Requirements 5-year BS/MS program (BSBIO/MSBINF)

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Complete before applying to BS/MS Bioinformatics

# REQUIREMENT DETAILS TYPICAL TIMELINE
1 Computing CS 1301 or CS 1371 (CS1315 not allowed) 2nd year - Fall
2 Multivariable Calculus

MATH 2550, 2551, 2561, or 2605
(must be completed or in progress at time of application)

3rd year - Fall
3 GPA > 3.3 Minimum GPA for Application Apply after completion
of 30 credit hours but before
completion of 90 credit hours

Complete before finishing BS Biology

# REQUIREMENT DETAILS TYPICAL TIMELINE
1 Intro CS for Bioinformatics CS 4710 4th year - Fall
2 Genomics and Applied Bioinformatics BIOL 6150 4th year - Fall
3 Bioinformatics Statistics Requirement BIOL 4401, MATH 3215, ISYE 3770 (or comparable) 4th year - Spring
4 Graduate Biology Course 3 hour graduate-level course (6000 and above)* 4th year - Spring
5 GPA . 3.0 Minimum GPA for graduation with BSBIO to continue into MSBINF 4th year - Spring

Complete during MS Bioinformatics

# REQUIREMENTS DETAILS TYPICAL TIMELINE
1 Programming for Bioinformatics BIOL 7200 5th year - Fall
2 Bioinformatics Capstone Course BIOL 8803F or alternate 5th year - Fall
3 Bioinformatics Research or other Graduate Elective BIOL 8901 5th year - Fall
4 Approved Electives 13 hours - No more than 6 hours below 6000-level 5th year - Fall and Spring
5 Computational Genomics BIOL 7210 5th year - Spring
6 Intro Databases CS 4400 5th year - Spring
7 Bioinformatics Research or other Graduate Elective BIOL 8902 5th year - Spring
8 GPA . 2.70 Minimum GPA for graduation with MSBINF 5th year - Spring
* Requires a level permit from the Registrar's Office.  This will be granted with senior standing or petition to the faculty.
 

Example Schedule of Classes

The full 5 year program of study can be completed as follows:

BS: Total Degree Hours = 122

1st Year Fall Hours 1st Year Spring Hours
ENGL 1101 - English Composition I 3 HIST 2111 or 2112 or POL 1101 or PUBP 3000 or INTA 1200 3
MATH 1551 - Differential Calculus  2 ENGL 1102 - English Composition II 3
BIOL 1510 OR 1511 - Biological Principles 4 MATH 1553 - Linear Algebra 2
CHEM 1211K - Chemical Principles I 4 BIOL 1520 OR 1521 - Introduction to Organismal Biology [B] 4
GT 1000 - Freshman Seminar [A] 1 CHEM 1212K - Chemical Principles II 4
TOTAL 14 TOTAL 16
2nd Year Fall Hours 2nd Year Spring Hours
BIOL 2335 - Ecology or BIOL 2344 - Genetics [C] 3 BIOL 2335 - Ecology or BIOL 2344 - Genetics [C] 3
BIOL 2336 - Ecology Lab or BIOL 2345 - Genetics Lab 1 BIOL 2336 - Ecology Lab or BIOL 2345 - Genetics Lab 1
CHEM 2311 - Organic Chemistry I 3 CHEM 2312 - Organic Chemistry II or CHEM 2313 Bioorganic Chemistry 3
Free Elective 3 CHEM 2380 - Synthesis Lab 2
Global Perspective (Either Humanities or Social Science elective) 3 MATH 1555 (OR MATH 1552) - Integral Calculus 4
CS 1301 or CS 1371 (CS 1315 not allowed for Bioinformatics) 3 Humanities or Social Sciences Elective 3
TOTAL 15 or 16 TOTAL 15 or 16
3rd Year Fall Hours 3rd Year Spring Hours
BIOL 3450 - Cell & Molecular Biology or BIOL 3600 - Evolution 3 BIOL 3450 - Cell & Molecular Biology or BIOL 3600 - Evolution 3
Biology Elective [D] 3 BIOL 2345 - Genetics Lab or BIOL 2336 - Ecology Lab or BIOL 2338 - Cell & Molecular Biology Lab [C] 1
Multivariable Calculus (MATH 2550, 2551, 2561, or 2605) 3 Biology Elective [D] 6
PHYS 2211 Introductory Physics I 4 PHYS 2212 - Introductory Physics II 4
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective 3 Wellness 2
Total 16 Total 16
4th Year Fall Hours 4th Year Spring  
CS 4710 Computer Science for Bioinformatics 4 Statistics Requirement: MATH 3215 or ISYE 3770 or BIOL 4401 3
BIOL 6150 Genomics and Applied Bioinformatics 3 Graduate Biology Elective (BIOL 6000 or higher) [E] 3
Biology Elective [D] 3 Biology Elective [D] 3
Free Elective 2 Senior Research (BIOL 4590, 4690, or 4910) [F] 3
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective 3 BIOL 4460 - Communicating Biological Research 1
    Humanities or Social Sciences Elective 3
Total 15 Total 16

[A] Not required for graduation.                             
[B] Students who earned a 5 on the AP Biology Exam may substitute four hours of Biology Elective credit.    
[C] Students must take two of the following three lab courses with the corresponding lecture courses: Ecology, Genetics, Cell & Molecular Biology.
[D] Biology electives include 12 "depth" credit hours of "BIOL" courses (excluding BIOL 4694-4699) and 9 "breadth" credit hours of courses, as described in the Student Handbook.
[E] Two graduate levels classes must be taken as an Undergraduate and will be double counted towards both the BS and MS degrees.
[F] The Senior Research Experience can be met by taking BIOL 4590, 4690, or 4910.

MS BINF Degree Requirements = 37 hours (includes 6 hours double-counted with BS BIOL degree: BIOL 6150 and Graduate Biology Elective)

5th Year Fall Hours 5th Year Spring Hours
BIOL 7200 - Programming for Bioinformatics 3 BIOL 7210 - Computational Genomics 3
BIOL 8803F - Applied Human Computational Genomics 3 Graduate Elective (BIOL 8902 Special Problems or Other Recommended) 6
Graduate Elective (BIOL 8901 Special Problems or Other Recommended) 3 CS 4400 Intro Databases 3
Elective (MS BINF Recommended Electives) 6 Elective (MS BINF Recommended Electives) 4
Total 15   16

TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS INCLUDING DOUBLE-COUNTED CREDITS (6 HOURS) = 37

Questions?
  • For questions on undergraduate courses, please contact your academic advisor
  • For questions on graduate courses, please contact Lisa Redding (lisa.redding@biosci.gatech.edu)
  • All other questions can be sent to BSMS@biosci.gatech.edu

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