Registration Information

Phase I registration for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters begins March 23rd and goes until Friday, May 15th at 4pm.  Use the MyBME webpage https://bme.gatech.edu/bme/mybme-ug and the Registrar’s Office webpage http://www.registrar.gatech.edu for answers to most of your questions.   Phase II registration for Summer 2020 will be from May 11th to May 15th, and Phase II registration for Fall 2020 is from August 8th to August 21st.

Top things to know for Spring 2020

Due to public health concerns, Georgia Tech is unable to offer in-person advising at this time. We will be using email, phone and Blue Jeans video conferencing to conduct virtual advising sessions with you. Please know that using these technological methods makes ensuring FERPA privacy challenging. Advisors will conduct video and phone advising in a private location, and recommend that students do the same to limit the amount of information which could be overheard by others in the vicinity. Advisors will not be recording any advising sessions. By agreeing to videoconference-advising, students are confirming they understand this situation.

How to Schedule Advising Appointments

To schedule an appointment with your advisor, do so just as you normally would via Grades First. When you schedule your appointment, it is imperative that you mention what type of appointment (i.e. phone or video) you wish to have.

For a phone appointment, please include your phone number when you schedule your appointment. You can expect your advisor to call you at the set time, but know that when we will call, it will more than likely show that a private or blocked number is calling you, but it’s just us!

If you’ve chosen to have a video appointment, your advisor will send you a Blue Jeans link/invitation following confirmation of your appointment. You will use this link to start your appointment with your advisor at the set time.

Know that, as always, we are connected via email and phone – our office calls have been directed to our mobile devices. When emailing us, you must use your GT provided email address in order for us to reply securely. See below for advisor assignments and phone numbers:

Last Names A-L: Kaitlyn Luppino (404)-894-2798

Last Names M-Z: Paul Fincannon (404)-894-9061

1. Overloads, Permits and Forms

We can only give overloads and permits for BME courses, and we don’t know about courses in other departments.

  • Use this chart to find out who to contact in other departments for information, overloads, and permits.
  • Use this Google Doc to find information on Overload/Permit Policies for the different departments.
  • There will be no overloads allowed for BME courses, you will need to get on the waitlist.
  • If you are taking a pre-requisite course at a school other than GT, we cannot grant permits for the subsequent course(s). You will have to wait until Phase II to register.
  • While we are telecommuting, we will not be signing change of major forms, minor forms, or any other forms with the exception of petition to the faculty forms until Monday, April 13th.

2. Advising Appointments

Use GradesFirst to sign up for advising with your academic advisor.

Kaitlyn Luppino, students whose last name begins with A-L.

Paul Fincannon, students whose last name begins with M-Z.

  • Work up your potential schedule before you connect with your advisor.  Use DegreeWorks and the prerequisite chart to make out a long term schedule.  Have an idea on what you want to take, “I have no idea what to take next semester” is not a good answer, do your best to come up with a plan.
  • To help with planning, here is the 4 Year Plan and the 4 Year Pre-Health Plan.  These are just tools to show a possible sequencing of a course schedule.  Your schedule does not need to mirror these plans!
  • You can also use the “Plans” tab on DegreeWorks to work up your schedule, learn how to do that here:  https://registrar.gatech.edu/current-students/degree-works-plans.
  • Note:  Registration is the time to discuss the Summer and Fall semesters ahead.  Advisors do not have time to help you with your four year schedule during registration.

3. Random course information for Summer and Fall 2020

Summer 2020

  • Summer Abroad Students:  There is a group at GT working quickly to determine how many of the courses that were part of cancelled study abroad programs could still be offered this summer, either in Atlanta or in an online format.  The provost has heard the concerns of non-resident students regarding financial hardships associated with paying more in tuition for these courses.   No decisions have been made yet as to which courses may be offered or the tuition that would be charged.  We hope to have some clarity on that within the next couple of weeks.
  • BMED 3110 and 3610 will be permit only for the first couple of weeks of registration.  On April 13th, we will open them up for everyone.
  • Use Oscar to find classes:  To find courses for the May minimester, the full summer term, the early short summer session or the late short summer session, go to Oscar here.  Choose the Summer 2020 semester (or Fall 2020) and you will go to a page with filters.  Choose the departments you want, or all of them, and filter by course number, credit hours, part of term, attribute type (such as humanities or social sciences), and click “class search”.
  • BME courses for Summer 2020:  At present, the following courses are being offered for Summer 2020, 2110, 2310, 3110, 3310, 3410, and 3610.  As mentioned in the first paragraph above, there may be more added, including depth courses, but we don’t know right now.
  • BMED 3410 is Introduction to Biomechanics, it is now a 3 credit course.  It is the same course as BMED 3400, which no longer exists.  Note that all current students who take BMED 3410 will now have one less credit hour in core BME hours, as DegreeWorks will be expecting you to take the four hour BMED 3400. You will need an extra hour of credit to take place of that credit.  The good news is that any credit from any of your fallthrough courses in DegreeWorks will work for this, you do not have to have a BME course to count for this hour.  If you don’t have any fallthrough hours, we suggest taking BMED 4000, The Art of Telling Your Story, a one hour course.  This course can count for depth credit if needed, if you don’t use it for depth, it can be your extra hour.

Fall 2020

  • BMED 4853 A is Systems Physiology, a three credit course, the same course as BMED 3100, which is no longer being offered.  BMED 4853 is the PSS (Problem Solving Studio) version of BMED 3100.  Prerequisites are still CHEM 1315, CHEM 2313 or 2312, or junior standing.  This is not a depth class, this is a PSS section of BMED 3100.  Notice that you will register for the lecture section A, then choose one of the three PSS sections, A01, A02, A03, just like you would register for a Chemistry course that has labs.
  • Capstone Design students can either take BMED 4602, the Interdisciplinary Capstone, BMED 4873 A, or the CREATE-X Capstone, BMED 4883.  To ensure that all graduating students will get into BMED 3610 and the Capstone Design courses, those courses are restricted to graduating seniors until April 13th at 9am.  Students who have applied to graduate will receive permits for BMED 4602 and 3610 before registration.  For those not graduating in Fall 2020, BMED 3610 and BMED 4602 will open up to all students on Monday, April 13th at 9am.  The prerequistes for all Capstone Design courses are still BMED 2310 and BMED 3110.
  • Effective Spring 2020, changes to campus course scheduling will require a change in the way some lower level CS courses are structured and set up in OSCAR. This will also require a change in the way students register for the lecture, lab and recitation (new) sections of these courses. See the updates below and register as appropriate.  CS 1301, 1315, 1331, 1332, 1371, 2050, and 2316- Lecture and recitation. Register for 1 lecture section and 1 of the associated recitation sections (ex. CS 1371 A lecture and 1371 R A01-A05 recitation).  Note that CS 1371 is still a three credit course, the recitation is audit hour not for credit.
  • BME pre-health students should take CHEM 2313 for Organic Chemistry II, not 2312.
  • BMED 3410 is a prerequisite for BMED 3110.   You cannot take them concurrently.
  • You cannot take ECE 3710 and 3741 concurrently, 3710 is a prerequisite for 3741.
  • If you want to minor in CS, you better hurry.  You must have at least four semesters of major BME courses left in order to be approved for this minor, and this is after you take the introductory courses CS 1371 and 1331, in which you must attain a grade of “B” or better.  You must have a minimum of 48 credit hours remaining (not including CS 1331 and required minor coursework) in your major degree requirements, as seat availability in CS courses is limited.
  • If registering research with an ME professor, you must apply for the permit by the end of day Thursday, December 12th.  No permits will be issued if you apply after that time.  Here is the link to register ME research.
  • Here is a list of humanity courses you can take: http://catalog.gatech.edu/academics/undergraduate/core-curriculum/core-area-c/
  • Here is a list of social science courses you can take: http://catalog.gatech.edu/academics/undergraduate/core-curriculum/core-area-e/
  • Here is the list of Minors that you can pursue: http://catalog.gatech.edu/academics/minors/#minorsofferedtext
  • A list of Certificates with departmental links is found on the MyBME website at https://bme.gatech.edu/bme/mybme-ug#quicktabs-current_bme_undergraduate=2
  • ** Helpful hint:  Go to OSCAR’s Class Schedule Search at https://oscar.gatech.edu/pls/bprod/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched to search for classes.  This allows you to search courses in departments, and use filters such as credit hours and attribute type.

4. Waitlist

There will be no overloads allowed for BME courses, you will need to get on the waitlist.

  • For most classes, the waitlist will kick in.  The waitlist will be a first come first serve basis.  Advisors reserve the right to place students anywhere on the waitlist if there are problem situations.
  • Here are the instructions for using the waitlist.
  • To see your spot on the waitlist for a class, use your “Student Detail Schedule” on OSCAR.

5. No more requirement of “C” for individual courses, but remains for certain groups
  • Courses that previously required a grade of “C” no longer require that grade.
  • Note that while the BME department only requires a grade of “D” for CS 1371, you need a grade of “C” if you want to take ECE 2026.
  • You need a “B” or better in CS 1371 and CS 1331 if you are interested in doing the CS Minor.
  • An average grade of “C”, or 2.0 (as computed using most recent grade for repeated courses) is still required for the following sets of MATH courses:  MATH 1551, 1552, 1553, 2551 and 2552 (or older courses 1501/1502/2401/2403).  AP or transfer credit for MATH courses would be considered as a “B” for the purposes of computation of the average grade.
  • An average grade of “C”, or 2.0 (as computed using most recent grade for repeated courses) is still required for all required BMED core courses (1000, 2210/2110, 2250, 2310, 3100, 3110, 3310, 3400/3410, 3520, 3600, 3610, 4602).  Note that core courses with Special Topics numbers, such as BMED 4853 for Systems Physiology, will be included in this computation.
  • An average grade of “C”, or 2.0, is required by Georgia Tech in all courses to graduate.

6. Pass/Fail Courses
  • BME students can take up to nine hours of courses pass/fail by the time they graduate, but only humanity/social science courses or free elective courses.  Not all humanity/social science courses are offered pass/fall, you will need to check the attributes of the class.
  • No BME core, depth elective, or courses you are taking for a minor or certificate or breadth elective credit courses may be taken pass/fail, even if that shows as an option.    
  • You also have the option of changing eligible courses from pass/fail to letter grade and vice versa by the first drop date later in the semester.  You would need to submit a Grade Mode Change.
  • Here is a list of humanity courses you can take: http://catalog.gatech.edu/academics/undergraduate/core-curriculum/core-area-c/
  • Here is a list of social science courses you can take: http://catalog.gatech.edu/academics/undergraduate/core-curriculum/core-area-e/

7. Financial Aid

8. Helpful tools

9. Helpful links

10. New Grade Substitution Policy


Grade Substitution

Undergraduate students may repeat courses for grade substitution according to the following set of criteria. If these conditions are not met, the general policy governing repeated courses applies. The policy does not affect courses taken prior to Summer 2019.

  • Undergraduate students may repeat for grade substitution up to two GT courses with posted letter grades of D or F. These courses will be excluded from calculation of their cumulative grade point average.
  • A course can be taken for grade substitution only once and must be repeated within one calendar year.
  • A course is not eligible for grade substitution if the student was found responsible for any academic misconduct in that course regardless of how many times it is repeated.
  • Grades excluded under previous Institute rules (such as the Grade Substitution policy that was in effect up until 2019) count toward the maximum two courses allowed for substitution.
  • Once a grade substitution is posted, the student cannot remove the exclusion or change it to another course at a later date. A student cannot request a grade substitution after they have graduated.
  • The application for grade substitution must be filed with the Registrar’s Office no later than the deadline for withdrawing from a course during the student’s next term of enrollment after the course is repeated.

The original grade and the repeated grades will all appear on the official transcript. Once a grade substitution is applied to a course, the credit hours attempted and earned on the course will be removed from the calculation of the cumulative grade point. Excluded courses and hours will continue to be counted in calculations of satisfactory progress, for financial aid eligibility, and for tuition.

Students should be aware that many graduate and professional schools recalculate grade point averages in the process of considering an applicant for admission to such programs. This recalculation may include restoring the grades of the repeated classes and their effects on the cumulative grade point average.


11. Take the Happiness Class!

A 3-credit course on happiness is being offered in Fall 2020, taught by Dr. Chris Martin, a postdoc with a background in sociology and psychology.  This course does not count for depth or core credit.

BMED 2803 A, crn# 89965, MWF 11:00 – 11:50

“Happiness” integrates topics from psychology, economics, philosophy, and sociology on happiness and meaning in life. You will learn:

— Learn how to sustainably increase happiness
— Cope with Stress and disappointment
— Make better predictions about future happiness
— How people succeed or fail to find meaning in life
— Work effectively with others
— Appreciate cultural differences in the definition of a good life
— Cope with worry and self-deprecation

Reviews from previous students:
— “Very useful – we learned about different theories and the history of happiness, but more importantly, I took away a lot of practical ways to improve my happiness.”
— “I think I have done a better job of getting closer to the person I would like to be because I had the opportunity to look at myself introspectively.”
–“I found this class very useful. It was the class I talked to my friends most about…”
–“It was a unique experience just to be exposed to all these ideas. I probably wouldn’t have been if it weren’t for this class.”

Instructor: Dr. Chris C. Martin:  Send any questions to chris.martin@bme.gatech.edu