Minor in Physiology

Physiology is a highly integrative and complex discipline that provides the foundation for careers in many areas of scientific research, engineering design, clinical practice and public policy. As such, the School of Biological Sciences within the College of Sciences supports this minor concentration in Physiology. The School of Biological Sciences already offers a certificate; thus, the ability to offer a minor with a modest increase in credit hours is feasible and within the capacity of the host School. The curriculum includes both core courses and electives that are currently offered, and provides fundamental training in the structure and function of the human body (anatomy and physiology) as well as in-depth areas within the discipline (muscle physiology, exercise physiology, motor control, neuroanatomy, kinesiology, nutrition) and applications of this knowledge (sport science, medicine).

Minor Program of Study & Guidelines

Program of Study

Required Courses
BIOS 3753Human Anatomy3
BIOS 3755Human Physiology3
Biological Sciences Electives 1,29
BIOS Elective options (a minimum of 6 BIOS hours is required):
Introduction to Sport Science
Survey of Medicine
Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell and Molecular Biology Lab
Laboratory in Human Anatomy
Physiology Laboratory
Exercise Physiology
Kinesiological Basis of Human Movement
Ion Channels
Human Neuroanatomy
Microbial Physiology
Developmental Biology
Human Motor Control
Undergraduate Research
BIOS 4803
Special Topics
Non-BIOS elective options:
Systems Physiology
Biomedical Instrumentation
Biomedicine and Culture
Biofluid Mechanics
Biosolid Mechanics
Abnormal Psychology
Cognitive Neuroscience
Behavioral Pharmacology
Cell and Molecular Neuroscience
Total Credit Hours15

Students must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of BIOS courses. The remaining 3 credit hours of electives may be selected from the listed non-BIOS elective options or may be selected from the BIOS courses.


A maximum of 6 credit hours of Special Topics courses may be included in a minor program or the student may complete 3 credit hours of Special Topics and 3 credit hours of either Special Problems or Undergraduate Research. Students may not use 6 credit hours of either Special Problems or Undergraduate Research for a minor. BIOS 4699 or BIOS 4803 must be approved by the minor advisor.

  • Students must earn ‘C’ or higher in each minor course (no pass/fail credits)
  • A maximum of 3 credit hours of transfer credit may be used to satisfy the course requirements for a minor. This includes courses taken at another institution or credit earned through the AP or IB program, assuming the scores meet Georgia Tech minimum standards.
  • It is the major advisor’s responsibility to verify that students are using only courses from the designated block(s) from the student’s major field of study that are allowed to satisfy a minor program, that they are not using any Core Area A-E courses (including humanities and social sciences), and that they are not using any courses for more than one minor or certificate. Any free elective course used to satisfy the course requirements of the student’s major degree program may also be used to satisfy the course requirements for a minor.