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

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Complete before applying to BS/MS Biology
# REQUIREMENT DETAILS TYPICAL TIMELINE
1 GPA > 3.3 Minimum GPA for Application Apply after completion
of 30 credit hours but before
completion of 90 credit hours
Complete before finishing BS Biology
# REQUIREMENT DETAILS TYPICAL TIMELINE
1 Graduate Biology Course BIOL 6000 and above 4th year - Fall
2 Graduate Biology Course BIOL 6000 and above 4th year - Spring
3 Capstone research BIOL 4690 or BIOL 4910 4th year - Spring
4 GPA >3.0 Minimum GPA for graduation with BSBIO to continue into MSBINF 4th year - Spring
Complete during MS Biology
# REQUIREMENTS DETAILS TYPICAL TIMELINE
1 Masters Research 8 hours (BIOL 8901 + BIOL 7000) 5th year - Fall
2 Graduate Biology Courses BIOL 6000 and above (6 hours) 5th year - Fall
3 Biology Seminar BIOL 8002 (1 hour) 5th year - Fall
4 Masters Research 8 hours (BIOL 8901 + BIOL 7000) 5th year - Spring
5 Graduate Biology Courses BIOL 6000 and above (6 hours) 5th year - Spring
6 Biology Seminar BIOL 8003 (1 hour) 5th year - Spring
7 GPA  >2.70 Minimum GPA for graduation with MSBIO End of Masters

Example Schedule of Classes

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

BS: Total Degree Hours = 122

1st Year Fall Hours 1st Year Spring Hours
ENGL 1101 - English Composition I 3 HIST 2111 or 2112 or POL 1101 or PUBP 3000 or INTA 1200 3
MATH 1551 - Differential Calculus  2 ENGL 1102 - English Composition II 3
BIOL 1510 OR 1511 - Biological Principles 4 MATH 1553 - Linear Algebra 2
CHEM 1211K - Chemical Principles I 4 BIOL 1520 OR 1521 - Introduction to Organismal Biology [C] 4
GT 1000 - Freshman Seminar [B] 1 CHEM 1212K - Chemical Principles II 4
TOTAL 14 TOTAL 16
2nd Year Fall Hours 2nd Year Spring Hours
BIOL 2335 - Ecology or BIOL 2344 - Genetics 3 BIOL 2335 - Ecology or BIOL 2344 - Genetics  3
BIOL 2336 - Ecology Lab or BIOL 2345 - Genetics Lab [D] 1 BIOL 2336 - Ecology Lab or BIOL 2345 - Genetics Lab [D] 1
CHEM 2311 - Organic Chemistry I 3 CHEM 2312 - Organic Chemistry II or CHEM 2313 Bioorganic Chemistry 3
Free Elective 3 CHEM 2380 - Synthesis Lab 2
Global Perspective (Either Humanities or Social Science elective) 3 MATH 1555 (OR MATH 1552) - Integral Calculus 4
Computing Requirement (CS 1301 or 1315 or 1371) 3 Quantitative Biology Requirement [E] or Free Elective 3
TOTAL 15 or 16 TOTAL 15 or 16
3rd Year Fall Hours 3rd Year Spring Hours
BIOL 3450 - Cell & Molecular Biology or BIOL 3600 - Evolution 3 BIOL 3450 - Cell & Molecular Biology or BIOL 3600 - Evolution 3
Quantitative Biology Requirement or Free Elective [G] 3 BIOL 2345 - Genetics Lab or BIOL 2336 - Ecology Lab or BIOL 2338 - Cell & Molecular Biology Lab [D] 1
Free Elective 2 Biology Elective [G] 6
PHYS 2211 Introductory Physics I 4 PHYS 2212 - Introductory Physics II 4
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective 3 Wellness 2
Total 16 Total 16
4th Year Fall Hours 4th Year Spring  
BIOL 4690/4910 Independent Research or Senior Research Experience [F] 3 Graduate Biology Elective (BIOL 6000 or higher) 3
BIOL 4460 Communicating Biological Research [H] 1 Free Electives 6
Biology Elective 3 Humanities or Social Sciences Electives 6
Graduate Biology Elective (BIOL 6000 or higher) [G] 3    
Free Elective 3    
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective 3    
Total 16 Total 15

[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.

 

5th Year Fall Hours 5th Year Spring Hours
Masters Research 8 Masters Research 8
Graduate Electives 6 Graduate Electives 6
Biology Seminar 1 Biology Seminar 1
Total 15   15

TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS INCLUDING DOUBLE-COUNTED CREDITS (6 HOURS) = 37

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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