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Course Notation Information
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
General Information
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 Division of Life Science, Faculty of Arts and Science  

Division of Life Science, Faculty of Arts and Science

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Dean: Kenneth J. Breslauer

Director, Office of Undergraduate Instruction: Jamshid Rabii

Acting Chairperson, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience: Wise Young

Chairperson, Department of Genetics: Jay A. Tischfield

Chairperson, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry: Vincent Pirrotta

The Division of Life Sciences coordinates, fosters, and integrates the instructional and research activities of a broad range of faculty with interests in the biological sciences. The principal units of the division include three departments: Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Genetics, and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, as well as two sections, the biological chemistry section of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and the biopsychology and behavioral neuroscience section of the Department of Psychology. The division's primary goal is to provide a high caliber of interdisciplinary teaching and research in the life sciences as it trains the next generation of teachers, researchers, and future health professionals.

Instruction in the life sciences has undergone enormous changes over the past 10 to 15 years. These changes reflect the intellectual revolution of the last two decades, as well as technical advances that have expanded greatly the tools available to life scientists. Today, students majoring in the life sciences at Rutgers-New Brunswick/Piscataway experience an exciting atmosphere of learning that exposes them to the concepts and methods of these intellectual and technological advances. The students have open to them a plethora of learning avenues, ranging from thought- provoking lecture presentations to original and cutting-edge research opportunities in state-of-the-art laboratories. A first-class faculty, modern laboratory equipment, and powerful computers used in teaching reflect the division`s commitment to provide its students with the best learning environment.

The division offers a wide spectrum of majors for students interested in the life sciences. These options range from a division-based major in biological sciences, designed to provide a general life sciences education, to department-based majors in cell biology and neuroscience, genetics and microbiology, and molecular biology and biochemistry, aimed at providing specialized training, with a strong emphasis on research. Graduates of the division will be highly competitive for a range of postbaccalaureate opportunities, including graduate education and research, health-professions training, and biomedical and biotechnological research positions, as well as teaching careers in the sciences.

The first two years of the student's tenure at Rutgers is expected to revolve around the life sciences core curriculum, a series of basic offerings designed to provide the general background required for pursuing upper-division courses in any of the individual majors. Regardless of the major chosen, students are encouraged to participate in independent study within a research laboratory in order to take advantage of the rich expertise of the many life sciences faculty in New Brunswick/Piscataway. The division also has a highly developed advising system, with many faculty advisers available to work with individual students in their selection of courses and completion of their major requirements.

Students may not major in more than one of the followingmajors in the Division of Life Sciences: Biological Sciences (119), Cell Biology and Neuroscience (146), Genetics (447), or Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (694). Furthermore, students majoring in one of these four majors may not minor in Biological Sciences (119).

For additional information and announcements about the Division of Life Sciences, please visit the division's web site.

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