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

Many BIOL and APPH classes were converted to the new BIOS subject code. A conversion table for students that have taken classes prior to the conversion can be found here.

# REQUIREMENT DETAILS TYPICAL TIMELINE
1 Graduate Biology Course 3 hour graduate-level course (6000 and above - double counted towards both BS and MS degrees)#,* 4th year - Fall
2 Graduate Biology Course 3 hour graduate-level course (6000 and above - double counted towards both BS and MS degrees)#,* 4th year - Spring
3 Capstone research BIOS 4690 4th year - Spring
4 Thesis committee Identify and contact faculty to serve on your thesis committee for your MS degree 4th year - Spring
5 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 Committee meeting Discuss plans for MS research 5th year – Fall (beginning of semester)
2 Masters Research 8 hours (BIOL 8901 + BIOL 7000) 5th year - Fall
3 Graduate Biology Courses BIOL 6000 and above (6 hours) 5th year - Fall
4 Biology Seminar BIOL 8002 (1 hour) 5th year - Fall
5 Committee meeting Update committee on research progress and expected results 5th year – Spring (beginning of semester)
6 Masters Research 8 hours (BIOL 8901 + BIOL 7000) 5th year - Spring
7 Graduate Biology Courses BIOL 6000 and above (6 hours) 5th year - Spring
8 Biology Seminar BIOL 8003 (1 hour) 5th year - Spring
9 Thesis defense Defend MS thesis 5th year – Spring (end of semester)
10 GPA  >2.70 Minimum GPA for graduation with MSBIO End of Masters

# Note that classes cannot be triple counted towards a major, minor, and masters degree.

* Requires a level permit from the Registrar’s Office.  This will be granted with senior standing or a petition to the faculty.

Example Schedule of Classes

Many BIOL and APPH classes were converted to the new BIOS subject code. A conversion table for students that have taken classes prior to the conversion can be found here.

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
BIOS 1207 AND 1207L - Biological Principles 4 MATH 1553 - Linear Algebra 2
CHEM 1211K - Chemical Principles I 4 BIOS 1208 AND 1208L - 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
BIOS 2300 - Ecology or BIOS 2600 - Genetics 3 BIOS 2300 - Ecology or BIOS 2600 - Genetics 3
BIOS 2301 - Ecology Lab or BIOS 2601 - Genetics Lab [D] 1 BIOS 2301 - Ecology Lab or BIOS 2601 - 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
BIOS 3450 - Cell & Molecular Biology or BIOS 3600 - Evolution 3 BIOS 3450 - Cell & Molecular Biology or BIOS 3600 - Evolution 3
Quantitative Biology Requirement or Free Elective [G] 3 BIOS 2301 - Ecology Lab or BIOS 2601 - Genetics Lab or BIOS 3451 - 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  
BIOS 4690 Independent Research  [F] 3 Graduate Biology Elective (BIOL 6000 or higher) 3
BIOS 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 BIOS 2400, 4150, or 4401.

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

[G] Biology electives include 12 "depth" credit hours of "BIOS" courses (excluding BIOS 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) = 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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