Biology PreHealth

The Biology degree program fits the pre-med MCAT requirements perfectly without adding additional hours to your degree requirements: there is no pre-health track needed! You can further enhance the pre-health focus of your Biology degree with the Biomedical Science Certificate.

We also strongly encourage you to work with the Georgia Tech Pre-Health advising office, join the Pre-Health list serve and T-square sites, and join the Georgia Tech chapter of the American Medical Students Association.

 

The required medical school courses are also required for the Biology degree:

Course Number
Course Name
Med School Pre-req
BIOL 1511 & 1521
Biological Principles & Introductory Organismal Biology
8 hours of Introductory Biology with Lab
CHEM 1211K  & 1212K
Chemical Principles I & II
8 hours of General Chemistry with Lab
CHEM 2311, 2312, & 2380
Organic Chemistry I & II; Synthesis Lab
8 hours of Organic Chemistry with Lab
PHYS 2211 & 2212
Introductory Physics I & II
8 hours of Physics with Lab
MATH 1551, 1553, 1552/1555
Differential Calculus, Introduction to Linear Algebra, Integral Calculus
8 hours of Calculus
ENGL 1101 & 1102
English Composition I & II
6 hours of English

 

The recommended MCAT and medical school courses also fit perfectly within the Biology degree requirements without adding any extra credit hours:

Course Number

Course Name

Degree Requirements

BIOL 2344 & 2345 or 2354 & 2355
Genetics & Genetics Lab or Honors Genetics & Honors Genetics Lab
3 hours of Core Biology (required) and 1 hour of Core Biology Lab
BIOL 3450 & 3451
Cell and Molecular Biology/Cell and Molecular Biology Lab

3 hours of Core Biology (required) and 1 hour of Core Biology Lab

BIOL/APPH 3753 & 3754

Human Anatomy & Anatomy Lab

4 hours of Biology Depth Electives

BIOL/APPH 3755 & 3756
Human Physiology and Physiology Lab
4 hours of Biology Depth Electives
BIOL 4401
Experimental Design and Statistical Methods

3 hours of Biology Quantitative Requirement or Biology Depth Electives

CHEM 3511 or 4511

Survey of Biochemistry or Biochemistry I

3 hours of Biology Breadth Electives

PSYC 1101

Introduction to Psychology

3 hours of Social Sciences

SOC 1101

Introduction to Sociology

3 hours of Social Sciences

 

Suggested pre-health courses which can count toward Biology Electives*:

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

Courses in bold are included in the Biomedical Science Certificate.

  • APPH 3000 Survey of Medicine (3 credits) – Pre-reqs: (BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511) and CHEM 2311
  • APPH 3300 Health Promotion (3 credits) – Pre-reqs: APPH 1040
  • APPH 3500 Nutrition and Health (2 credits) – Pre-req: APPH 1040
  • APPH/BIOL 3753 Anatomy (3 credits) – Pre-reqs: (BIOL 1520 or BIOL 1521) and CHEM 1211K
  • APPH 3754 Anatomy Lab (1 credit) – Pre-req with concurrency: APPH 3753
  • APPH/BIOL 3755 Human Physiology (3 credits) – Pre-req: APPH 3753
  • APPH 3756 Human Physiology Lab (1 credit) – Pre-req: APPH 3753 and with concurrency APPH 3755
  • APPH 4100 Exercise Physiology (3 credits) – Pre-req: APPH 3751
  • APPH 4200 Kinesiology (3 credits) – Pre-reqs: (BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511) and MATH 1552
  • APPH 4400 Human Neuroanatomy (3 credits) – Pre-req: None
  • APPH 4600 Muscle Structure and Plasticity (3 credits) – Pre-req: BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511
  • BIOL 3380 Intro Microbiology (3 credits) – Pre-req: (BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511) and CHEM 1212K
  • BIOL 3381 Intro Microbiology Lab (1 credit) – Pre-req: (BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511) and CHEM 1212K
  • BIOL 4015 Cancer Biology and Technology (3 credits) – Pre-req: (BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511) or CHEM 1212K
  • BIOL 4150 Genomics and Applied Bioinformatics (3 credits) – Pre-req: (BIOL 2344 or BIOL 2354) and (CS 1321 or CS 1371 or CS 1301 or CS 1315)
  • BIOL 4340 Medical Microbiology (3 credits) – Pre-req: BIOL 3380
  • BIOL 4464 Developmental Biology (3 credits) – Pre-reqs: (BIOL 2344 or BIOL 2354) and BIOL 3450
  • BIOL 4471 Behavior Biology (3 credits) – Pre-req: BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511or BIOL 1520 or BIOL 1521
  • BIOL 4480 Evolutionary Developmental Biology (3 credits) – Pre-req: BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511
  • BIOL 4545 Human Genetics (3 credits) – Pre-req: BIOL 2344 or BIOL 2354
  • BIOL 4570 Immunology & Immunochemistry (3 credits) - Pre-reqs: (BIOL 2344 or BIOL 2354) and BIOL 3450
  • BIOL 4607 Molecular Biology of Microbes (3 credits) – Pre-req: BIOL1510 or BIOL 1511
  • BIOL 4650 Bioethics (2 credits) – Pre-req: BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511
  • BIOL 4668 Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics (3 credits) – Pre-req: BIOL 2344 or 2354
  • BIOL 4752 Intro Neuroscience (3 credits) – Pre-req: BIOL 3450 or BMED 3160
  • BIOL 480X Special Topics (The following Special Topics courses are taught regularly and may be converted to permanent course numbers in the future)
  • BIOL 4803 Biological Basis for Public Health (3 credits)
  • BIOL 4802 Drug Discovery (2 credits)
  • BIOL 4803 or 4801 Epigenetics (3 credits or 1 credit)
  • BIOL 4803 Health, Genes, and Society (3 credits)
  • Biol 4803 Molecular Basis of Neurodegeneration (3 credits)
  • BIOL 4803 Virology (3 credits)
  • BMED 3100 Systems Physiology (3 credits) - Pre-req: CHEM 1315 or CHEM 2311
  • BMED 3110 Quant Engr Physio Lab I (2 credits) - Pre-req: BMED 3100 and BMED 3400
  • BMED 4400 Neuroengineering (4 credits) - Pre-req: BIOL 4752 or BMED 4752
  • BMED 4500 Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab (3 credits) - Pre-req: BMED 3610
  • BMED 4750 Diagnostic Imaging Physics (3 credits) - Pre-req: BMED 3110
  • BMED/CHEM/CHBE 4765 Drug design, development and delivery (3 credits) - Pre-req: CHEM 3511 or CHEM 4511
  • CHEM 3511 Survey of Biochemistry (3 credits) – Pre-req: CHEM 1315 or CHEM 2312
  • CHEM 4511 Biochemistry I (3 credits) – Pre-req: CHEM 2312
  • CHEM 4512 Biochemistry II (3 credits) – Pre-req: CHEM 4511
  • CHEM 4521 Biophysical Chemistry (3 credits) – Pre-reqs: CHEM 3411 and CHEM 4511
  • CHEM 4581 Biochemistry Lab I (3 credits) – Pre-reqs: CHEM 4511 and (CHEM 3371 or CHEM 3381)
  • CHEM 4582 Biochemistry Lab II (3 credits) – Pre-reqs: CHEM 4512 and CHEM 4581
  • CHEM 4760 Biocatalysis (3 credits) – Pre-reqs: CHEM 3411 and (CHEM 3511 or CHEM 4511)
  • CHEM 4765 Drug Design, Dev, Delivery (3 credits) – Pre-req: CHEM 4511
  • PHYS 4251 Biophysics (3 credits) – Pre-req: (BIOL 1510 or BIOL 1511) and (PHYS 2212 or PHYS 2232)
  • PSYC 3011 Cognitive Psychology (3 credits) – Pre-req: PSYC 2020
  • PSYC 3012 Intro Cognitive Psych ( 3 credits) – Pre-req: PSYC 1101
  • PSYC 3020 Biopsychology (3 credits) – Pre-reqs: PSYC 1101 and (BIOL 1520 or BIOL 1521)
  • PSYC 4090 Cognitive Neuroscience (3 credits) – Pre-reqs: PSYC 3011
  • PSYC 4100 Behavioral Pharmacology (3 credits) – Pre-reqs PSYC 1101, (BIOL 1520 or BIOL 1521) & CHEM 1212K

*up to nine hours of Biology breadth electives may be outside of biology as specified in the Biology Degree Requirements. Please check the Undergraduate Handbook for more details.

 

Suggested pre-health courses which can count toward Social Sciences:

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

  • HTS 2080 Intro Hist Disease and Med – Pre-req: None
  • HTS 3070 Culture and Society – Pre-req: None
  • HTS 3086 Sociology of Health and Medicine – Pre-req: None
  • HTS 3087 History of Medicine – Pre-req: None
  • PSYC 2103 Human Development (3 credits) – Pre-req: PSYC 1101
  • PSYC 2210 Social Psychology (3 credits) – Pre-req: PSYC 1101
  • PSYC 2230 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits) – Pre-req: PSYC 1101
  • PSYC 2760 Human Language Process (3 credits) – Pre-req: None

 

Suggested pre-health courses which can count toward Humanities:

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

  • LMC 2300 Intro Biomedicine and Culture (3 credits) – pre-req: ENGL 1102
  • LMC 3219 Literature and Medicine (3 credits) – Pre-req: ENGL 1102
  • LMC 3318 Biomedicine and Culture (3 credits) – Pre-req: ENGL 1102

 

Suggested pre-health courses which can count toward Free Electives:

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

  • APPH 2500 Intro to Sport Science (3 credits) – Pre-req: None
  • HTS 3088 Race Medicine and Science – Pre-req: None
  • LMC 3403 Tech Communications – Pre-req: ENGL 1102
  • MGT 3662 Management in Healthcare Sector – Pre-req: ENGL 1102

 

Pre-heath Advising

Georgia Tech Pre-Health Advising Office
Bill Moore Student Success Center
1st Floor, Center for Career Discovery and Development 
Schedule an appointment through GradesFirst
Direct questions to prehealthasst@mail.gatech.edu
Be sure to join the pre-health listserv!

 

American Medical Students Association Advisor: 
Mirjana Brockett, Ph.D.
mirjana.brockett@biology.gatech.edu
Phone: 404-385-6885
Fax: 404-894-0519
Office: A114 Cherry Emerson
Website:  www.gtamsa.org

See what recent Biology pre-health alumni are doing now!

Additional resources on admission to medical school as a Biology major can be found here.

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