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Phase II registration for the Fall 2019 semester begins August 10th and goes until Friday, August 23rd at 4pm.  Use the MyBMEwebpage https://bme.gatech.edu/bme/mybme-ug and the Registrar’s Office webpage http://www.registrar.gatech.edu for most answers to your questions.  After 4pm on August 23rd, if you drop a course you will receive a “W” on your transcript.

Top things to know for Fall 2019

1. Overloads and Permits

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

There will be no overloads allowed for BMED 2250, 2310, 3110, 3610 or 4602, although you can still get on the waitlist for these classes.

  • 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:

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 come.  Use DegreeWorks and the prerequisite chart to input your courses on the BME Academic Planning Form , found here.  Look under “Planning your schedule”.
  • 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 next two semesters ahead.  Advisors do not have time to help you with your four year schedule during registration.

3. Waitlist

There will be no overloads allowed for BMED 2250, 2310, 3110, 3610 or 4602, although you can still get on the waitlist for these classes. 

  • 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 list if there are problem situations.  The waitlist will become active during Phase II starting on August 16th around 11:00am.
  • 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.

4. 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” in CS 1371 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 (1000,2250, 2210, 2310, 3100, 3110, 3310, 3400, 3520, 3600, 3610, 4602).
  • An average grade of “C”, or 2.0, is required by Georgia Tech in all courses to graduate.

5. Random class information
    • BMED 4833 A,B:  Introduction to Biomechanics.  Professor:  Tsygankov.  Prerequisites:  COE 2001, MATH 2551.  This is not a depth class, this is a PSS section of BMED 3400.  It substitutes for BMED 3400.
    • BME pre-health students will take CHEM 2313 for Organic Chemistry II, not 2312.
    • BMED 3400 is a prerequisite for BMED 3110.   You cannot take them concurrently.
    • Students wanting to take BME Capstone Design can also register for the interdisciplinary section, GT 4823 BME, and use that for the Capstone Design requirement.  A permit is needed, email shawn.howson@registrar.gatech.edu.
    • 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 course CS 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, August 22nd.  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 attached, Certificates Summer 2018. xlsx
    • ** 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.

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
  • Here is the information on how to mathematically figure out your gpa.
  • The Degree Petition Checklists are the paper sheets we often use for advising.  While we steer everyone to DegreeWorks, this paper checklist is a good visual for tracking graduation credits as well.
  • Use the attached BME Academic Planning Form, found here, to help with your long term planning.  Or better yet, use the “Plans” tab on your DegreeWorks!
  • Use Courseoff:  https://gatech.courseoff.com/, for a visual of your potential schedule. Courseoff can be limiting, it is not “real time”.  If anything about a class changes, it will not show on Courseoff until the next day at the earliest.  Courseoff is not a Georgia Tech tool, but it is still helpful.

9. Helpful links

10. Get tutoring!
  • FOCUS tutoring this semester is for BMED 2210, 3100, and 3520.  The tutors are all BME students.  It’s like an open office hour hosted by students, for students. FOCUS leaders can help with homework, test review, or just concept review, depending on the student’s needs Check out the FOCUS flyer.  http://gtbmelc.wixsite.com/bme-learning-commons/academic-support


  • The Center for Academic Success is launching a new class in Fall 2019 for students on academic probation, GT 2801.  This course is replacing GT2100.  This course is designed for students to take a proactive solution on their academic standing. GT2801 is a 1 credit, grade-bearing class that will meet on Thursdays at 10:55am-11:45am. To request a permit students can contact Beatriz Rodriguez from the Center for Academic Success at beatriz@gatech.edu


  • PLUS Program – The Peer Lead Undergraduate Study (PLUS) Program provides opportunities for students enrolled in traditionally challenging courses to work together to review course content, develop learning and study strategies, and prepare for exams. These voluntary sessions are offered several times each week and are facilitated by peer leaders (PLUS leaders) who have successfully completed the course in a  previous semester.  See the attached PLUS flyerhttp://success.gatech.edu/tutoring/plus
  • Professor/ TA Office Hours – Every TA and professor has office hours, which are usually listed in the course syllabus. Be sure to use professor/TA office hours for questions and extra course support.
  • 1-to-1 Tutoring – 1-on-1 tutoring is a free, appointment-based, CRLA Certified, tutoring program offered to all Georgia Tech undergraduate students by the Center for Academic Success.  It is available for weekly appointments, day and evening hours.This service is free to all GT students through the Center for Academic Success.  http://success.gatech.edu/1-1-tutoring

11. Prerequisite Changes

BMED 3610:   Prerequisties are now BMED 3600 and Statistics.

BMED 3110 AND BMED 3310 are no longer prerequisites for BMED 3610.  BMED 3600 remains a concurrent prerequisite, and Statistics, BMED 2400 or ISYE/CEE 3770 will be new prereqs.

BMED 4602:   Prerequisites are now BMED 2310 and 3110.

BMED 3610 is no longer a concurrent prerequisite with 4602.  BMED 2310 remains a prereq, and BMED 3110 is the new prerequisite.

12. 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.