Registration Information

Phase I registration for the Spring 2020 semester begins October 28th and goes until Friday, December 13th 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 will be from January 3rd to January 10th.

Top things to know for Spring 2020

1. Overloads and Permits

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

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 semester 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 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.

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 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 4833 for Intro to Biomechanics, will be included in this computation.
  • An average grade of “C”, or 2.0, is required by Georgia Tech in all courses to graduate.

5. Random course information: Includes new Special Topics sections for BMED 3100 and 3400 and changes to CS 1371
    • BMED 4853 A is Introduction to Biomechanics, a three credit course.  Prerequisites:  COE 2001, MATH 2551.  This is not a depth class, this is a PSS section of BMED 3400.  It substitutes for BMED 3400.  BMED 3400 will eventually be BMED 3410, a three credit course. 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.  Eventually you will need to take a one credit BME course to account for the one credit you will be losing here.  There will be ample opportunities to do this going forward.
    • You have two choices to take Systems Physiology for Spring 2020.  There is one section of the traditional BMED 3100, taught by Dr. Machelle Pardue.  In addition, BMED 4853 B is also System Physiology.  This is not a depth class, this is a PSS section of BMED 3100.  It substitutes for BMED 3100.  Notice that you will register for the lecture section B, then choose one of the two PSS sections, B01 or B02, just like you would register for a Chemistry course that has labs.  These sections are taught by Dr. Michelle Laplaca (B01) and Dr. Kyla Ross (B02).  Prerequisites for both Systems Physiology courses is CHEM 1315 or CHEM 2311 or Junior standing.
    • Capstone students can either take BMED 4602, or the interdisciplinary Capstone, GT 4823 BME, crn# 37748.  Email fincannon@bme.gatech.edu with your GTID# and your permit request if you want to take GT 4823 BME.  Students who have applied to graduate will receive permits for BMED 4602 and 3610 on Friday (tomorrow).   For those not graduating in Spring or Summer 2020, BMED 3610 and BMED 4602 will open up to all students on Wednesday, November 13th at 9am.
    • 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.
    • Capstone students can either take BMED 4602, or the interdisciplinary Capstone, GT 4823 BME, crn# 37748.  Email paul.fincannon@bme.gatech.edu with your GTID# and your permit request.
    • BMED 2210/2110.  BMED 2210 will exist as a four credit course for the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters, and will become BMED 2110, a three credit course in Fall 2020.  Your advisors will help you adjust your DegreeWorks going forward to make sure you are taking the right amount of credits to graduate.
      Back story:  As an originally-planned 4 lecture-hour/credit-hour course, over the last several years we have been out of compliance with GaTech’s credit and contact hour guidelines.  To comply, we have gained approval from the institute to formally convert this course to a 1-lecture hour, 4-contact hour problem-solving studio formatted course, renumbered to be BMED 2110.Because of an unforeseeable event related to placing this course on a “STEM course” list for purposes of the HOPE scholarship, we will need to continue to offer BMED 2210 instead of BMED 2110 in the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters. If we did not take this action, it would do harm to our students. Starting Fall 2020, BMED 2210 will be permanently replaced by  BMED 2110.
    • BME pre-health students will take CHEM 2313 for Organic Chemistry II, not 2312.
    • BMED 3400/4853 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 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.

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.  You might also try this gpa calculator from our friends at Georgia State University, https://advisement.gsu.edu/self-service/gpa-calculator/
  • 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. Prerequisite change reminders from last year

BMED 3610:   Prerequistes 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.


13. Take the Happiness Class!

A 3-credit course on happiness is being offered in Spring 2020, taught by Dr. Chris Martin, a postdoc with a background in sociology and psychology.

BMED 2803 A, crn# 41341, MWF 11:15 – 12:05, MoSE G021

“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