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 in consultation with the Georgia Tech Pre-Health Advising office. The minor is also ideal for students interested in health-related research, industry,or the science underlying human function.

To be added to the minor advising listserv, 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 add minor form signed. The next group advising sessions will be held in early Oct on a Tuesday or Thursday at 11 am, and on a Monday or Wednesday at 1:20 pm.  Details will be announced via the listserv.  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. Note that non-CoS courses (eg, BMED courses) cannot be counted toward the HMED 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. Note that non-CoS courses (eg, BMED courses) cannot count toward the HMED minor.
  • A minimum of 9 credits must be from at least two schools outside of your major (home unit)
    • Note that courses which are cross-listed under two schools count as BOTH schools; eg, APPH/BIOL courses count as both APPH and BIOL
  • A maximum of 6 credits can be from your major (home unit); this rule applies to Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology majors
  • 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.

What courses should I take to complete the HMED minor?

  • To maximize your competitiveness for future jobs, professional school, or graduate school, your minor program of study should be designed around a cohesive set of courses that advances your knowledge and expertise toward your areas of interest
  • If you are pre-health, please consult with GT's Pre-Health Advising office to ensure that you are taking necessary and appropriate coursework to fulfill pre-requisite coursework required for your individual professional school plans

 

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




Subject and Course Name Credits
     
APPH 2500  Intro to Sport Science 3
APPH 2699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3
APPH 3000  Survey of Medicine 3
APPH 3500  Nutrition and Health 2
APPH 3753 (crosslisted with BIOL 3753) Anatomy 3
APPH 3754 (crosslisted with BIOL 3754) Anatomy Lab 1
APPH 3755 (crosslisted with BIOL 3755) Human Physiology 3
APPH 3756 (crosslisted with BIOL 3756) Physiology Lab 1
APPH 4100  Exercise Physiology 3
APPH 4200  Kinesiology 3
APPH 4400  Human Neuroanatomy 3
APPH 4600  Muscle Struct&Plasticity 3
APPH 4699 (approval required)  Undergraduate Research 1-3
     
BIOL 1510  Biological Principles 4
BIOL 1511  Honors Biological Prin 4
BIOL 1520  Intro to Organismal Biol 4
BIOL 1521  Honors Organismal Biol 4
BIOL 2344  Genetics 3
BIOL 2345  Genetics Laboratory 1
BIOL 2354  Honors Genetics 3
BIOL 2355  Honors Genetics Lab 1
BIOL 2699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3
BIOL 3380  Intro Microbiology 3
BIOL 3381  Intro Microbiology Lab 1
BIOL 3450  Cell Molecular Biol 3
BIOL 3451  Cell Molecular Biol Lab 1
BIOL 3753 (crosslisted with APPH 3753) Anatomy 3
BIOL 3754 (crosslisted with APPH 3754) Anatomy Lab 1
BIOL 3755 (crosslisted with APPH 3755) Human Physiology 3
BIOL 3756 (crosslisted with APPH 3756) Physiology Lab 1
BIOL 4012  Protein Biology 3
BIOL 4015  Cancer Bio/Tech 3
BIOL 4340  Medical Microbiology 3
BIOL 4446  Animal Physiology 3
BIOL 4464  Developmental Biology 3
BIOL 4471  Behavior Biology 3
BIOL 4480  Evolutionary Develop Biol 2
BIOL 4545  Human Genetics 3
BIOL 4570  Immunology & Immunochem 3
BIOL 4607  Molecular Biology of Microbes 3
BIOL 4651  Foundations of Bioethics 3
BIOL 4668  Eukaryotic Mol Genetics 3
BIOL 4752  Intro Neuroscience 3
BIOL 4699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3
     
CHEM 1211K Chemical Principles I 4
CHEM 1212K Chemical Principles II 4
CHEM 1310 General Chemistry 4
CHEM 1315 Survey of Organic Chem 3
CHEM 2311  Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 2312  Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 2313 Bioorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 2380 Synthesis Lab I 2
CHEM 2699 (approval required)  Undergraduate Research 1-3
CHEM 3511  Survey of Biochemistry 3
CHEM 4511  Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 4512  Biochemistry II 3
CHEM 4521  Biophysical Chemistry 3
CHEM 4581  Biochemistry Lab I 3
CHEM 4582  Biochemistry Lab II 3
CHEM 4760  Biocatalysis 3
CHEM 4765  Drug Design, Devl & Delivery 3
CHEM 4699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3
     
PHYS 2211  Intro Physics I 4
PHYS 2212  Intro Physics II 4
PHYS 2213  Intro to Modern Physics 3
PHYS 2231  Honors Physics I 5
PHYS 2232  Honors Physics II 5
PHYS 2699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3
PHYS 4251  Biophysics 3
PHYS 4699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3
     
PSYC 1101  General Psychology 3
PSYC 2103  Human Development 3
PSYC 2210  Social Psychology 3
PSYC 2230  Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 2699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3
PSYC 2760  Human Language Process 3
PSYC 3011  Cognitive Psychology 4
PSYC 3012  Intro Cognitive Psyc 3
PSYC 3020  Biopsychology 3
PSYC 3040  Sensation & Perception 3
PSYC 3790  Intro-Cognitive Science 3
PSYC 4010  Human Abilities 3
PSYC 4090  Cognitive Neuroscience 3
PSYC 4100  Behavioral Pharmacology 3
PSYC 4260  Psychology of Aging 3
PSYC 4699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3

 

 

Special topics courses

The following special topics courses have been previously approved to count toward the HMED minor. Even if the course has been previously approved, you must still complete the special topics petition form in order for the course to apply to your HMED minor.




Subject and Course Name Credits
APPH 4803 Human Motor Control 3
APPH 4803 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
BIOL 4803 Drug Discovery 3
BIOL 4803 Biological Basis of Public Health 3
BIOL 4803 Health Genes and Society 3
PSYC 4803 Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience Methods 3

 

 

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