Requirements 5-year BS/MS program (BSBIOL/MSBIO)

For the 5-year BS/MS program in Bioinformatics, please click here.

 
Program rules

The following requirements are changed for students in the 5 year BS/MS program

BS program course BS credits 5-yr BS/MS course BS/MS credits
Fourth Year - Fall

BIOL4590 - Research Project Lab

BIOL4690 - Independent Research Project

or

BIOL4910 - Honors Research Thesis

3

BIOL4690 - Independent Research Project

or

BIOL4910 - Honors Research Thesis

3
Biology electives 6

Biology electives

Graduate coursework

3

3

Fourth Year - Spring
Biology electives 3 Graduate coursework 3
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in Biology courses
  • Students cannot graduate with a BS and MS at the same time
  • The BSBIO/MSBIO requires that the students make the following changes to the BS degree, typically in the fourth year of their degree program*:

Example schedule of classes 

The full 5 year program of study can be completed as follows

Undergraduate classes:

Year Term Class Hours
1 Fall ENGL 1101 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I 3
    MATH 1551 DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS 2
    BIOL 1510 OR 1511 BIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES 4
    CHEM 1211K CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES I 4
    GT 1000 FRESHMAN SEMINAR [B] 1
1 Spring HIST 2111 or 2112 or POL 1101 or PUBP 3000 or INTA1200 3
    ENGL 1102 ENGLISH COMPOSITION II 3
    MATH 1553 LINEAR ALGEBRA 2
    BIOL 1520 OR 1521 INTRODUCTION TO ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY [C] 4
    CHEM 1212K CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES II 4
2 Fall BIOL 2344 GENETICS OR BIOL 2335 ECOLOGY OR BIOL 2337 HONORS ECOLOGY 3
    BIOL 2345 GENETICS LAB OR BIOL 2336 ECOLOGY LAB OR BIOL 2338 HONORS ECOLOGY LAB [D] 1
    CHEM 2311 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 3
    FREE ELECTIVE 3
    GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE (Either Humanities or Social Science elective) 3
    COMPUTING REQUIREMENT 3
2 Spring BIOL 2344 GENETICS OR BIOL 2335 ECOLOGY OR BIOL 2337 HONORS ECOLOGY 3
    BIOL 2345 GENETICS LAB OR BIOL 2336 ECOLOGY LAB OR BIOL 2338 HONORS ECOLOGY LAB [D] 1
    CHEM 2312 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II 3
    CHEM 2380 SYNTHESIS LAB 2
    MATH 1555 (OR MATH 1552) INTEGRAL CALCULUS 4
    QUANTITATIVE BIOLOGY REQUIREMENT [E] OR FREE ELECTIVE 3
3 Fall BIOL 3450 CELL & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OR BIOL 3600 EVOLUTION [D] 3
    BIOLOGY ELECTIVE(S) [G] or QUANTITATIVE BIOLOGY REQUIREMENT 3
    FREE ELECTIVE 2
    PHYS 2212 INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS II 4
    HUMANITIES OR SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
3 Spring BIOL 3450 CELL & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OR BIOL 3600 EVOLUTION [D] 3
    BIOL 2345 GENETICS LAB OR BIOL 2336 ECOLOGY LAB OR BIOL 2338 HONORS ECOLOGY LAB OR CELL & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LAB [D] 1
    BIOLOGY ELECTIVES [G] 6
    PHYS 2212 INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS II 4
    WELLNESS 2
4 Fall BIOL 4690/4699/4910 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH OR SENIOR RESEARCH EXPERIENCE 3
    BIOL 4460 COMMUNICATING BIOL RESEARCH [H] 1
    BIOLOGY ELECTIVES [G] 3
    BIOL GRADUATE COURSEWORK (graded, double-counted) 3
    FREE ELECTIVE(S) 3
    HUMANITIES OR SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
4 Spring BIOL GRADUATE COURSEWORK (graded, double-counted) 3
    FREE ELECTIVE(S) 6
    HUMANITIES OR SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVES 6
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS INCLUDING WELLNESS AND DOUBLE-COUNTED CREDITS (6 HOURS)  122

[A] MATH 1501 and 1502 can be substituted for MATH 1503 and 1504

[B] Not required for graduation.

[C] Four hours of Biology Elective credit can be substituted. Students should discuss this option with their academic advisor.

[D] Students must take two of the following three lab courses with the corresponding lecture courses: Ecology, Genetics, Cell & Molecular Biology.

[E] The quantitative biology requirement can be met by taking BIOL 2400, 4150, or 4401.

[F] The Senior Research Experience can be met by taking BIOL 4590, 4690, or 4910.

[G] Biology electives include 12 "depth" credit hours of "BIOL" courses (excluding BIOL 4694-4699) and 9 "breadth" credit hours of courses, as described in the Student Handbook.

[H] Senior Research Experience and Communicating Biology Research may be swapped with biology elective in fourth year.

 

Master's classes

Year Term Class Hours
5 Fall MASTERS RESEARCH 8
    BIOLOGY GRADUATE COURSEWORK 6
    BIOLOGY SEMINAR 1
5 Spring MASTERS RESEARCH 8
    BIOLOGY GRADUATE COURSEWORK 6
    BIOLOGY SEMINAR 1
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS INCLUDING DOUBLE-COUNTED CREDITS (6 HOURS) 36
 

 

Questions?
  • For questions on undergraduate courses, please contact your academic advisor
  • For questions on graduate courses, please contact Chung Kim (ckim@gatech.edu)
  • For questions on research, please contact your research advisor
  • All other questions can be sent to BSMS@biology.gatech.edu

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