Graduate Courses in Biological Sciences

The following courses are offered to graduate students at the School of Biological Sciences. Most courses are offered either annually or biannually. See Schedule of Classes for current schedules of classes. For the list below, after the title of the course is the number of class hours per week, the number of lab hours per week, and the number of credit hours earned for the completed course.

APPH 6211: Systems Physiology I, 3-0-3: Cellular Mechanisms of Plasticity. More Information.

APPH 6212: Systems Physiology II, 3-0-3: The course will focus on function and adaptations of skeletal, muscular and neural systems. Interactions among the various systems and their plasticity will be emphasized. More information.

APPH 6213: Systems Physiology III, 3-0-3: The course will focus on integrative mechanism impacting motor system performance. Interactions among the various systems and their plasticity will be emphasized.

APPH 6225: Biostatistics, 3-0-3: Introductory, statistical principles and methods of experimental design, sampling, power estimation, and hypothesis testing using ANOVA and regression.

APPH 6231: Human Motor Control, 3-0-3: The course will examine selected motor control problems that the nervous system faces in the process of managing this mechanical complexity. More information.

APPH 6232: Locomotion Neuromechanics, 3-0-3: This is a course that will introduce topics on the biomechanical and neural aspects of the control of limbed locomotion and movement.

APPH 6233: Aging Movement Control, 3-0-3: The aim of this course is to review research literature dealing with the effects of advances in age on the CNS and motor performance.

APPH 6236: Neuromuscular Physiology, 3-0-3: This course discusses the application of current experimental techniques in human studies in vivo.

APPH 6237: Human Neuroimaging, 3-0-3: The purpose of the course is to introduce various methods of functional neuroimaging in humans.

APPH 6238: Ion Channel Structure, Function and Regulation, 3-0-3: This course will examine the structure, function and regulation of ion channels from both excitable and non-excitable cells.

APPH 6239: Movement Disorders, 3-0-3: This course serves as an introduction to the clinical and research aspects of movement disorders.

APPH 6400: Human Neuroanatomy, 3-0-3: The purpose of this course is to learn the anatomical makeup of the human nervous system. In this course we will closely examine details of central and peripheral neuroanatomy with links to function. As well, comparisons with non-human vertebrate neuroanatomy will be made.

APPH 6600: Skeletal Muscle Structure and Function, 3-0-3: To Provide an in-depth understanding of the biological processes underlying skeletal muscle structure and function. More information.
Prerequisites BIOL 1510

APPH 6746: Rehabilitation Engineering, 3-0-3: Students will participate in rehabilitation engineering as practiced in the assistive technology industry.

APPH 8000: Seminar, 3-0-3: The purpose of this course is for students to learn the research process from the early stage of identifying a question through publication of the work.

BIOL 6221: Biological Oceanography, 3-0-3: An introduction to the major biological processes in the ocean, including primary production, elemental cycling, food webs, and fisheries.

BIOL 6410: Microbial Ecology, 3-0-3: Advanced studies of microbial ecosystems, the specific roles of bacteria in maintaining ecological balance, and the evolution of the ecosystem in response to changing environments.

BIOL 6417: Marine Ecology, 3-0-3: An overview of the ecological and evolutionary patterns, processes, and mechanisms affecting the organization, structure, and function of a broad variety of marine communities.

BIOL 6418: Microbial Physiology, 3-0-3: Study of the physiology of growth and metabolic activities of microorganisms.

BIOL 6422: Theoretical Ecology, 3-0-3: Theoretical foundations of ecology, from the population to the community and ecosystem levels.

BIOL 6570: Immunology, 4-0-4: A survey of modern immunology and its applications, with emphasis on immunological methods used in molecular and cell biological research.

BIOL 6600: Evolution, 3-0-3: An introduction to evolutionary patterns and processes, including the history of life, phylogenetics, population genetics, quantitative genetics, molecular evolution, and other important topics in evolutionary biology.

BIOL 6608: Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics, 3-0-3: Molecular mechanisms of bacterial and plasmid genetic processes. Topics covered include genome organization, DNA replication, transcription, and translation.

BIOL 6611: Advanced Microbial Physiology, 3-0-3: Advanced studies of selected aspects of the physiology of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms.

BIOL 6620: Aquatic Chemical Ecology, 3-0-3: The course focuses on understanding the chemical mechanisms of aquatic signaling and the cascading effects on population regulation, community organization, and ecosystem function.

BIOL 6626: Physiological Ecology, 3-0-3: Study of the basic physiological processes and systems in vertebrates and invertebrates. Comparative study on how these systems are adapted for specific environments and functions.

BIOL 6756: Signaling Molecules, 3-0-3: The diversity of chemical signals between organisms and their structural specificities will be presented along with chemical and biological methods for isolating signaling molecules.

BIOL 6765: Geomicrobiology, 3-0-3: Interactions between microorganisms and the geosphere, microbial energetics and genetics; geochemical controls on microbial diversity and activity.

BIOL 7010: Advanced Cell Biology, 3-0-3: Current topics in eukaryotic cell biology including membrane functions, intracellular sorting and compartmentalization, cell signaling, cell cycle, cytoskeleton, cell adhesion, motility, and current experimental approaches.

BIOL 7015: Cancer Biology & Technology, 3-0-3: This course covers the major concepts of cancer biology as well as to state-of-the-art technologies that are being applied to cancer research, detection and treatment.

BIOL 7023: Bioinformatics, 2-3-3: Introduction to mathematical, statistical, and computer methods of nucleic acid and protein sequence analysis and interpretation. Algorithms for gene finding, protein structure and function prediction, constructing phylogenetic trees.

BIOL 7110: Macromolecular Modeling, 4-0-4: Principles and practices in the use of molecular mechanics methods (minimization: molecular dynamics) to study structure-function relationships in biological macromolecules.

BIOL 7111: Molecular Evolution, 3-0-3: Evolutionary processes at the molecular level, organizations of genomes and genetic systems. Students will read and present up-to-date research articles in various topics in molecular evolution.

BIOl 7668: Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics, 3-0-3: Topics in molecular genetics of eukaryotic organisms, including: gene structure and expression, protein processing and folding, genome stability, and molecular evolution.

BIOL 7923: Advances in Ecology, 2-0-2: Topics of current interest in the general areas of population growth and limitation, and the structure and stability of ecosystems.

BIOL 7963: Advances in Molecular Biology, 2-0-2: Topics of current interest in molecular biology.

BIOL 7964: Advances in Genetics, 2-0-2: Topics of current interest in genetics.

BIOL 8002: Seminar, 1-0-1: Weekly seminars on current research presented by various scientists in the field of biology.

BIOL 8003: Seminar, 1-0-1: Weekly seminars on current research presented by various scientists in the field of biology.

BIOL 8005: Signals in the Sea Seminar, 2-0-2: Students and invited authorities in the field will present seminars and lead discussions focused on currently emerging topics in aquatic chemical ecology and signaling.

BIOL 8106: Tools of Science Seminar, 2-0-2: This course addresses issues important to all successful scientists and engineers such as: research ethics; collaborations between industry, academics, and government; women and minorities in science; balancing research, teaching and service; writing, editing, and reviewing, presentations; job interviews; time management; speaking to the public and media; and scientific and university politics.

CETL 8000: Biology Graduate Teaching Assistantship Preparation, 1-0-1


The following are new courses recently developed by Georgia Tech Biology which are also available for course credit:

BIOL 8802: Special Topics: Evolutionary Development Biology, 2-0-2

BIOL 8802: Special Topics: Programming for Bioinformatics, 2-0-2

BIOL 8802: Special Topics: Quantitative Genetics, 2-0-2

BIOL 8802: Special Topics: Regulatory RNAs, 2-0-2

BIOL 8802: Special Topics: Topics in Community Ecology, 2-0-2

BIOL 8802: Special Topics: Experimental Genomics, 2-0-2

BIOL 8802: Special Topics: Graduate Seminar in Ecology & Evolution, 2-0-2

BIOL 8802: Special Topics: Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences, 2-0-2

BIOL 8803: Special Topics: Mathematical Biology, 3-0-3

BIOL 8803: Special Topics: Introduction to Bioinformatics & Genomics, 3-0-3

BIOL 8803: Special Topics: Computational Genomics, 3-0-3

BIOL 8803: Special Topics: Population Biology, 3-0-3

BIOL 8803: Special Topics: Methods in Molecular Biophysics, 3-0-3

BIOL 8803: Special Topics: Protein Biology, 3-0-3

BIOL 8803: Special Topics: Computational Systems Biology, 3-0-3

BIOL 8803: Special Topics: Membrane Biology, 3-0-3

BIOL 8803: Special Topics: Evolutionary & Synthetic Biology, 3-0-3

BIOL 8803: Special Topics: Drug Discovery, 3-0-3

In addition to the graduate courses above, graduate students may enroll in a limited number of undergraduate courses and courses from other Schools towards their graduate degree (see Graduate Handbook for more information on allowable limits). Please see the Georgia Tech catalog for information on undergraduate courses.