Bachelor of Science in Biology

The undergraduate curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Biology degree is designed to prepare students for employment in academia, government, or industry; for graduate studies in the biological sciences or science teaching; or for admission to medical, dental, or veterinary schools. The theme of the curriculum is systems biology, employing a systems approach in solving biological problems. All students participate in research through undergraduate research courses. The School also offers the International Plan, Business Option, a minor in biology, and several certificates.

Biology Undergraduate Programs

International Plan

Georgia Tech’s International Plan, through the Office of International Education (, involves two study abroad experiences and coursework in global studies. The plan offers a challenging and coherent academic program for students to develop global competence within the context of a Biology degree. The requirements include: language proficiency equivalent to two years of college coursework (twelve hrs), one course in international relations (three hrs), global economy (three hrs), focused study of a region (three hrs), an integrative course synthesizing the international experience (three hrs), and two semesters (minimum of 26 weeks) in residence abroad. Georgia Tech biology courses are taught in Australia/New Zealand ( and Spain ( as part of the Study Abroad program. In addition, many biology courses are available through Georgia Tech partner universities abroad ( Some of these universities teach biology courses in English, such as Hong Kong University, Tokyo Technological University, University of Victoria (New Zealand), National University of Singapore, University of Strathclyde (Scotland), and Bilkent University (Turkey). Successful completion of this plan earns students an international designation on their Georgia Tech degree.

Research Option

This Research Option enables students to complete nine credit hours of supervised research with a Biology faculty member over multiple semesters. With faculty guidance, students write a brief proposal, perform independent, original research, and write a thesis about their work. The thesis is evaluated by two Biology Faculty members. The first six credit hours of the research option are taken as BIOL 2699/BIOL 4699 (research for credit) or BIOL 2698/BIOL 4698 (research for pay). Students then take either BIOL 4690 orBIOL 4910 in their final semester and two, one credit-hour writing courses, LMC 4701 and LMC 4702. These writing courses can be counted as Biology electives for Research Option students. Note that LMC 4701 should be taken in the semester prior to enrolling in BIOL 4910/BIOL 4690. The student's research is presented in BIOL 4460.

Select one of the following research options:6
Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research Assistantship
In the final semester of study, select the following courses:
BIOL 4690Independent Research Project3
or BIOL 4910 Honors Undergraduate Research Thesis
LMC 4701
LMC 4702
Undergraduate Research Proposal Writing
and Undergraduate Research Thesis Writing 1
Total Credit Hours11

Successful completion of this option earns students a "Research Option in Biology" designation on their Georgia Tech transcripts.

BS/MS Programs

The School of Biological Sciences offers two 5-year BS/MS programs:

BS in Biology/MS in Biology

BS in Biology/MS in Bioinformatics