Office of Undergraduate Instruction

01:119:115/116 General Biology

General Biology 115 and 116 is a two semester sequence intended for students majoring in the biological sciences or pharmacy, and for students who plan to attend a professional school in the sciences. Bio 115/116 replaces Bio 101/102 which will no longer be offered.

Along with Bio 117 (the 2 credit laboratory course), the Bio 115/116 sequence is a CORE requirement for the Biological Sciences and Division of Life Sciences departmental majors.


Fall, Spring, and Summer


4 (3 credits lecture, 1 credit workshop)


01:119:115 Corequisites are placement into English 350:101 (or higher) and Mathematics 640:111-112, or 115 (or higher). Students
lacking pre-/corequisites will be deregistered without warning.

01:119:116 Prerequisite is successful completion of 01:119:115

During the summer session, it is impossible to take 355:101 or 640:111 concurrently with General Biology, therefore, these are
prerequisites during the summer.

Although not enforced as a prerequisite, it is assumed that all students have successfully completed a course in high school Chemistry.

For Students looking to fulfill the General Biology requirement after having earned a D or F in either 119:101 or 119:102: 

1. If D in 101 and C in 102 – student can take Bio 115 to fulfill Gen Bio I lecture requirement; student will not need to take Bio 117.

2. If C in 101 and F in 102 – student will need to take Bio 116 to fulfill Gen Bio II lecture requirement and Bio 117 to complete the lab requirement.

3. If C in 101 and D in 102 – student can take Bio 116 to fulfill Gen Bio II lecture requirement; student will not need to take Bio 117.

Please note: All students wishing to major in Biological Sciences are required to earn a C  or better in their General Biology coursework (lecture and lab components).

Course Description 

01:119:115 Topics include: 

Scientific Process

Basic Chemistry

Biological Molecules

Origin of Life

Mitosis and Meiosis




Mendelian Genetics

DNA Structure and Function

Protein Synthesis

DNA Technology

Human Genetics



01:119:116 Topics include: 




Protist Diversity

Fungi Diversity

Animal Diversity

Plant Diversity

Plant Biology

Nervous System

Sense Organs

Endocrine System



Musculoskeletal System

Digestion & Nutrition






Course URL 

Sakai website will be active during the semester

Course satisfies SAS Core Curriculum Learning Goals 

Natural Science: Understand and apply basic principles and concepts in the physical or biological sciences.

Natural Sciences: Explain and be able to assess the relationship among assumptions, method, evidence, arguments, and theory in scientific analysis.

Course Satisfies Departmental Learning Goals 

 I. To acquire the appropriate factual and conceptual knowledge that provides students with a foundation to further their education and career in the areas of life science or health science.  Students will be able to demonstrate basic knowledge (ex. identify, define, explain...) of the concepts, practices and principles that comprise the biological sciences.

II. To develop data analysis and statistical reasoning skills that prepares students for a society increasing reliant on the use of data and information. Students will be able to interpret/evaluate patterns in data presented in tables, figures, and graphs as well as be able to organize, summarize and present data.

III. To develop the ability to use scientific reasoning as embodied by the structured process commonly known as the scientific method to empower students with the ability to generate and refine knowledge. Students will be able to evaluate and apply the practice of science.

IV. To develop critical thinking and problems solving skills appropriate to prepare students to evaluate, synthesize and generate knowledge that provides them with a competitive advantage to adapt to an evolving, global, and knowledge based society.  Students will be able to demonstrate application of higher order thinking (ex. classify, diagnosis, evaluate, synthesize, hypothesize...).  Students will develop an understanding of not only the connections within biology but also the connections between biology and other scientific disciplines.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy 

Lecture component: Two hourly exams and a final exam; 60% of course grade.  All exams are comprehensive; while the newest material will be emphasized on the second midterm exam and final exam, students will be expected to make linkages between new material and the older material.

Workshop component: weekly quizzes and assignments; 40% of course grade.

Course Materials 


Text: Campbell Biology 10th Edition, Reece et al. ISBN: 9780321775658- this is the full national edition

NOTE:  Campbell Biology 10th Ed was not be available nationally until October 2013, the publisher (Pearson) made a custom split edition of the textbook especially for Rutgers for use in the 13/14 academic year. The first split will contain all the chapters that will be used in the Fall semester. A second custom split that includes chapters used in the spring in Bio 116:  With these two custom versions, the student has the entire 10th edition. The custom RU version of Campbell Biology 10th Ed, new or used, remains appropriate for use during the 14/15 academic year.

The ISBN number for the RU Custom split with the Bio 115 chapters is 978169566056 and is available at the bookstore and includes access to Pearson's Mastering Biology.  Provided above is the edition that will be available at the bookstore (although we will not use MB in the course).

Mastering Biology is NOT a required resource for Bio 115/116 and it will not be used formally in the course.  Students may, however, wish to use this resource to test themselves as they progress through the semester or as an additional resource to help them learn the material.

Lecturers will use the 10th Edition of Campbell Biology; they will not provide guidance as to what sections or figures are
equivalent or different from older editions. Use of older editions is not recommended; students use older editions at their own risk.


Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms, Donald  Borror - knowing the etymology of biological terms can be helpful in learning and remembering the terms.  This Dictionary provides quick access to etymologies; it is not a required resource.

Course Closed? 

Students should continue to check WebReg to see if a spot has opened; special permission is not given for full sections.  If students are not registered by the start of classes, they should go to the first lecture meeting anyway, but continue to check WebReg.  There is no waiting list for General Biology.  Students must be officially registered to attend a Workshop.


Dr. Gregg Transue
phone: 848-932-9368
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Dr. Carolyn d'Arville 

127B Busch Lab Center, Busch Campus 

Dr. Harry Janes 

Foran Hall, Rm 123, Cook Campus 

Dr. Anne Keating           

123A Busch Lab Center, Busch Campus                                                                                                                                                                      

General Biology Secretary:
Ms. Kathy Agnese
General Biology Office



Biological Sciences Building, Room 106, Douglass Campus         

Phone:  848-932-9368 


129 Busch Lab Center, Busch Campus  

Phone: 848-932-9368 

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