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The Minor in Health & Medical Sciences is available to all Georgia Tech undergraduate students, and is ideal for students interested in the scientific questions underlying human health and medicine and students interested in all health-related careers. 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. The minor is also ideal for students interested in health-related research, industry, or the science underlying human function.

  • 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, it is extremely important that you consult with the Georgia Tech 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. Please note that completing the HMED minor will not, in and of itself, fulfill all pre-medical or other pre-health requirements.

 

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HMED minor details

  • The HMED minor is available to all undergraduate students at Georgia Tech.
  • The minor requires 15 credits in approved College of Science courses, listed in the table below. Note that non-CoS courses (eg, BMED courses) cannot count toward the HMED minor.
  • A minimum of 9 credits must be from at least two Schools outside of your major (home unit). School designations are based on subject code; subject codes included in the HMED minor are BIOS (formerly BIOL and APPH), CHEM, NEUR, PHYS, and PSYC
    • 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)
  • 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 or VIP and 3 credits of Special Topics
    • Research, VIP, and Special Topics credits must be within the College of Sciences and must be pre-approved as health-related and science-focused by the Health & Medical Sciences committee to count toward the minor
  • A maximum of 3 credits can be Transfer coursework
  • All courses must be taken on a letter-grade basis with a final grade of C or higher

 

 

Declare the HMED minor

To follow best public health practices, all HMED advising will be electronic for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Please follow these steps below to declare the HMED minor:

  1. Enroll in the HMED Minor Advising Canvas page (you can choose to unenroll if you decide not to declare the minor)
  2. Once you enroll in this Canvas page, you will complete a series of 4 Modules to Declare the HMED Minor:
    1. Introduction to the Minor (Review the HMED Presentation Slides)
    2. Complete a Minor Application Form
    3. Review FAQs and Answers
    4. Complete the Add Minor Form using DocuSign. Note: the Canvas Module will provide specific instructions on how to fill out the Add Minor Form using DocuSign.*

*Please also note that Add Minor Forms will not be signed by an HMED Advisor until you have enrolled in the HMED Minor Advising Canvas page and completed the 4 Modules.

*Most of your questions can be answered on this website and in the HMED Minor Advising Canvas page. Please check this website and the Canvas page first before contacting the HMED Minor Advisors via email (hmed-advisor@lists.gatech.edu).

 

 

 

Double counting courses toward your major and the HMED minor

  • Courses cannot be counted toward more than one minor or certificate
  • Free electives can be counted toward the major program and the HMED 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 HMED courses or has been pre-approved by petition to the HMED 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 (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 advisor.

 

 

Petitioning for new courses/research to be included in your HMED minor

  • To submit a petition for research/new courses, you must be enrolled in the HMED Minor Advising Canvas page.
  • Once enrolled in the Canvas page, you can fill out the Research Petition Form to petition for up to 3 credits of research or VIP to count toward your HMED minor. Research and VIP credits must be within the College of Sciences.
    • For Research: only BIOS (formerly BIOL and APPH), CHEM, NEUR, PHYS, and PSYC research can count toward the HMED minor
    • For VIP: at least one faculty member associated with the project must be affiliated with the College of Sciences
  • Filll out the Special Topics/New Course Inclusion Petition Form to petition for a Special Topics or other new course to be considered for the HMED minor. Only BIOS (formerly BIOL and APPH), CHEM, NEUR, PHYS, and PSYC courses can be applied to the HMED minor.

 

 

Degreeworks errors with the HMED minor

AKA: Does my list of classes fulfill the HMED minor?

  • 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 many cases, these display issues cannot be fixed until your graduating semester.
  • Once you have determined the list of classes that you plan to take toward the HMED minor, complete the HMED Course Completion Plan Form. To submit the HMED Course Completion Plan Form, you must be enrolled in the HMED Minor Advising Canvas page.
  • If your classes are completed or in-progress, then 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. If you have not yet taken all the classes on your list, then you will be notified via email whether your planned list of classes can fulfill the HMED minor.

 

 

BIOS, BIOL, and APPH course combinations

Beginning Spring 2020, the School of Biological Sciences will offer courses under a new subject code, BIOS (Biological Sciences). This subject code will replace the APPH and BIOL subject codes for all undergraduate courses except APPH 1040 and APPH 1050. Because the BIOS subject code unifies APPH and BIOL into a single School, this new BIOS subject code will affect how course are counted toward the HMED minor. 

Previously, courses crosslisted as APPH/BIOL counted as both Schools, while non-crosslisted courses counted as a single school. Courses with the BIOS subject code will also be treated as courses that are crosslisted between APPH and BIOL, where BIOS = APPH/BIOL.  The table below provides examples of how BIOS classes might count towards the number of Schools represented in the HMED Minor:

Example Course Combination Number of Schools Represented
APPH/BIOL 3753 (cross-listed); 
BIOL 4012 (not cross-listed); 
BIOS 4545
1 (APPH/BIOL = BIOS; BIOS includes BIOL)
APPH/BIOL 3753 (cross-listed); 
APPH 4238 (not cross-listed); 
BIOS 4545
1 (APPH/BIOL = BIOS; BIOS includes APPH)
APPH 4238 (not cross-listed); 
BIOS 4545
1 (BIOS includes APPH)
BIOL 4012 (not cross-listed); 
BIOS 4545
1 (BIOS includes BIOL)
APPH 4238 (not cross-listed); 
BIOL 4012 (not cross-listed); 
BIOS 4545
2 (because a non-crosslisted course is included from both APPH and BIOL, BIOS will be treated as either APPH or BIOL)
APPH/BIOL 3753 (cross-listed); 
APPH 4238 (not cross-listed); 
BIOL 4012 (not cross-listed); 
BIOS 4545
2 (because a non-crosslisted course is included from both APPH and BIOL, BIOS will be treated as either APPH or BIOL)

 

 

Courses which may be used to fulfill the HMED minor

Beginning Spring 2020, the School of Biological Sciences will offer courses under a new subject code, BIOS (Biological Sciences). This subject code will replace APPH and BIOL for all undergraduate courses except APPH 1040 and APPH 1050.  Please refer to the conversion table for equivalency between APPH, BIOL, and BIOS courses. See above for an explanation of how combinations of BIOS, BIOL, and APPH coursework will be counted toward the HMED minor.

School/Subject and Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
Applied Physiology courses Name Credits
no longer offered after Fall 2019    
APPH 2500  Intro to Sport Science 3
APPH 2699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3
APPH 3000  Survey of Medicine 3
APPH 3500  Nutrition and Health 2
APPH 3753 (crosslisted with BIOL 3753) Anatomy 3
APPH 3754 (crosslisted with BIOL 3754) Anatomy Lab 1
APPH 3755 (crosslisted with BIOL 3755) Human Physiology 3
APPH 3756 (crosslisted with BIOL 3756) Physiology Lab 1
APPH 4100  Exercise Physiology 3
APPH 4200 (crosslisted with BIOL 4803 Kinesiology) Kinesiology 3
APPH 4400  Human Neuroanatomy 3
APPH 4600  Muscle Struct&Plasticity 3
APPH 4699 (approval required)  Undergraduate Research 1-3
     
Biology courses Name Credits
no longer offered after Fall 2019    
BIOL 1510  Biological Principles 4
BIOL 1511  Honors Biological Prin 4
BIOL 1520  Intro to Organismal Biol 4
BIOL 1521  Honors Organismal Biol 4
BIOL 2344  Genetics 3
BIOL 2345  Genetics Laboratory 1
BIOL 2354  Honors Genetics 3
BIOL 2355  Honors Genetics Lab 1
BIOL 2699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3
BIOL 3380  Intro Microbiology 3
BIOL 3381  Intro Microbiology Lab 1
BIOL 3450  Cell Molecular Biol 3
BIOL 3451  Cell Molecular Biol Lab 1
BIOL 3753 (crosslisted with APPH 3753) Anatomy 3
BIOL 3754 (crosslisted with APPH 3754) Anatomy Lab 1
BIOL 3755 (crosslisted with APPH 3755) Human Physiology 3
BIOL 3756 (crosslisted with APPH 3756) Physiology Lab 1
BIOL 4012  Protein Biology 3
BIOL 4015  Cancer Bio/Tech 3
BIOL 4340  Medical Microbiology 3
BIOL 4446  Animal Physiology 3
BIOL 4464  Developmental Biology 3
BIOL 4471  Behavior Biology 3
BIOL 4480  Evolutionary Develop Biol 2
BIOL 4545  Human Genetics 3
BIOL 4570  Immunology & Immunochem 3
BIOL 4607  Molecular Biology of Microbes 3
BIOL 4651  Foundations of Bioethics 3
BIOL 4668  Eukaryotic Mol Genetics 3
BIOL 4752  Intro Neuroscience 3
BIOL 4699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3
BIOS 4803 (not offered after Fall 2021; new course BIOS 4440) Human Pathology 3
     
Biological Sciences courses Name Credits
offered beginning Spring 2020; replaces APPH and BIOL subject codes    
BIOS 1107 Biological Principles 3
BIOS 1107L Biological Principles Lab 1
BIOS 1108 Organismal Biology 3
BIOS 1108L Organismal Biology Lab 1
BIOS 1207L Biological Principles Project Lab 1
BIOS 1208L Organismal Biology Project Lab 1
BIOS 2500 Intro to Sport Science 3
BIOS 2600 Genetics 3
BIOS 2601 Genetics Lab 1
BIOS 2610 Integrative Genetics 3
BIOS 2611 Integrative Genetics Lab 1
BIOS 2699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3
BIOS 3000 Survey of Medicine 3
BIOS 3380 Microbiology 3
BIOS 3381 Microbiology Lab 1
BIOS 3450 Cell Molecular Biol 3
BIOS 3451 Cell Molecular Biol Lab 1
BIOS 3753 Human Anatomy 3
BIOS 3754 Anatomy Lab 1
BIOS 3755 Human Physiology 3
BIOS 3756 Physiology Lab 1
BIOS 4012 Protein Biology 3
BIOS 4015 Cancer Bio/Tech 3
BIOS 4100 Exercise Physiology 3
BIOS 4200 Kinesiology 3
BIOS 4340 Medical Microbiology 3
BIOS 4400 Human Neuroanatomy 3
BIOS 4440 Human Pathology 3
BIOS 4464 Developmental Biology 3
BIOS 4471 Behavioral Biology 3
BIOS 4480 Evolutionary-Develop Biol 2
BIOS 4500 Drug Discovery 3
BIOS 4520 Health Genes and Society 3
BIOS 4540  Human Motor Control 3
BIOS 4545 Human Genetics 3
BIOS 4560 RNA Biology and Biotechnology 3
BIOS 4570 Immunology 3
BIOS 4607 Molecular Microbiology 3
BIOS 4651 Bioethics 3
BIOS 4668 Eukaryotic Mol Genetics 3
BIOS 4699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3
     
Chemistry and Biochemistry courses Name Credits
CHEM 1211K* Chemical Principles I 4
CHEM 1212K* Chemical Principles II 4
CHEM 1310* General Chemistry 4
CHEM 1315 Survey of Organic Chem 3
CHEM 2311  Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 2312  Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 2313 Bioorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 2380 Synthesis Lab I 2
CHEM 2699 (approval required)  Undergraduate Research 1-3
CHEM 3511^  Survey of Biochemistry 3
CHEM 4511^ Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 4512^ Biochemistry II 3
CHEM 4521  Biophysical Chemistry 3
CHEM 4581  Biochemistry Lab I 3
CHEM 4582  Biochemistry Lab II 3
CHEM 4760  Biocatalysis 3
CHEM 4765  Drug Design, Devl & Delivery 3
CHEM 4699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3

*Credit not awarded for both CHEM 1310 and 1211K towards HMED Minor. 

*Credit not awarded for both CHEM 1310 and 1212K towards HMED Minor.

^Credit not awarded for both CHEM 3511 and 4511 towards HMED Minor.

^Credit not awarded for both CHEM 3511 and 4512 towards HMED Minor.

   
Neuroscience courses Name Credits
NEUR 2001  Neuro-Principles 4
NEUR 2699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3
NEUR 3001 Neuro-Cell & Molecular 3
NEUR 3010 Methods in Neuroscience 3
NEUR 4699 (approval required Undergraduate Research 1-3
     
Physics courses Name Credits
PHYS 2211  Intro Physics I 4
PHYS 2212  Intro Physics II 4
PHYS 2213  Intro to Modern Physics 3
PHYS 2231  Honors Physics I 5
PHYS 2232  Honors Physics II 5
PHYS 2699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3
PHYS 4251  Biophysics 3
PHYS 4699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3
     
Psychology courses Name Credits
PSYC 1101  General Psychology 3
PSYC 2103  Human Development 3
PSYC 2210  Social Psychology 3
PSYC 2230  Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 2699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3
PSYC 2760  Human Language Process 3
PSYC 3012  Intro Cognitive Psyc 3
PSYC 3040  Sensation & Perception 3
PSYC 3790  Intro-Cognitive Science 3
PSYC 4010  Human Abilities 3
PSYC 4020 Biopsychology 3
PSYC 4090  Cognitive Neuroscience 3
PSYC 4100  Behavioral Pharmacology 3
PSYC 4260  Psychology of Aging 3
PSYC 4699 (approval required) Undergraduate Research 1-3

 

 

Special Topics Courses

The following special topics courses have been previously approved to count toward the HMED minor. If the course has been previously approved, then you do NOT need to complete the special topics petition form, but you DO need to complete the the HMED Course Completion Plan form in order for the course to apply to your HMED minor. If the course you are interested in has NOT been previously approved, then you should complete the HMED Special Topics Petition form so that it can be considered.

Subject and Course Name Credits
APPH/BIOL 4803 Human Motor Control 3
APPH/BIOL/BIOS 4803 Human Pathology (not offered after Fall 2021; new course BIOS 4440) 3
APPH/BIOL/BIOS 4803 Nutrition 3
APPH 4803 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
BIOL 4803 Drug Discovery 3
BIOL 4803 Biological Basis of Public Health 3
BIOL 4803 Health Genes and Society 3
BIOS 4803 Neuromotor Physiology 3
BIOS 4803 Programming in Biological and Health Sciences 3
PSYC 4803 Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience Methods 3
PSYC 4803 Mapping Experience and Space in the Mind 3
PSYC 4803 Neuroethics 3
PSYC 4803 Emotions 3
NEUR 4803 Ion Channels 3
NEUR 4803 Neurobiology of Sleep 3
NEUR 4803 Neurodevelopment 3