Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry - Pre-Health Option

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree program consists of a combination of requirements and electives that ensure a strong foundation in the chemical and biological sciences while providing the flexibility to tailor the curriculum to satisfy specific interests or career goals. This program may be of interest to students who plan careers in research, teaching, or in a life/health science profession (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry). The judicious use of free electives also enables the student to achieve considerable knowledge of other disciplines at Georgia Tech, such as chemical and biomolecular engineering, bioinformatics (computing), biomedical engineering, and biology. The biochemistry curriculum enables majors who are interested in medical, dental, or law school to meet admission requirements of these schools. Successful completion of the Pre-Health Science Option is noted on the student's transcript.

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Wellness
APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1552Integral Calculus4
Core B - Institutional Options
CS 1301Introduction to Computing 3
or CS 1315 Introduction to Media Computation
or CS 1371 Computing for Engineers
Core C - Humanities
Any HUM 6
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
PHYS 2211Introductory Physics I 4
PHYS 2212Introductory Physics II 4
MATH 1551Differential Calculus2
MATH 1553Introduction to Linear Algebra2
Core E - Social Sciences
Select one of the following:3
The United States to 1877
The United States since 1877
American Government in Comparative Perspective
Government of the United States
American Constitutional Issues
Any SS 19
Core F - Courses Related to Major
CHEM 1211KChemical Principles I 4
CHEM 1212KChemical Principles II4
CHEM 2380Synthesis Laboratory I2
BIOL 1510Biological Principles 4
BIOL 1520Introduction to Organismal Biology4
Major Requirements
CHEM 2211Introduction to Quantitative Analysis3
CHEM 2311Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2312Organic Chemistry II3
or CHEM 2313 Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry
CHEM 3211Analytical Chemistry5
CHEM 3371Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 3411Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 4511Biochemistry I3
CHEM 4512Biochemistry II3
CHEM 4581Biochemistry Laboratory I3
CHEM 4582Biochemistry Laboratory II3
Pre-Health Electives
Select 15 credits from the following:15
Funadmentals of Anatomy
Laboratory in Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
Laboratory in Human Physiology
Human Neuroanatomy
Genetics
Genetics Laboratory
Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell and Molecular Biology Lab
Introductory Microbiology
Cancer Biology and Biotechnology
Medical Microbiology
Developmental Biology,Developmental Genetics
Genetics of Complex Human Traits and Diseases
Immunology and Immunochemistry
Physiology of Cellular and Molecular Systems
Biophysical Chemistry
Drug Design, Development, and Delivery
Free Electives
Free Electives 213
Total Credit Hours122

Pass-fail only allowed for Free Electives.

1

 It is suggested that students select pre-health preparation courses (SOC and PSYC).

2

 It is suggested that students select pre-health preparation courses (APPH, BIOL, HTS, LMC, PSYC)

International Plan

The BS in Chemistry (International Plan) and BS in Biochemistry (International Plan) are offered to undergraduate students seeking to understand their majors in a global perspective. Students in this program must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language; complete coursework in a country/regional elective, international relations, and global economics; and participate study or research abroad experience (usually in the junior year). While abroad, students are required to complete in a supervised research experience with a faculty member in chemistry and biochemistry at the host institution. Upon successful completion of degree requirements for the International Plan, a "International Plan" designator is indicated on the diploma. If interested in participating in the International Plan as part of the BS in Chemistry or BS in Biochemistry, students should visit: www.internationalplan.gatech.edu.

Research Option

The BS in Chemistry (Research Option) and BS in Biochemistry (Research Option) are offered for students who wish to participate in a research problem under the supervision of one of the fifty members of faculty and adjunct faculty in the School. Participants in the Research Option learn how to address a research problem from experiment design and execution to interpretation of results. There is an expectation that undergraduates who contribute to completed studies will be co-authors on submissions to high-quality scholarly journals. Research projects are available in the traditional areas of chemistry (analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, physical, and polymer chemistry) as well as highly interdisciplinary research areas, such as nanochemistry, polymer and materials chemistry, environmental chemistry and sensors, medicinal chemistry, molecular biophysics, and computational chemistry.

To pursue the Research Option in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, students should obtain a research project with a faculty member in the department and apply online via www.undergradresearch.gatech.edu. Successful completion of the Research Option requires the following:

Select one of the following research options: 19
Undergraduate Research Assistantship
Undergraduate Research Assistantship
LMC 4701Undergraduate Research Proposal Writing (complete during the first or second semester of research) 21
LMC 4702Undergraduate Research Thesis Writing (take during the term in which students complete their thesis) 31
Total Credit Hours11
1

supervised research with faculty over three or more semesters

2

approval of proposal on project by a committee of two or more faculty

3

submission of an approved thesis

Successful completion of the Research Option is noted on the student's transcript. Students completing this option often pursue graduate studies in the chemical or biological sciences or research careers in industrial or governmental laboratories.