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 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)
- 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