanics
Materials Select& Design
Total Credit Hours12

Integrative Biology

Select twelve credit hours from courses represented in four of the other certificates listed above (e.g., three credit hours from each of four other certificates = 12 credit hours total).

For Non-Biology Majors

Additional courses that can count towards any of the above certificates are1:

BIOL 1510
BIOL 1511
Biological Principles
and Honors Biological Prin
8
BIOL 1520
BIOL 1521
Intro to Organismal Biol
and Honors Organismal Biol
8
BIOL 2335
BIOL 2337
General Ecology
and Honors Ecology
6
BIOL 2344
BIOL 2345
Genetics
and Genetics Laboratory
4
1

As long as these courses are not required for the major program of study, and only up to three credit hours of courses at the 1xxx-2xxx level can count.

At least nine credits of BIOL coursework are required for each certificate.