Bachelor of Science in Biology - General

The undergraduate curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Biology degree is designed to prepare students for employment in academia, government, or industry; for graduate studies in the biological sciences or science teaching; or for admission to medical, dental, or veterinary schools. The theme of the curriculum is systems biology, employing a systems approach in solving biological problems. All students participate in research through undergraduate research courses. The School also offers the International Plan, Business Option, a minor in biology, and several certificates.

Biology Undergraduate Programs

APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1552Integral Calculus4
Core B - Institutional Options
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computing
Introduction to Media Computation
Computing for Engineers
Core C - Humanities
Any HUM6
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
PHYS 2211Introductory Physics I4
PHYS 2212Introductory Physics II4
MATH 1551Differential Calculus2
MATH 1553Introduction to Linear Algebra2
Core E - Social Sciences
Select one of the following:3
The United States to 1877
The United States since 1877
American Government in Comparative Perspective
Government of the United States
American Constitutional Issues
Any SS9
Core F - Courses Related to Major
BIOL 1510Biological Principles4
CHEM 1211KChemical Principles I4
CHEM 1212KChemical Principles II4
CHEM 2311Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2312Organic Chemistry II3
or CHEM 2313 Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry
Major Requirements
BIOL 1520Introduction to Organismal Biology4
or BIOL 1521 Honors Introduction to Organismal Biology
BIOL 2335General Ecology3
or BIOL 2337 Honors Ecology
BIOL 3450Cell and Molecular Biology3
BIOL 2344Genetics3
or BIOL 2354 Honors Genetics
Biology Lab 12
BIOL 3600Introduction to Evolutionary Biology3
BIOL 4460Communicating Biological Research1
Select one of the following:3
Research Project Lab
Independent Research Project
Honors Undergraduate Research Thesis
Non-Biology Courses
CHEM 2380Synthesis Laboratory I2
Select one of the following:3
Mathematical Models in Biology
Genomics and Applied Bioinformatics
Experimental Design and Statistical Methods in Biology
Biology Electives
Biology Electives 3000-level or higher 221
Free Electives
Free Electives11
Total Credit Hours122

Students must complete two of following three lab options: BIOL 2336 or BIOL 2338, BIOL 2345 or BIOL 2355, BIOL 3451.


Students are required to complete 21 credit hours of Biology electives defined as follows:


Minimum grade of C required.


International Plan

Georgia Tech’s International Plan, through the Office of International Education (, involves two study abroad experiences and coursework in global studies. The plan offers a challenging and coherent academic program for students to develop global competence within the context of a Biology degree. The requirements include: language proficiency equivalent to two years of college coursework (twelve hrs), one course in international relations (three hrs), global economy (three hrs), focused study of a region (three hrs), an integrative course synthesizing the international experience (three hrs), and two semesters (minimum of 26 weeks) in residence abroad. Georgia Tech biology courses are taught in Australia/New Zealand ( and Spain ( as part of the Study Abroad program. In addition, many biology courses are available through Georgia Tech partner universities abroad ( Some of these universities teach biology courses in English, such as Hong Kong University, Tokyo Technological University, University of Victoria (New Zealand), National University of Singapore, University of Strathclyde (Scotland), and Bilkent University (Turkey). Successful completion of this plan earns students an international designation on their Georgia Tech degree.

Research Option

This Research Option enables students to complete nine credit hours of supervised research with a Biology faculty member over multiple semesters. With faculty guidance, students write a brief proposal, perform independent, original research, and write a thesis about their work. The thesis is evaluated by two Biology Faculty members. The first six credit hours of the research option are taken as BIOL 2699/BIOL 4699 (research for credit) or BIOL 2698/BIOL 4698 (research for pay). Students then take either BIOL 4690 orBIOL 4910 in their final semester and two, one credit-hour writing courses, LMC 4701 and LMC 4702. These writing courses can be counted as Biology electives for Research Option students. Note that LMC 4701 should be taken in the semester prior to enrolling in BIOL 4910/BIOL 4690. The student's research is presented in BIOL 4460.

Select one of the following research options:6
Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research Assistantship
In the final semester of study, select the following courses:
BIOL 4690Independent Research Project3
or BIOL 4910 Honors Undergraduate Research Thesis
LMC 4701
LMC 4702
Undergraduate Research Proposal Writing
and Undergraduate Research Thesis Writing 1
Total Credit Hours11

These writing courses can be counted as Biology electives for Research Option students. Note that LMC 4701 should be taken in the semester prior to enrolling in BIOL 4910/BIOL 4690.

Successful completion of this option earns students a "Research Option in Biology" designation on their Georgia Tech transcripts.