Why study biology at Georgia Tech?
Solving complex problems
Many problems facing humanity are biological and complex. These include secure food production, waste assimilation and water purification, renewable fuels and sustainable energy, improving human health and devising healthy lifestyles, and using genomics to develop personalized medicine. All are complex problems requiring complex scientific solutions. Georgia Tech graduates in Biology are well prepared to assume leadership positions in the search for these solutions.
Modern science is a team sport
The only way to solve complex problems is with interdisciplinary teams of cross-trained investigators. The groups most likely to succeed in solving these problems are teams of biologists, chemists, mathematicians, computer scientists, and engineers who can communicate and work together in state of the art labs with advanced analytical and computational resources. Your education in Biology at Georgia Tech facilitates the development of these skills and prepares you to become a key team member.
Become a Fast Track Scholar
The Biology Fast-Track to Research Scholarships are awarded to entering first year Biology majors with a strong interest in research. Fast-Track Scholars receive a $1500 stipend to conduct research for 10 hours/week in the research lab of a Biology faculty member in the spring or summer semester of the first year at Georgia Tech. Early exposure to undergraduate research builds professional and interpersonal skills, establishes a relationship with faculty, and complements coursework.
All incoming biology majors are considered for Fast-Track Scholarships. If you wish to augment the information from the Common Application, please complete the Online Intent Form to provide additional support for your research interests.
Questions about the Fast-Track Scholars program should be directed to Dr. Shana Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Biology Curriculum, Classes, and Degree Options
The Biology curriculum is specifically designed to prepare professionals to become leaders in science, medicine, and biotechnology. Our belief is that students learn science best by doing science. From the freshman year, students begin learning quantitative analysis with state of the art scientific instruments. Students simultaneously learn experimental design, statistical analysis, simulation, and data visualization with advanced computational programs. This learning experience is imbedded in an environment emphasizing scientific teamwork and interdisciplinary communication guided by faculty mentors.
Several Biology courses use a problem-based approach to learning, including introductory biology, honors ecology, research project lab, and undergraduate research. Several courses also are interdisciplinary, including bio-inspired design, bioethics, biochemistry, biophysics, mathematical models in biology, genomics and applied bioinformatics, signaling molecules, macromolecular modeling, aquatic chemical ecology, and experimental design and statistics. As a Biology graduate of Georgia Tech, you will be an expert, quantitative problem solver.
Undergraduate research as a capstone experience
Georgia Tech has one of the biggest research enterprises in the country and consequently is able to provide exceptional research opportunities to Biology majors. The majority of biology undergraduates join a lab team lead by a faculty mentor who guides them in a research project. Research projects focus on a variety of subject areas including cell communication, systems biology of cancer, cell signaling, pathogenesis, ecological interactions, metabolomics, genetic control, chemical ecology, drug discovery, microbial diversity, evolution, development, genome stability, bioremediation, climate change, social biology, genomics, and others. See faculty for more details.
Finding a fulfilling career
Completing the Biology curriculum equips students with critical thinking skills, lab skills, quantitative analysis ability, and interdisciplinary communication skills to compete at the highest level for positions in the best graduate, medical and professional schools, and for attractive positions in bio-related industries. Mentoring by Georgia Tech Biology alumni through the Mentor Jackets program helps students find their path and to effectively launch their careers. As a graduate of Georgia Tech, you will join the alumni of one of the most admired and respected universities in the country.
How to Apply
Applying to the School of Biological Sciences at Georgia Tech is done through Undergraduate Admissions. You can apply online at http://www.admission.gatech.edu/apply. If you are transferring, please check the Undergraduate Admissions Website for information and forms.
Changing Your Major to Biology
If you are a current Georgia Tech student and would like to switch your major to Biology, download the change of major form from the Registrar's website and acquire the appropriate signatures, for detailed information on switching your major to Biology, please click here.