Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
About This Catalog
About the University
Undergraduate Education in Newark
College of Nursing
Liberal Arts Colleges
Admission to the Liberal Arts Colleges
Newark College of Arts and Sciences
University College–Newark
Academic Programs and Courses
Availablity of Courses, Majors, and Minor Programs
Course Notation Information
Academic Foundations 003
African-American and African Studies 014
Allied Health Technologies 045
American Studies 050
Ancient and Medieval Civilizations 060
Anthropology 070
Arabic 074
Archaeology 075
Art (Art 080, B.F.A. Visual Arts 081, Art History 082, Arts Management 084)
Biological Sciences
Major Requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Major Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biology
Minor in Biology
Writing Intensive Courses
Teacher Certification
Botany (B.A. only)
Major Requirements
Minor in Botany
Zoology (B.A. only)
Major Requirements
Minor in Zoology
Central and Eastern European Studies (CEES) 149
Chemistry 160
Clinical Laboratory Sciences 191
Computer Science 198
Criminal Justice 202
Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geology 460)
Economics 220
Urban Education 300
English (350 and 352)
Environmental Sciences 375
French 420
Geoscience Engineering 465
Greek 490
Hebraic Studies 500
History (History 510, American 512)
Honors 525
Human-Computer Interaction 531
International Affairs
Italian 560
Journalism and Media Studies 570
Korean 574
Latin 580
Legal Studies
Linguistics 615
Mathematics (Mathematics 640, Statistics 960)
Medical Technology 660
Music (Music 700, Music Performance 701)
Philosophy 730
Physics 750
Political Science 790
Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies 810
Psychology 830
Puerto Rican Studies 836
Religious Studies 840
Slavic 861
Social Work 910
Sociology 920
Spanish 940
Speech 950
Theater Arts, Television and Media Arts (Theater Arts 965, Speech 950)
Urban Studies 975
Women's Studies 988
Administration and Faculty
Consortium with New Jersey Institute of Technology
Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate-Newark
General Information
Camden Newark New Brunswick/Piscataway
  Newark Undergraduate Catalog 2006-2008 Liberal Arts Colleges Academic Programs and Courses Biological Sciences Major Requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Biology  

Major Requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Biology

The biology major consists of 35 credits in biological sciences plus cognate courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. The following requirements define the major in biology. All courses required for the major in biology, including cognate courses, must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students are urged to meet with their advisers regularly.

1. 21:120:101-102 General Biology (4,4)

2. 21:120:301 Foundations of Biology: Cell and

Molecular Biology (4)

3. Students must complete one course from each of the four categories listed below under major conceptual approaches to organisms (13-15 credits).

a. Organismal Approach. Biology and systematics of organismal groups from a phylogenetic perspective.

21:120:211 Plant Kingdom (4)

21:120:311 Taxonomy of Vascular Plants (4)

21:120:320 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (4)

21:120:322 Evolution (3)

21:120:327 Biology of Invertebrates (4)

b. Functional Approach.Functional mechanisms of living organisms.

21:120:230 Biology of Seed Plants (4)

21:120:330 Plant Physiology (4)

21:120:335 General Microbiology (4)

21:120:340 Mammalian Physiology (4)

c. Molecular and Cellular Approach.Structure and function of living systems at the molecular and cellular levels.

21:120:355 Cell Biology (3)

21:120:356 Molecular Biology (3)

21:120:360 Biochemistry (3)

d. Ecological Approach.Organism environment interactions; the structure and function of populations, communities, and ecosystems.

21:120:370 Plant Ecology (3)

21:120:380 Animal Ecology (3)

21:120:481 Marine Biology (4)

4. Students are required to have at least one laboratory course dealing with animal systems and one laboratory course dealing with plant systems. Please note that some of these courses also may be used to fulfill the requirements of number 3 above. However, the same course may not be used to satisfy both laboratory and field requirements.

Animal laboratory courses

21:120:320 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (4)

21:120:327 Biology of Invertebrates (4)

21:120:340 Mammalian Physiology (4)

21:120:342 Developmental Biology (4)

21:120:358 Microanatomy of Cells and Tissues (4)

Plant laboratory courses

21:120:211 Plant Kingdom (4)

21:120:230 Biology of Seed Plants (4)

21:120:311 Taxonomy of Vascular Plants (4)

21:120:330 Plant Physiology (4)

21:120:414 Phycology (4)

21:120:415 Paleobotany (4)

21:120:430 Plant Growth and Development (4)

5. Students are required to have at least one course with a field component, as listed below. Please note that some of these courses also may be used to fulfill requirements in number 3 above. However, the same course may not be used to satisfy both field and laboratory requirements.

21:120:311 Taxonomy of Vascular Plants (4)

21:120:327 Biology of Invertebrates (4)

21:120:328 Ornithology (3)

21:120:371 Field Studies in Plant Ecology (3)

21:120:381 Field Studies in Animal Ecology (3)

21:120:415 Paleobotany (4)

21:120:470 Field Ecology (3)

21:120:481 Marine Biology (4)

21:120:486 Tropical Field Biology (2)

6. In addition to the above, the following courses may be used to complete the 35 credits for the biology major:

21:120:325 Animal Parasites (3)

21:120:326 Laboratory Exercises in Parasitology (1)

21:120:346 Neurobiology (3)

21:120:352 Genetics (3)

21:120:382 Animal Behavior (3)

21:120:403 Biological Ultrastructure (3)

21:120:404 Light and Electron Microscopy (4)

21:120:413 Mycology (4)

21:120:443 Immunology (3)

21:120:445 Endocrinology (3)

21:120:451 Laboratory in Cellular and Molecular Biology: Cellular Biophysics (4)

21:120:452 Laboratory in Cellular and Molecular Biology: Molecular Biotechniques (4)

21:120:455 Molecular Cell Biology (3)

21:120:456 Virology (3)

21:120:471 Ecological Physiology (3)

21:120:472 Environmental Assessment (3)

21:120:487 Systems Ecology (3)

21:120:491,492 Problems in Biology (BA,BA)

21:120:493,494 Seminar in Biology (1,1)

7. In addition to the requirements in the biological sciences, the following cognate courses are required:

a. 21&62:160:115-116 General Chemistry (4,4) and

21&62:160:113-114 General Chemistry Laboratory (1,1)

b. 21&62:160:335-336 Organic Chemistry (4,4) and

21&62:160:331 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2)

c. 21&62:750:203,204 General Physics I,II (4,4) and

21&62:750:205,206 Introductory Physics Laboratory (1,1)

d. 21&62:640:135 Calculus I (4)

Questions concerning the applicability of individual courses to the major may be directed to the undergraduate coordinator of the Department of Biological Sciences, Room 407,Boyden Hall (973/353-1268). With written permission of the undergraduate coordinator, qualified majors may use certain graduate courses selected from the offerings of the graduate program in biology at the Graduate School-Newark to fulfill the credit requirement for the biology major.

The following courses are recommended for the biology major:

21&62:198:100 Introduction to Computers and Information Processing or 21&62:198:101 Computers and Programming or(NJIT) CIS 098 Fundamentals of Computers and Programming

21:640:327 Probability and Statistics or 21:830:301 Statistical Methods for the Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences or 21:960:211 Statistics or(NJIT) 28:640:105 Probability and Statistics.

For additional information, contact RU-info at 732/932-info (4636) or
Comments and corrections to: Campus Information Services.

2006 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. All rights reserved.