Georgia Tech Biology provides students with multiple and varied opportunities for experiential learning, or learning through doing. In some cases, these experiences can count toward Biology breadth electives, with up to 6 credit hours from each of the following experiences contributing toward breadth electives. There are also multiple other opportunities to get involved, volunteer, and be recognized:
- Undergraduate research: Georgia Tech has one of the biggest research enterprises in the country and provides exceptional research opportunities to Biology majors. You'll have the opportunity to join a lab team led by a faculty mentor who will guide you in cutting-edge biological research. Up to six credits of research for credit (BIOS 4699) can count toward Biology Breadth electives, and any additional credits can count toward free electives.
- Biology internships: Through partnerships with local government, academia, and industry groups, you'll gain direct, hands-on experience using your Biology degree in ways that can lead to employment directly after graduation. Up to six credits of Biology Internship for credit (BIOS 4695) can count toward Biology Breadth electives, and any additional credits can count toward free electives.
- Biology Teaching Assistant opportunities: Teaching content is the best way to internalize it. As an Undergraduate TA, you'll work closely with Biology faculty to deliver content in Introductory Biology labs, lecture, and Biology core courses while taking a TA Training course. Up to six credits of Biology TA experience for credit can count toward Biology Breadth electives, and any additional credits can count toward free electives.
- Vertically Integrated Program (VIP) courses: Vertically integrated projects are team-based, multidisciplinary research experiences for students and faculty. With multi-semester research projects, VIP courses offer opportunities for developing and practicing new skills, mentoring new team members, and contributing to a long-term research goal. Up to six credits of 3000 or 4000-level VIP coursework led by at least one faculty member from the School of Biological Sciences can count toward Biology Breadth electives, and any additional credits can count toward free electives.
- Study Abroad and International Plan: Study Abroad and the International plan provide a broader international perspective while making progress toward your degree requirements.
- Minors of interest to Biology majors: minors provide an opportunity to expand the breadth of your Biology degree by adding an additional area of focus
- Student Organizations: Actively participating in a student organization provides important opportunities for service, outreach, professional development, and personal fulfillment. There are many student organizations that are particularly relevant for Biology majors, and many many others across campus.
- Undergraduate Awards: The School of Biological Sciences recognizes undergraduate students with several awards each Spring. Awards are presented to students demonstrating excellent academic achievement, initiative, research contributions and/or service to the School.