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Accounting 010
African Area Studies 016
African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures 013
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Agriculture and Food Systems 020
American History 512
American Literature
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Chinese 165
Cinema Studies 175
Cognitive Science 185
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Community Development
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Dance 203
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Education 300
Entomology 370
Environmental and Business Economics 373
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Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior 374
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European Studies 360
Exercise Science 377
Film Studies
Finance 390
Food Science 400
French 420
Gender and Media 438
Geography 450
Geological Sciences 460
German 470
Greek 490
Greek, Modern Greek Studies 489
Health Administration 501
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History/French Joint Major 513
History/Political Science Joint Major 514
Holocaust Studies 564
Human Resource Management 533
Hungarian 535
Individualized Major 555
Information Technology and Informatics 547
Interdisciplinary Studies, SAS 556
International and Global Studies 558
Italian 560
Japanese 565
Jewish Studies 563
Journalism and Media Studies 567
Junior Year Abroad
Korean 574
Labor Studies and Employment Relations 575
Landscape Architecture 550
Latin 580
Latin American Studies 590
Latino and Caribbean Studies 595
Leadership and Management 605
Life Sciences
Life Sciences Core Curriculum
Biological Sciences 119
Cell Biology and Neuroscience 146
Exercise Science 377
Genetics 447
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 694
Sport Management 955
Linguistics 615
Management and Global Business 620
Marine Sciences 628
Marketing 630
Mathematics 640
Medicine and Dentistry
Medieval Studies 667
Meteorology 670
Microbiology 680
Middle Eastern Studies 685
Military Education, Air Force 690
Military Education, Army 691
Military Education, Naval 692
Military Science Minor (Military Science 691N, Naval Science 692N, Aerospace Science 693N, Non-Commissioning 695N)
Molecular Biology
Nutritional Sciences 709
Operations Research 711
Organizational Leadership 713
Philosophy 730
Physics 750
Physiology and Neurobiology
Planning and Public Policy 762
Plant Biology 776
Polish 787
Political Science 790
Portuguese 810
Psychology 830
Public Health 832
Public Policy 833
Religion 840
Russian 860
Sexualities Studies 888
Social Justice 904
Social Work 910
Sociology 920
South Asian Studies 925
Spanish 940
Sport Management 955
Statistics 960
Study Abroad 959
Supply Chain Management 799
Theater 965
Ukrainian 967
Urban Planning and Design 971
Urban Studies
Visual Arts
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 988
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Mason Gross School of the Arts
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Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate-New Brunswick
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Honors College of Rutgers University-New Brunswick
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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2024 Programs of Study and Courses for Liberal Arts and Sciences Students Programs, Faculty, and Courses Life Sciences  

Life Sciences

Division of Life Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences


Dean: Lori R. Covey

Director, Office of Undergraduate Instruction: Martha Haviland

Chair, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience: Megerditch Kiledjian

Chair, Department of Genetics: Tara C. Matise

Chair, Department of Kinesiology and Health: Brandon Alderman

Chair, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry: Barth Grant

The following majors are available in the Division of Life Sciences:

Biological Sciences 119
Cell Biology and Neuroscience 146
Exercise Science 377
Genetics 447
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 694
Sport Management 955

Students interested in the life sciences also may consider related tracks within major programs offered by the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (chemical biology option) and the Department of Psychology (specialization in behavioral neuroscience).

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 four departments: Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Genetics, Kinesiology and Health, 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 15 to 20 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 University-New Brunswick 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 and modern laboratory equipment 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, exercise science, genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry, and sport management 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 and Piscataway. The exercise science and the sport management majors require an internship experience. The division also has a highly developed advising system, with dedicated and knowledgeable faculty advisers available to work with individual students in their selection of courses, completion of major requirements, and preparation for future careers.

Students may not major in more than one of the following majors in the Division of Life Sciences: Biological Sciences (119), Cell Biology and Neuroscience (146), Exercise Science (377), Genetics (447), Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (694), or Sport Management (955). Furthermore, students majoring in one of these four majors may not minor in Biological Sciences (119). Life science majors or minors may not be combined as double majors or as major/minors with Biomathematics (122), Biochemistry (115), or Microbiology (680). 

No more than 16 credits from among the life science courses required for completion of any Division of Life Sciences major may be fulfilled by credits transferred from any school outside of Rutgers-New Brunswick.

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

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