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Newark College of Arts and Sciences
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Course Notation Information
Academic Foundations 003
Africana Studies 014
American Studies 050
Ancient and Medieval Civilizations 060
Anthropology 070
Arabic 074
Art, Design, and Art History 080, 081, 082, 083, 085
Arts & Sciences 090
Asian Studies 098
Biological Sciences 120
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Major Requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Major Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biology
Minor in Biology
Teacher Certification
Cell and Molecular Biology (B.A. only)
Major Requirements for Cell and Molecular Biology
Minor Requirements for Cell and Molecular Biology
Ecology and Evolution (B.A. only)
Major Requirements for Ecology and Evolution
Minor Requirements for Ecology and Evolution
Neurobiology (B.A. only)
Major Requirements for Neurobiology
Minor Requirements for Neurobiology
Plant Science (B.A. only)
Major Requirements for Plant Science
Minor Requirements for Plant Science
Writing-Intensive Courses
Biological Sciences Courses (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Chemistry 160
Chinese 165
Clinical Laboratory Sciences 191
Computer Science 198
Creative Writing 200
Data Science 219
Economics 220
Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources 216
English 350, 352
English: Composition and Writing 355
Environmental Sciences 375
Film Studies 380
French 420
Geoscience/Geology 460
Global Politics 487
Health and Society 502
Health Information Management 504
History 510, 512
Honors 525
Honors Living-Learning Community 526
International Affairs 551
Italian 560
Japanese 565
Journalism 086
Latin 580
Latin American Studies 590
Latina/o Studies 597
Legal Studies 603
Linguistics 615
Mathematics 640
Medical Imaging Sciences 658
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 686
Music 087
Neuroscience 112
Peace and Conflict Studies 735
Philosophy 730
Physics 750
Political Science 790
Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies 812
Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology 819
Psychology 830
Social Work 910
Sociology 920
Spanish 940
Theater 088
Translation and Interpreting Studies 942
Urban Education 300
Video Production 089
Women's and Gender Studies 988
Writing 989
Youth Development & Juvenile Justice 985
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Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate-Newark
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Camden Newark New Brunswick/Piscataway
  Newark Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2024 School of Arts and Sciences-Newark Academic Programs and Courses Biological Sciences 120  

Biological Sciences 120

Department of Biological Sciences

Boyden Hall, Room 206






Newark College of Arts and Sciences offers multiple major and minor degree programs in the biological sciences (biology, cell and molecular biology, ecology and evolution, plant biology, neurobiology). Bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees are both conferred. The biology major is offered jointly by Rutgers University-Newark and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

(Federated with New Jersey Institute of Technology)

Chair: Wilma Friedman


Edward M. Bonder, Biological Sciences; B.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania

Wilma Friedman, Biological Sciences; B.A., Oberlin College; Ph.D., Rockefeller 

Nan Gao, Biological Sciences; B.S., Soochow (China); M.S., Fudan (China); Ph.D., Vanderbilt

Haesun Kim, Biological Sciences; B.S., Seoul National; M.S., Toledo; Ph.D., Cincinnati


Jorge Golowasch, NJIT; B.A., Universidad de Chile; Ph.D., Brandeis

Farzan Nadim, NJIT; B.S., Northeastern; M.A., Ph.D., Boston

Horatio Rotstein, NJIT; B.S., Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina); M.S., Ph.D., Technion, Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)

Associate Professors:

Claus Holzapel, Earth and Environmental Sciences; B.S., Hamburg (Germany); M.S., Ph.D., Göttingen (Germany) (affiliate)

Lily Khadempour, Earth and Environmental Sciences; B.S., M.S., British Columbia (Canada); Ph.D., Wisconsin (Madison) (affiliate)

Karina V. R. Schafer, Earth and Environmental Sciences; B.S., Bayreuth (Germany); Ph.D., Duke (affiliate)

Tracy S. Tran, Biological Sciences; B.S., M.S., Ph.D., California (Los Angeles)


Dirk Bucher, NJIT; Diploma in Biology, Ph.D., Free University of Berlin

Daniel Bunker, NJIT; B.S., Evergreen State College; Ph.D., Pittsburgh

Eric Fortune, NJIT; B.S., Ph.D., Chicago

Simon Garnier, NJIT; B.S., Bordeaux II (France); M.S., Ph.D., Toulouse (France)

Gareth J. Russell, NJIT; B.A., Oxford; Ph.D., Tennessee

Daphne Soares, NJIT; Ph.D., Maryland

Assistant Professors:


Jean-Pierre Etchegaray, Biological Sciences; B.S., Austral (Chile); Ph.D., Rutgers

Pabitra Sahoo, Biological Sciences; Ph.D., University of Pune (India)

Angelo Soto-Centeno, Earth and Environmental Sciences; B.S., Interamerican University of Puerto Rico; M.S., Eastern Michigan; Ph.D., Florida (affiliate)

Ching-On Wong, Biological Sciences; B.S., Ph.D., Chinese University of Hong Kong (China)


Phillip Barden, NJIT; B.S., Arizona State; Ph.D., American Museum of Natural History Richard Gilder Graduate School

Brooke Flammang, NJIT; M.S., California State; Ph.D., Harvard

Marcelo Gehara, NJIT; B.S., Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (Brazil); M.S., Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil); Ph.D., Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany) (affiliate)

Kristen Severi, NJIT; B.S., Dickinson College; Ph.D., Northeastern

Associate Teaching Professor:

Caroline Maier, Earth and Environmental Sciences; B.S., M.S., Delaware; Ph.D., Rutgers (affiliate)

Assistant Teaching Professors:

Rola Bekdash, Biological Sciences; B.S., American University of Beirut (Lebanon); Ph.D., Rutgers

Miguel Cervantes-Cervantes, Biological Sciences; Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Mexico); Ph.D., Rutgers

Kavitha Govindasamy, Biological Sciences; Tamil Nadu Agriculture University (India), Ph.D., Indian Agriculture Research Institute (India)

Susan Seipel, Biological Sciences; B.S., Brown; Ph.D., Rutgers


Caroline Devan, NJIT; B.A., Tennessee; Ph.D., New Jersey Institute of Technology

Mary Konsolaki, NJIT; B.S., University of Athens (Greece); Ph.D., University of Crete (Greece)

Maria L. Stanko, NJIT; B.A., Bowdoin College; Ph.D., Rutgers

John Yarotsky, NJIT; Ph.D., Rutgers

Emeritus Faculty:

Ann Cali, Biological Sciences; B.S., Florida; M.S., Ph.D., Ohio State

Please visit the departmental website for the most up-to-date information about major and minor requirements and current courses.

For additional information, contact RU-info at 848-445-info (4636) or
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