Undergraduate Study in Biological Sciences

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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
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Cancer Biology and Biotechnology
Genomics and Applied Bioinformatics
Medical Microbiology
Experimental Design and Statistical Methods in Biology
Developmental Biology,Developmental Genetics
Immunology and Immunochemistry
Bioethics
Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics
Introductory 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 Fundamentals
Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratory
Drug Design, Development and Delivery
Introduction to Biomedicine and Culture
Biopsychology
Total Credit Hours12

Biomolecular Technology

Select 12 credit hours from the following:12
Introductory Microbiology
Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
Macromolecular Modeling
Genomics and Applied Bioinformatics
Molecular Evolution
Plant Physiology
Signaling Molecules
Physical Biology,Biophysics
Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics
Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics
Special Topics (Drug Discovery)
Special Topics (Protein Biology)
Special Topics (Regulatory RNAs)
Special Topics (Environmental Microbial Genomics)
Drug Design, Development and Delivery
Biochemistry I
Biochemistry II
Biophysical Chemistry
Special Topics
Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering
Total Credit Hours12

Computational & Quantitative Biology

Select 12 credit hours from the following:12
Mathematical Models in Biology
Macromolecular Modeling
Genomics and Applied Bioinformatics
Molecular Evolution
Experimental Design and Statistical Methods in Biology
Theoretical Ecology
Mathematical Biology
Special Topics (Computational Systems Biology)
Biological Networks and Genomics
Introduction to Database Systems
Introduction to Computing Concepts for Bioinformatics
Applied Combinatorics
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Introduction to Graph Theory
Statistics and Applications
Total Credit Hours12

Environmental Science

Select 12 credit hours from the following:12
Island Biogeography of New Zealand
Ecology and Evolution: An Australian Perspective
Tropical Ecology
Introductory Microbiology
Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
Sensory Ecology
Biological Oceanography
Microbial Ecology
Marine Ecology
Microbial Physiology
Theoretical Ecology
Plant Physiology
General Animal Physiology I
Behavioral Biology
Aquatic Chemical Ecology
Special Topics (Community Ecology)
Special Topics (Population Biology)
Special Topics (Urban Ecology)
Special Topics (Population & Evolutionary Ecology)
Environmental Engineering Principles
Environmental Engineering Laboratory
Environmental Engineering Systems
Environmental Impact Assessment
Atmospheric Chemistry
Introduction to Environmental Science
Habitable Planet
Environmental Measures of Urban and Regional Change
Earth Processes
Earth Through Time
Resources, Energy and the Environment
Introduction to Physical and Chemical Oceanography
Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography
Climate and Global Change
Biogeochemical Cycles
Total Credit Hours12

Marine Science

Select 12 credit hours from the following:12
Biological Oceanography
Microbial Ecology
Marine Ecology
General Animal Physiology I
Aquatic Chemical Ecology
Fluid Mechanics
Introduction to Coastal Engineering
Geochemistry
Introduction to Physical and Chemical Oceanography
Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography
Biogeochemical Cycles
Navigation
Total Credit Hours12

Biologically Inspired Design

Required
BIOL/ISYE/MSE/ME 4740Biologically Inspired Design3
Electives
Select 9 credit hours from the following:9
Funadmentals of Anatomy
Human Physiology
Plant Physiology
Developmental Biology,Developmental Genetics
Physical Biology,Biophysics
Sensory Ecology
General Animal Physiology I
Behavioral Biology
Introductory Neuroscience
Special Topics (Urban Ecology)
Special Topics (Vertebrate Biology)
Special Topics (Bioinspired Materials Design)
Introduction to Visual Arts
Systems Physiology
Quantitative Engineering Physiology Laboratory I
Neuroengineering Fundamentals
Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratory
Introductory Neuroscience
Biofluid Mechanics
Biosolid Mechanics
Fluid Mechanics
Materials Selection and 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 Principles
8
BIOL 1520
BIOL 1521
Introduction to Organismal Biology
and Honors Introduction to Organismal Biology
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.