Biological Sciences Certificates

Certificate programs in Biology and Physiology are available to students from any major. For Biology majors, the Certificate program is a way of customizing your Biology Electives to focus on a particular concentration in biology. For other majors, a Biology or Physiology certificate is a way of enhancing your degree to include an emphasis in biological concepts. Each certificate requires 12 credit hours of approved courses from that certificate’s list, at least 9 of which must be at the 3000 level or higher. All courses counting toward the certificate must be taken on a letter-grade basis. Major electives can be counted toward certificates, but courses required by name and number in a student’s major program of study will not be counted toward certificates. While students may complete more than one certificate, they may not double-count courses towards more than one certificate or minor. Non-Biology majors are required to include at least 9 credits of BIOL coursework for their certificate, except in the case of the Physiology certificate. Further information is available from School of Biological Sciences advisors.

To declare a certificate in Biology, select 12 credits that correspond to the desired certificate. Approved courses are listed below by certificate title. Students must also complete and submit a certificate application two weeks prior to the end of their last term.

For non-Biology majors:
Additional courses that can count towards any Biological Sciences certificate (with the exception of the Physiology certificate): BIOL 1510/1511, BIOL 1520/1521, BIOL 2335/2337, BIOL 2344/2345, BIOL 3450 (as long as these courses are not required for the major program of study, and only up to 3 credits of courses at the 1xxx-2xxx level can count). At least 9 credits of BIOL coursework are required for each certificate.

New special topics courses may be added to relevant biology certificates with approval from the School of Biological Sciences. Contact a Biology advisor to request approval.

Certificates are available in the following areas of concentration:

 

 

Check the Georgia Tech course catalog to confirm credit hours and pre-requisites.

1) Biomedical Science 
  • APPH/BIOL 3751 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • APPH/BIOL 3753 Anatomy
  • APPH/BIOL 3754 Anatomy Lab
  • APPH/BIOL 3755 Human Physiology
  • APPH/BIOL 3756 Physiology Lab
  • BIOL 4015 Cancer Bio/Tech
  • BIOL 4105 Macromolecular Modeling
  • BIOL 4150 Genomics
  • BIOL 4340 Medical Microbiology
  • BIOL 4401 Experimental Design and Statistical Methods
  • BIOL 4464 Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 4480 Evolutionary Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 4545 Human Genetics
  • BIOL 4570 Immunology and Immunochemistry
  • BIOL 4607 Molecular Biology of Microbes: Disease, Nature, and Biotechnology
  • BIOL 4608 Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics
  • BIOL 4650 Bioethics
  • BIOL 4668 Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics
  • BIOL 4752 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • BIOL 4801 Special Topics: Bioethics Advanced Reading Course
  • BIOL 4802 Special Topics: Current Trends in Biomedical Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences
  • BIOL 4802 Special Topics: Drug Discovery
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Virology
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Endocrinology
  • BIOL 4803 (and 4801) Special Topics: Epigenetics
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Health, Genes, & Society
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Biological Basis of Public Health
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Molecular Basis of Neurodegeneration
  • BMED 3100 Systems Physiology
  • BMED 3110 Quant Engr Physio Lab I
  • BMED 4400 Neuroengineering
  • BMED 4500 Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab
  • BMED 4750 Diagnostic Imaging Physics
  • BMED/CHEM/CHBE 4765 Drug design, development and delivery
  • LCC 2300 Intro Biomedicine &Culture
  • LCC 3318 Biomedicine & Culture
  • PSYC 3020 Biopsychology

 

Check the Georgia Tech course catalog to confirm credit hours and pre-requisites.

2) Biomolecular Technology
  • BIOL 3380 Microbiology
  • BIOL 3381 Microbiology Lab
  • BIOL 4012 Protein Biology
  • BIOL 4105 Macromolecular Modeling
  • BIOL 4150 Genomics
  • BIOL 4225 Molecular Evolution
  • BIOL 4440 Plant Physiology
  • BIOL 4746 Signaling Molecules
  • BIOL 4478 Biophysics
  • BIOL 4607 Molecular Biology of Microbes: Disease, Nature, and Biotechnology
  • BIOL 4608 Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics
  • BIOL 4668 Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics
  • BIOL 4802 Special Topics: Drug Discovery
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Regulatory RNAs
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Environmental Microbial Genomics
  • BIOL 4803 (and 4801) Special Topics: Epigenetics
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Molecular Basis of Neurodegeneration
  • BMED/CHEM/CHBE 4765 Drug design, development and delivery
  • CHEM 3511 Survey of Biochemistry
  • CHEM 4511 Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 4512 Biochemistry II
  • CHEM 4521 Biophysical Chemistry
  • CHEM 4803 Special Topics: Macromolecular Structure
  • CHBE 4760 Biocatalysis

 

Check the Georgia Tech course catalog to confirm credit hours and pre-requisites.

3) Bio-Inspired Design (Students must take BIOL/ISyE/MSE/ME 4740-Bio-Inspired Design in addition to 9hrs from the list below)
  • APPH/BIOL 3753 Anatomy
  • APPH/BIOL 3755 Human Physiology
  • BIOL 4440 Plant Physiology
  • BIOL 4464 Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 4478 Biophysics
  • BIOL 4101 Sensory Ecology
  • BIOL 4446 Animal Physiology
  • BIOL 4471 Behavior Biology
  • BIOL 4752 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Urban Ecology
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Vertebrate Biology
  • BIO/MSE 4802 Special Topics: Bioinspired materials design
  • ARCH 4411 Introduction to visual arts: Drawing on nature
  • BMED 3100 Systems Physiology
  • BMED 3110 Quant Engr Physio Lab
  • BMED 4400 Neuroengineering Fund
  • BMED 4500 Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab
  •  BMED 4752 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • AE/CHE/ME/BMED 4757 Biofluid Mechanics
  • AE/CHE/ME/BMED 4758 Biosolid Mechanics
  • CEE 3040 Fluid Mechanics
  • ME/MSE 4790 Materials Selection and Design

 

Check the Georgia Tech course catalog to confirm credit hours and pre-requisites.

4) Computational & Quantitative Biology 
  • BIOL 2400 Mathematical Models in Biology
  • BIOL 4105 Macromolecular Modeling
  • BIOL 4150 Genomics
  • BIOL 4225 Molecular Evolution
  • BIOL 4401 Experimental Design and Statistical Methods
  • BIOL 4422 Theoretical Ecology
  • BIOL/MATH 4755 Mathematical Biology
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Computational Systems Biology
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Programming in Biological and Health Sciences
  • BMED 4477 Bio Networks & Genomics
  • CS 4400 Introduction to Database Systems
  • CS 4710 Intro to Computing Concepts in Bioinformatics
  • MATH 3012 Applied Combinatorics
  • MATH 3215 Probability & Statistics
  • MATH 4022 Introduction to Graph Theory
  • CEE/ISYE/MATH 3770 Statistics & Applications

 

Check the Georgia Tech course catalog to confirm credit hours and pre-requisites.

5) Environmental Science 
  • BIOL 2100 Biogeography of New Zealand
  • BIOL 3100 Ecology and Evolution of Australia
  • BIOL 3300 Tropical Ecology
  • BIOL 3380 Introductory Microbiology
  • BIOL 3381 Introductory Microbiology Lab
  • BIOL 4101 Sensory Ecology
  • BIOL 4221 Biological Oceanography
  • BIOL 4410 Microbial Ecology
  • BIOL 4417 Marine Ecology
  • BIOL 4418 Microbial Physiology
  • BIOL 4422 Theoretical Ecology
  • BIOL 4440 Plant Physiology
  • BIOL 4446 Animal Physiology
  • BIOL 4471 Behavior Biology
  • BIOL 4620 Aquatic Chemical Ecology
  • BIOL 4802 Special Topics: Community Ecology
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Population Biology
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Environmental Microbial Genomics
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Urban Ecology
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Microbial Symbiosis
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Biology of Terrestrial Vertebrates
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Mediterranean Ecology
  • BIOL 4803 Special Topics: Biology in a Changing Environment
  • CEE 2300 Environmental Engineering Principles
  • CEE 3340 Environmental Engineering Laboratory
  • CEE 4300 Environmental Engineering Systems
  • CEE 4620 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • CHEM/EAS 4740 Atmospheric Chemistry
  • EAS 1600 Intro Environmental Science
  • EAS 1601 Habitable Planet
  • EAS 2420 Environmental Measures
  • EAS 2600 Earth Processes
  • EAS 2602 Earth Through Time
  • EAS 4110 Resources, Energy & the Environment
  • EAS 4300 Oceanography
  • EAS 4350 Paleoclimate & Paleoceanography
  • EAS 4410 Climate & Global Change
  • EAS 4602 Biogeochemical Cycles

 

Check the Georgia Tech course catalog to confirm credit hours and pre-requisites.

6) Marine Science 
  • BIOL 4221 Biological Oceanography
  • BIOL 4410 Microbial Ecology
  • BIOL 4417 Marine Ecology
  • BIOL 4446 Animal Physiology
  • BIOL 4620 Aquatic Chemical Ecology
  • CEE 3040 Fluid Mechanics
  • CEE 4225 Coastal Engineering
  • EAS 3620 Geochemistry
  • EAS 4300 Oceanography
  • EAS 4350 Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography
  • EAS 4602 Biogeochemical cycles
  • NS 2323 Navigation

 

Check the Georgia Tech course catalog to confirm credit hours and pre-requisites.

7) Integrative Biology 
  • 12 credits chosen from courses represented in four of the other certificates above, excluding Physiology (e.g., 3 credits from each of 4 other certificates = 12 credits total).

 

Check the Georgia Tech course catalog to confirm credit hours and pre-requisites. Contact Dr. Mindy Millard-Stafford, (404) 894-6274, for further information and questions related to the Physiology certificate.

8) Applied Physiology
  • Required APPH Courses (6 credit hours)
    • APPH/BIOL 3753 - Fundamentals of Anatomy
    • APPH/BIOL 3755 – Human Physiology
  • Other APPH Courses (minimum 3 credit hours)
    • APPH 2500 – Introduction to Sport Science
    • APPH 3000 – Survey of Medicine
    • APPH 3500 - Nutrition and Health
    • APPH 3754 – Laboratory in Human Anatomy
    • APPH 3756 – Laboratory in Human Physiology
    • APPH 4100 - Exercise Physiology
    • APPH 4200 - Kinesiology
    • APPH 4400 – Human Neuroanatomy
    • APPH 4600 - Muscle Structure & Plasticity
    • APPH 3801-2-3 – Special Topics
    • APPH 3901-2-3 – Special Problem
    • APPH 2698-4699 Undergraduate Research
  • Optional Elective Courses outside APPH (maximum 3 credit hours)
    • BIOL 3450 – Cell Molecular Biology (Note Biology majors cannot count BIOL 3450 toward the Physiology certificate)
    • BIOL 3451 – Cell Molecular Biology Lab (Note Biology majors cannot coutn BIOL 3451 toward the Physiology certificate if it is being used to fulfill the Biology core lab requirement)
    • BIOL 4446 – Animal Physiology
    • BIOL 4464 – Developmental Biology
    • BMED 3100 – Systems Physiology
    • ECE 4781 - Biomedical Instrumentation
    • LMC 3318 – Biomedicine and Culture
    • ME 4757 - Biofluid Mechanic
    • ME 4758 - Biosolid Mechanics
    • PSYC 2230 - Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYC 3020 - Biopsychology
    • PSYC 4100 - Behavioral Pharmacology

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