Minor in Health and Medical Sciences

The Minor in Health & Medical Sciences is available to all Georgia Tech undergraduate students, and is the ideal minor for all students interested in the scientific questions underlying human health and medicine, as well as those interested in all health-related careers. As a multidisciplinary minor, the Health & Medical Sciences Minor offers the flexibility to customize your coursework toward your intended field of study, including medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, physician assistant, or public health professional schools. The minor is also ideal for students interested in health-related research, industry,or the science underlying human function.

To apply for the Health & Medical Sciences Minor, first fill out the Health & Medical Sciences Minor Application form. You may then attend the group advising session for more information, Q&A, and to have your minor form signed. The next group advising session will be announced via the listserv soon.  Bring a copy of the add minor form to the meeting to declare the minor.

The Health & Medical Sciences Minor consists of 15 credits of health-related courses in the College of Sciences.  Classes are selected from a list of approved health-related courses from several Schools including APPH, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, and PSYC. At least 9 credits must be taken from at least two Schools outside of the student's home unit, and a maximum of 6 credits may be taken from the home unit. A minimum of 9 credits must be at the 3000 level or higher, up to 6 credits can be approved Special Topics courses, or up to 3 credits can be approved Special Topics and 3 credits can be approved Special Problems or Undergraduate Research.  A maximum of 3 credits can be transfer coursework. All courses applied toward the minor must be taken on a letter-grade basis and completed with a grade of C (2.00) or better. Students may not double-count courses towards more than one certificate or minor.

Some Health & Medical Sciences Minor credits may also be counted towards the major.  A course may count towards the student’s major and minor if the course is not fulfilling Core Areas A-E and is part of a designated block of courses outside the student's major field of study, as determined by the Major advisor.  These courses will typically fall in the student’s breadth/technical/broadening electives.  Students are encouraged to discuss questions related to double counting courses with their major advisers.  In addition, all free electives can be double counted into the major program and Health & Medical Sciences Minor.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I earn the Health & Medical Sciences minor?

  • The minor requires 15 credits in approved College of Science courses, listed in the table below.
  • A minimum of 9 credits must be from at least two schools outside of your major (home unit)
  • A maximum of 6 credits can be from your major (home unit)
  • A minimum of 9 credits must be at the 3000 level or higher
  • A maximum of 6 credits can be Special Topics courses, or 3 credits of Research and 3 credits of Special Topics
    • Special Topics and Research must be pre-approved by the Health & Medical Sciences committee to count toward the minor
  • A maximum of 3 credits of Transfer coursework
  • All courses must be taken on a letter-grade basis with a final grade of C or higher

Can I double count specific courses?

  • Courses cannot be counted toward more than one minor or certificate
  • All free electives can be counted toward the major program and the Health & Medical Sciences minor
  • A course may be allowed to double count toward the major and the minor if it meets all three of the following criteria:
    • The course is on the list of approved Health & Medical Sciences courses or has been pre-approved by petition to the Health & Medical Sciences minor committee
    • The course is NOT fulfilling a Core A-E degree requirements, as listed in your DegreeWorks
    • The course IS in the designated block of courses outside of your major field of study, as determined by your major advisor (such courses will typically fall in the student’s breadth/technical/broadening electives.)

Students are encouraged to discuss questions related to double counting courses with their major advisers.

How do I petition for research or a Special Topics course to count toward the Health & Medical Sciences minor?

My minor courses are not appearing in the right place in my Degreeworks; how do I fix this?

  • Be aware that the minor courses may not display correctly, depending on your major and how minor courses are expected to count in the major. In most cases, these display issues cannot be fixed until your graduating semester.
  • Once you have reached your penultimate semester, email a completed copy of the Minor Course Plan to the Health and Medical Sciences advisor using this link. Specify in the email that your Degreeworks is not properly displaying your minor courses. A note will be added to the bottom of your Degreeworks specifying which courses will be used to fulfill the minor, pending approval of any double-counting by your major advisor.

 

Courses which may be used to fulfill the Health & Medical Sciences Minor

School
Course
Name
Credits
Prerequisites/Corequisite
 
 
 
 
 
Applied Physiology
APPH 2500
Intro to Sport Science
3
None
 
APPH 2699
Undergraduate Research
1-3
None
 
APPH 3000
Survey of Medicine
3
BIOL 1510 and (CHEM 1310 or CHEM 1211K or CHEM 1212K
or CHEM 1311) and CHEM 2311
 
APPH 3500
Nutrition and Health
2
HPS 1040 or HPS 1062 or HPS 1063 or HPS 1064
 
APPH 3753
Anatomy
3
BIOL 1520 or BIOL 1521 or CHEM 1211K or CHEM 1310
 
APPH 3754
Anatomy Lab
1
APPH 3753 or BIOL 3753
 
APPH 3755
Human Physiology
3
APPH 3753 or BIOL 3753
 
APPH 3756
Physiology Lab
1
APPH 3753 or BIOL 3753 or APPH 3755 or BIOL 3755
 
APPH 4100
Exercise Physiology
3
APPH 3751 or BIOL 3751
 
APPH 4200
Kinesiology
3
(BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511 or BIOL 1520 or BIOL 3751 or
BIOL 3753 or APPH 3751 or APPH 3753 )and (MATH 1113 or
MATH 1501 or MATH 1511 or MATH 1502 or MATH 15X2 or
MATH 1512 or MATH 1504 or MATH 1555 or MATH 1552 )
 
APPH 4400
Human Neuroanatomy
3
None
 
APPH 4600
Muscle Struct&Plasticity
3
BIOL 1510
 
APPH 4699
Undergraduate Research
1-3
None
 
 
 
 
 
Biology
BIOL 1510
Biological Principles
4
None
 
BIOL 1511
Honors Biological Prin
4
None
 
BIOL 1520
Intro to Organismal Biol
4
None
 
BIOL 1521
Honors Organismal Biol
4
None
 
BIOL 2344
Genetics
3
BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511
 
BIOL 2345
Genetics Laboratory
1
BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511
 
BIOL 2354
Honors Genetics
3
BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511
 
BIOL 2355
Honors Genetics Lab
1
BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511
 
BIOL 2699
Undergraduate Research
1-3
None
 
BIOL 3380
Intro Microbiology
3
(BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511) and CHEM 1212K
 
BIOL 3381
Intro Microbiology Lab
1
(BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511) and CHEM 1212K
 
BIOL 3450
Cell Molecular Biol
3
(BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511) and (CHEM 2311 or CHEM 1315)
 
BIOL 3451
Cell Molecular Biol Lab
1
(BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511) and (CHEM 2311 or CHEM 1315)
 
BIOL 3753
Anatomy
3
BIOL 1520 or BIOL 1521 or CHEM 1211K or CHEM 1310
 
BIOL 3754
Anatomy Lab
1
APPH 3753 or BIOL 3753
 
BIOL 3755
Human Physiology
3
APPH 3753 or BIOL 3753
 
BIOL 3756
Physiology Lab
1
APPH 3753 or BIOL 3753 or APPH 3755 or BIOL 3755
 
BIOL 4012
Protein Biology
3
BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511
 
BIOL 4015
Cancer Bio/Tech
3
BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511 or BIOL 1520 or BIOL 1521 or
CHEM 1310or CHEM 1211K or CHEM 1212K or PHYS 2211
or PHYS 2212 or EAS 1600 or EAS 1601 or EAS 2600
 
BIOL 4340
Medical Microbiology
3
BIOL 3380
 
BIOL 4446
Animal Physiology
3
BIOL 3450
 
BIOL 4464
Developmental Biology
3
(BIOL 2344 or BIOL 2354) and BIOL 3450
 
BIOL 4471
Behavior Biology
3
BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511 or BIOL 1520 or BIOL 1521
 
BIOL 4480
Evolutionary Develop Biol
2
BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511
 
BIOL 4545
Human Genetics
3
BIOL 2344 or BIOL 2345
 
BIOL 4570
Immunology & Immunochem
3
BIOL 3450 and (BIOL 2344 or BIOL 2354)
 
BIOL 4607
Mol Biology of Microbes
3
BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511
 
BIOL 4650
Bioethics
2
BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511
 
BIOL 4668
Eukaryotic Mol Genetics
3
BIOL 2344 or BIOL 2354
 
BIOL 4752
Intro Neuroscience
3
BIOL 3450 or BMED 3160
 
BIOL 4699
Undergraduate Research
1-3
None
 
 
 
 
 
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CHEM 1211K
Chemical Principles I
4
None
 
CHEM 1212K
Chemical Principles II
4
CHEM 1211K or CHEM 1310
 
CHEM 1310
General Chemistry
4
None
 
CHEM 1315
Survey of Organic Chem
3
CHEM 1211K or CHEM 1310
 
CHEM 2311
Organic Chemistry I
3
CHEM 1212K or CHEM 1311
 
CHEM 2312
Organic Chemistry II
3
CHEM 2311
 
CHEM 2699
Undergraduate Research
1-3
None
 
CHEM 3511
Survey of Biochemistry
3
CHEM 1315 or CHEM 2312
 
CHEM 4511
Biochemistry I
3
CHEM 2312
 
CHEM 4512
Biochemistry II
3
CHEM 4511
 
CHEM 4521
Biophysical Chemistry
3
CHEM 3411 and CHEM 4511
 
CHEM 4581
Biochemistry Lab I
3
CHEM 4511 and (CHEM 3371 or CHEM 3380)
 
CHEM 4582
Biochemistry Lab II
3
CHEM 4512 and CHEM 4581
 
CHEM 4760
Biocatalysis
3
(CHEM 3511 or CHEM 4511) and (CHEM 3411 or CHEM 4300)
 
CHEM 4765
Drug Design, Devl & Delivery
3
CHEM 3511 or CHEM 4511
 
CHEM 4699
Undergraduate Research
1-3
None
 
 
 
 
 
Physics
PHYS 2211
Intro Physics I
4
MATH 1501 or MATH 1511 or MATH 1552
 
PHYS 2212
Intro Physics II
4
PHYS 2211 or PHYS 2231
 
PHYS 2213
Intro to Modern Physics
3
PHYS 2212 or PHYS 2232
 
PHYS 2231
Honors Physics I
5
MATH 1502 or MATH 1512 or MATH 1552
 
PHYS 2232
Honors Physics II
5
PHYS 2211 or PHYS 2231
 
PHYS 2699
Undergraduate Research
1-3
None
 
PHYS 4251
Biophysics
3
(PHYS 2212 or PHYS 2232) and BIOL 1510
 
PHYS 4699
Undergraduate Research
1-3
None
 
 
 
 
 
Psychology
PSYC 1101
General Psychology
3
None
 
PSYC 2103
Human Development
3
PSYC 1101
 
PSYC 2210
Social Psychology
3
PSYC 1101
 
PSYC 2230
Abnormal Psychology
3
PSYC 1101
 
PSYC 2699
Undergraduate Research
1-3
None
 
PSYC 2760
Human Language Process
3
None
 
PSYC 3012
Intro Cognitive Psyc
3
PSYC 1101
 
PSYC 3020
Biopsychology
3
PSYC 1101 and BIOL 1520
 
PSYC 3040
Sensation & Perception
3
PSYC 1101
 
PSYC 3790
Intro-Cognitive Science
3
PSYC 1101
 
PSYC 4010
Human Abilities
3
PSYC 2020
 
PSYC 4090
Cognitive Neuroscience
3
PSYC 3011
 
PSYC 4100
Behavioral Pharmacology
3
PSYC 1101 and BIOL 1520 and (CHEM 1310 or CHEM 1211K)
 
PSYC 4260
Psychology of Aging
3
PSYC 1101
 
PSYC 4699
Undergraduate Research
1-3
None