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Accounting 010
African Area Studies 016
Africana Studies
Aging 018
American History 512
American Literature
American Studies 050
Anthropology 070
Armenian 078
Art 080, 081
Art History 082
Arts and Science 090
Asian Studies 098
Astrophysics 105
Biological Sciences
Biomedical Sciences
Business Law 140
Catalan 145
Cell Biology
Chemistry 160
Chinese 165
Cinema Studies 175
Cognitive Science 185
Community Development
Comparative Literature 195
Computer Science 198
Criminal Justice 202
Dance 203, 206
Douglass College Courses
East Asian Languages and Area Studies 214
Economics 220
Education 300
Environmental Certificates
European Studies 360
Exercise Science and Sport Studies 377
Film Studies
Finance 390
Food Science 400
Foreign Language Proficiency Certificates
French 420
Geography 450
Geological Sciences 460
German 470
Greek 490
Greek, Modern Greek Studies 489
Hindi 505
History/French Joint Major 513
History/Political Science Joint Major 514
Hungarian 535
Individualized Major
Interdisciplinary Studies
Italian 560
Japanese 565
Jewish Studies 563
Journalism and Media Studies 567
Junior Year Abroad
Korean 574
Labor Studies 575
Latin 580
Latin American Studies 590
Life Sciences
Division of Life Science, Faculty of Arts and Science
Life Science Core Curriculum
Biological Sciences 119
Entry Requirements of the Major
Major Requirements
Minor Requirements
Independent Study and Research in Biology
Rutgers University/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Joint Bachelor of Art/Medical Degree (B.A./M.D.) Program
Departmental Honors Program
Cell Biology and Neuroscience 146
Entry Requirements of the Major
Major Requirements
Departmental Honors Program
Genetics 447
Entry Requirements of the Major
Major Requirements
Elective Courses
Departmental Honors Program
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 694
Entry Requirements of the Major
Major Requirements
Departmental Honors Program
Linguistics 615
Livingston College Courses
Management 620
Marine Sciences 628
Marketing 630
Mathematics 640
Medical Technology 660
Medicine and Dentistry
Medieval Studies 667
Middle Eastern Studies 685
Military Education, Air Force 690
Military Education, Army 691
Molecular Biology
Nutritional Sciences 709
Operations Research 711
Philosophy 730
Physics 750
Physiology and Neurobiology
Planning and Public Policy 762
Polish 787
Political Science 790
Portuguese 810
Psychology 830
Public Health
Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies 836
Religion 840
Russian 860
Russian, Central and East European Studies 861
Rutgers College Courses
Science, Technology, and Society
Social Work 910
Sociology 920
South Asian Studies 925
Spanish 940
Statistics 960
Study Abroad 959
Theater Arts 965, 966
Ukrainian 967
University College–New Brunswick College Courses
Urban Studies
Visual Arts
Women's and Gender Studies 988
Douglass College
Livingston College
Rutgers College
University College
Cook College
Mason Gross School of the Arts
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate-New Brunswick
School of Communication, Information and Library Studies (SCILS)
School of Engineering
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
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Camden Newark New Brunswick/Piscataway
New Brunswick/Piscataway Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2007 Programs of Study For Liberal Arts Students Programs, Faculty, and Courses Life Sciences Major Requirements  

Major Requirements

The program in biological sciences, administered through the Division of Life Sciences Office of Undergraduate Instruction, is intended to provide a broad and comprehensive training in modern biology. This course of study is recommended for those who wish to study biology as part of their liberal arts education, preparing them for a career in one of the health professions, graduate studies in biology, a teaching career in secondary schools (courses in education also are required), as well as employment in various areas of the life sciences. If a student wishes to concentrate his or her studies in a specific area of biology, he or she should consider a major offered by one of the departments in the Division of Life Sciences or in Cook College. Faculty advisers are available to assist each student with course selection and program requirements.

A minimum of 20 credits of course work from among general biology, genetics, and life sciences electives must be completed in residence. In other words, no more than 16 credits in this part of the major requirements may be transferred from any institution outside of Rutgers-New Brunswick/Piscataway. This rule is intended to assure that students receiving degrees from Rutgers-New Brunswick/ Piscataway have taken a minimum number of courses in their major with this faculty. Please keep in mind that although a course may transfer from another institution into one of the Rutgers-New Brunswick/Piscataway colleges, it will not necessarily be accepted toward the major in biological sciences. Therefore, all transfer courses must be evaluated and accepted by the Advising Office of the Office of Undergraduate Instruction in order to count toward the major. As indicated earlier, students must complete both terms of general biology at the same institution or on the same campus of Rutgers before becoming eligible to declare the biological sciences major.

The course requirements for the biological sciences major are divided into two sections, the life sciences core courses and the life sciences electives.

Required Life Sciences Core Courses (47 credits)

01:119:101-102 General Biology (4,4)

01:160:161-162 General Chemistry (4,4) or 01:160:163-164 Honors General Chemistry (4,4)

01:160:171 Introduction to Experimentation (1)

01:160:307-308 Organic Chemistry (4,4) or 01: 160:315-316 Principles of Organic Chemistry (4,4)

01:160:311 Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2)

01:447:380 Genetics (4)

01:640:135, 138 *Calculus for the Biological Sciences (4,4) or01:640:151-152Calculus for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (4,4)

01:750:203-204 General Physics (3,3) **

01:750:205-206 General Physics Laboratory (1,1) **

Life Sciences Electives (24 credits)

It is highly recommended that students meet with life sciences adviser in the Division of Life Sciences Office of Undergraduate Instruction when planning their elective courses. It is important that the courses taken complement each other as much as possible and are not merely a collection of unrelated topics.

The electives must include at least three laboratory courses, only one of which may be satisfied by research work. General biology laboratory and "library research" do not qualify for this requirement. A minimum of six courses (18 credits) must be at the 300 or 400 level, including at least three separate laboratory courses or three courses with a laboratory component. The laboratory associated with genetics (382 or equivalent), if taken, may be used to satisfy one of the three laboratory requirements.

No course at the 100 level may be used to satisfy the life sciences elective requirements. A maximum of 6 credits of independent study/research/honors research may be used toward the 24 elective credits. Please keep in mind that a minimum grade-point average of 2.8 is required to enroll in an independent study/research course in biological sciences. Research courses can satisfy only one of the three laboratory requirements, regardless of number of credits. Courses taken on a Pass/Failbasis may not be used to satisfy requirements for the major in biological sciences.

The elective courses must include at least one course each from the Cell Biology and Neuroscience 146, Genetics 447, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 694, and Natural Resource Management 704 subject areas. A list of approved courses in subject areas in addition to those in the Division of Life Sciences (Biological Sciences 119, Cell Biology and Neuroscience 146, Genetics 447, and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 694) will be published by the Advising Office of the Office of Undergraduate Instruction. It is recommended strongly that students consult this list, which is available on the web site, prior to registering for their courses. Generally, acceptable courses from other departments on any campus of Rutgers University have a year of general biology as a prerequisite; however, there are exceptions. It is imperative for students to consult the published list and/or meet with an adviser. Cooperative education credits may not be used to satisfy requirements for the major in biological sciences, unless prior approval has been obtained from the Office of Undergraduate Instruction.

* With permisson, 01:640:138 (4) may be substituted by 01:960:379 Basic Probability and Statistics (3) or 401 Basic Statisitics for research.
** 01:750:193-194 (4,4) or 01:750:201-202 (5,5) may be substituted for 203-204 (3,3) plus 205-206 (1,1).

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