Course Descriptions

 

For Fall 2021, Rutgers is planning for a large majority of course sections in New Brunswick to be taught in-person. Some course sections will be delivered remotely/online, depending on the specific course and school. To allow for greater spacing between students in Fall 2021, classrooms have been assigned reduced capacities depending on room size and configuration, in accordance with public health guidelines. 

Remote course sections will be delivered either live following a regular class schedule (synchronously) or “by arrangement” (asynchronously)

  • For courses listed in the Schedule of Classes with a scheduled day and time, students are expected to connect remotely during those times. These classes typically involve web conferencing.
  • For courses listed as “by arrangement”, there are no scheduled class sessions. These courses will have a regular schedule of work and assignments due throughout each week, but they will not require you to be online at a particular time. Rather, your instructor will provide materials—for example, readings, video content, presentations, lectures, assignments, and exams—and you can access these materials and satisfy the course requirements within time frames specified by the instructor

For information about technology resources available to students, including information about WiFi and cellular access providers are making available during the COVID-19 response, please visit the Technology Resources for Students page, which is available on the Rutgers University’s COVID-19 Information website 

Division of Life Sciences Complete List of Course Descriptions (fall and spring offerings), please see below: 

The following is a list of undergraduate courses offered by the Division of Life Sciences. The courses are arranged according to departmental affiliation. You may also consult the online Catalog, the online Schedule of Classes, or the course synopsis for more information. General Biology 01:119:115, 116, and 117 (formerly 01:119:101 and 102) are the onl 100 level life science courses that count towards a major or minor in Biological Sciences.

Biological Sciences Courses (01:119)

Course Number           Course Description
01:119:101-102      

General Biology (4,4) No longer offered- This course is now 01:119:115, 116, and 117

01:119:103

Principles of Biology (4) (Fall Synopsis)

01:119:115 - 116  

General Biology (4,4) (Fall and Spring Synopsis)
This is the first year course series for all life science majors and along with Biological Research Laboratory, 01:119:117.  They are the only 100 level life science courses acceptable for a major or minor in Biological Sciences. 

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covid 19 picture119 116 2020/2021 Remote Course Guidance

01:119:117            

Biological Research Laboratory (2) (Fall and Spring Synopsis)

covid 19 picture119 117 2021 Remote Course Guidance

01:119:120

STEM Success Seminar  (1.5) (Fall Synopsis) 

01:119:127, 128

Anatomy & Physiology: Health Sciences (4,4) (Fall and Spring Synopsis)

01:119:131, 132

Microbiology for the Health Sciences & lab (3,1) (Fall and Spring Synopsis)

01:119:150

Biology, Society, and Biomedical Issues (3) (Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis)

01:119:154

Genetics, Law, and Social Policy (3) (Fall and Spring Synopsis)   

01:119:155

Human Genetics (3) (Spring Synopsis)

01:119:160

Biology, Society, and Ecological Issues (3) ( Fall and Spring Synopsis)

01:119:182

Essentials of Human Reproduction (3) ( Spring Synopsis)
01:119:195

Brain, Mind, and Behavior (3) (Fall and Spring Synopsis)

01:119:199

Preparation for General Biology (4) (Fall Synopsis)
01:119:201, 202

Independent Study In Biology (1-3) ( Fall and Spring Synopsis)

119:201-202 Independent Study in Biology Spring 2021 Syllabus

01:119:204

Outreach in Biology (1)  (Spring Synopsis)

01:119:205 Internship in the Life Sciences (3) (Spring Synopsis) 

01:119:307, 308,406, 407                     

Research In Biology (1-4) (Fall and Spring Synopsis)

01:119:401 

Clinical Practicum in the Health Professions (3)  (Fall and Spring Synopsis)

01:119:408, 409     

Honors In Biology (3-6) ( Fall and Spring Synopsis)

01:119:410     

Honors Communication in Biology  (1) (Spring Synopsis) 

Cell Biology and Neuroscience Courses (01:146) 

Course NumberCourse Description
01:146:201 - 202

Independent Study in CBN (1-3) (Fall and Spring Synopsis

01:146:245

Fundamentals of Neurobiology (3) (Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis)

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01:146:270

Fundamentals of Cell & Developmental Biology (3) (Spring Synopsis) (Fall Synopsis)            

Honors Section (Fall Synopsis)

01:146:295

Essentials of Cell Biology and Neuroscience (3) (Fall and Spring Synopsis)

01:146:307 - 308

Research in Cell Biology and Neuroscience (1-3) (Fall and Spring Synopsis)

01:146:322

Human Histology (4) (Spring Synopsis

01:146:328

Human Parasitology (3) (Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis)

01:146:329

Human Parasitology Lab (1) (Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis)

01:146:340  Virology (3) (Fall Synopsis
01:146:356

Systems Physiology (3) (Fall and Spring Synopsis)   

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01:146:357

Systems Physiology Laboratory (1)  (Fall and Spring Synopsis)

01:146:405

Honors Seminar (3)  (Spring Synopsis)

01:146:406 - 407

Research In Cell Biology and Neuroscience (1-3) (Fall and Spring Synopsis)

01:146:408 - 409

Honors Research (3-6) (Fall and Spring Synopsis)

01:146: 410- 411

Research Thesis in CBN I and II (3,3) (Fall and Spring Synopsis)
01:146:445

Advanced Neurobiology I (3) (Fall Synopsis)     

01:146:447

Advanced Neurobiology II (3) (Spring Synopsis)

01:146:456

Advanced Physiology (3) (Fall Synopsis

01:146:464

Topics In Cell Biology and Neuroscience- 

Fall Section 1: Stem Cells and Spinal Cord Injury (01:146:464 Topics in Cell Biology and Neuroscience  

          covid 19 picture146 464 Fall 2021 Course Syllabus 

Fall Section 2: Advances in Human Neuroscience (Fall Synopsis)

            Spring: Adv/Neural Plasticity & Regenerative Med (Spring Synopsis)

01:146:470

Advanced Cell Biology I (3) (Fall Synopsis)   

01:146:471

Advanced Cell Biology Laboratory (3) (Spring Synopsis)

01:146:472

Advanced Developmental Biology (3) (Spring Synopsis)

01:146:474

Immunology (3) (Fall Synopsis)  

01:146:475

Lab in Immunology  (1) (Spring Synopsis)

01:146:478

Molecular Biology (3) (Spring Synopsis)

01:146:480 

Advanced Cell Biology II (3) (01:146:480 Advanced Cell Biology II )

Genetics Courses (01:447 )

Course Number   Course Description
01:447:201, 202

Independent Study In Genetics (1 - 3, 1 - 3) (Fall Synopsis)

01:447:203

Honors Computational Genetics (3) (Spring Synopsis)

01:447:216

Analysis of Scientific Literature (3) (Spring Synopsis)

01:447:245

Introduction to Cancer (3) (Fall Synopsis / Spring Synopsis)

01:447:302

Quantitative Biology & Bioinformatics (3) (Spring Synopsis)

01:447:303

Computational Genetics for Big Data (3) (Fall and Spring Synopsis)

01:447:307, 308

Research In Genetics (BA,BA) (Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis)

01:447:315

Introduction to Research In Genetics (3) (Spring Synopsis)

01:447:352

Genome Evolution (3) (Fall Synopsis)

01:447:354

Social, Legal and Ethical Implications of the New Genetics (3) (Fall Synopsis)

01:447:356

Evolutionary Medicine (3) (Fall Synopsis )

01:447:370

Developmental Genetics (3) (Fall Synopsis l Spring Synopsis)

01:447:380

Genetics (4) : (Fall and Spring Synopsis (Sec.1- 15, Honors)Fall and Spring Synopsis (Sec.16-21))

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01:447:382

Genetics Laboratory (1) (Fall and Spring Synopsis

01:447:384

Genetic Analysis I (4) ( Fall Synopsis )

01:447:385

Genetic Analysis II (4) (Spring Synopsis)

01:447:390

General Microbiology (4) (Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis )

01:447:392

Pathogenic Microbiology (3) (Spring Synopsis)

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01:447:403, 404

Seminar In Genetics (1, 1) (Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis )

01:447:405

Honors Seminar In Genetics (1) (Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis)

01:447:406, 407

Research In Genetics (BA,BA)  (Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis)

01:447:408, 409

Honors In Genetics (3 - 6, 3 - 6) (Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis)

01:447:410

Research in Genetics Writing Intensive (Spring Synopsis)

01:447:414

Thesis Writing and Communication in Genetics  (Fall Synopsis)

01:447:415

Thesis Writing and Communication in Genetics   (Spring Synopsis)

01:447:430

Effective Communication Skills in Genetics (3) ( Fall and Spring Synopsis)

01:447:451

Genomes (3) (Fall Synopsis)

01:447:460

Genetics of Compulsive Behavior (3) ( Spring Synopsis)

covid 19 picture447:460 Spring 2021 Remote Course Syllabus 

covid 19 picture447:460 Spring 2021 Remote Course Guidance

01:447:470 

Evolutionary Developmental Biology (3) (Spring Synopsis)

covid 19 picture447:470 Spring 2021 Remote Course Guidance

covid 19 picture447:470 Spring 2021 Remote Course Syllabus 

01:447:465

Mutant Isolation and Analysis (3) (Fall Synopsis)

01:447:479

Special Topics In Genetics (3) (Spring Synopsis)

01:447:484

Behavioral and Neural Genetics (3) (Spring Synopsis)

covid 19 picture447:484 Spring 2021 Remote Course Guidance

01:447:486

Evolutionary Genetics (3) (Fall Synopsis)

01:447:488

Genetic Counseling Rotation (3) (Fall and Spring Synopsis)

01:447 489 - 490

Advanced Independent Study In Genetics (3) (Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis)

01:447:495

Cancer (3) (Fall Synopsis)

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Courses (01:694):

Course NumberCourse Description
01:694:214

Introduction to Research In Molecular Biology (3) (Spring Synopsis)

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01:694:215

Honors Introduction to Research In Molecular Biology (4) (Fall Synopsis)

01:694:230

Analytical Methods in Biology (3) (Fall and Spring Synopsis)

01:694:281, 282

Sophmore Laboratory Research (BA,BA) ( Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis )

01:694:301

Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (3) ( Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis)

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01:694:313

Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory (1) (Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis)

01:694:315

Introduction to Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Research (3) (Spring Synopsis)

01:694:316

Honors Introduction to Research In Molecular Biology (4)  ( Fall Synopsis)   

01:694:381, 382

Undergraduate Laboratory Research (BA,BA)  (Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis)

01:694:383

MBB Seminar, Careers in Science (1) (Fall Synopsis)

01:694:407 - 408

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (3, 3) ( Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis)

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01:694:411

Molecular Pathways and Signal Transduction (3) (Fall Synopsis)

01:694:412

Proteomics and Functional Genomics (3) (Spring Synopsis)

01;694:413

Chromatin and Epigenomics (3) (Fall synopsis

01:694:420

Special Topics in MBB:  (3) (Fall Synopsis)

01:694:421

Special Topics in MBB: Biology of Aging (3) (Spring Synopsis

01:694:421

Special Topics in MBB: Membrane Dynamics in Health and Disease (3) (Spring Synopsis

01:694:421

Special Topics in MBB: Sickle Cell Anemia (3) ( Spring Syllabus)

01:694:481, 482

Advanced Undergraduate Laboratory Research (BA,BA)  (Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis)

01:694:484

MBB Seminar, Research Presentations (1) (Spring Synopsis)

01:694:489, 490

Literature Research In Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (3, 3) (Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis)

01:694:492

Gene Regulation In Cancer and Development (3) (Spring Synopsis)

01:694:495, 496

Honors Laboratory Research (6, 6) ( Fall Synopsis | Spring Synopsis)

 Exercise Science Courses (01:377):

Course NumberCourse Description
01:377:213

Functional Human Anatomy (4) (no lab credit, credit not given for this and 01:377:424 or 11:067:391 or 377:223 or 224) -no longer offered with this course number effective Fall 2021- see below

01:377:223 Functional Human Anatomy (3)  (credit not given for this and 01:377:424 or 11:067:391 or 377:213)
01:377:224 Functional Human Anatomy Lab (1) (no lab credit, can count as lower level elective credit) 
01:377:370, 371 Exercise Physiology and Lab  (3, 1 credit lab)

 

The following courses are offered by departments outside of the Division of Life Sciences and are electives approved to count towards a major in the Biological Sciences.

 

Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources Courses (11:216)

(Link to departmental course descriptions. Important note: only the courses listed below count towards the major in Biological Sciences, while the provided link provides information on ALL courses offered by that department)

Course NumberCourse Name
11:216:240
Behavioral Biology (4) (No lab credit)
11:216:251
Fundamentals of Evolution (3)
11:216:269
Evolution of Animal Behavior (3)
11:216:302
Parasite Ecology (4) (includes lab)
11:216:317
Conservation Ecology (3)
11:216:323
Ornithology (4) (includes lab)
11:216:324
Invertebrate Zoology (4) (includes lab)
11:216:325
Vertebrate Zoology (4) (includes lab)
11:216:332
Plant Ecology (4) (includes lab)
11:216:335
Freshwater Ecology (4) (includes lab) (previously Limnology)
11:216:351
Principles of Ecology (3)
11:216:352
Principles of Ecology Lab (1,  Lab credit)

11:216:353

Experimental Evolution (4) (includes Lab)
11:216:360
Animal Physiological Ecology (3)
11:216:401
The Evolution of Eukaryotes (3)
11:216:405
Evolution of Infectious Diseases (3)

11:216:406

Pollination Ecology (4, Lab credit)
11:216:411
Plant Diversity and Evolution (3)
11:216:412
Plant Diversity and Evolution Lab (1, Lab credit)

 11:216:421

 Wetland Ecology (4, Lab)

11:216:422

Soil Organismal Diversity (3) ( Effective Sp 2020)
11:216:423
Fundamentals of Genomics (3)
11:216:428
Conversational Mathematical Modeling of Biological Systems (3)
11:216:441
Animal Behavior (3)
11:216:451
Global Change Ecology  (3)
11:216:454
Molecular Ecology (3)

11:216:464

Wildlife Conservation and Ecology (4) (Includes Lab)
11:216:469
Wildlife Diseases (3)
11:216:486
Principles of Evolution (3)

11:216:487

 Urban Ecology (3)
11:216:488
Restoration Ecology (4) (includes lab)

 

Animal Science Courses (11:067):

(Link to departmental course descriptions. Important note: only the courses listed below count towards the major in Biological Sciences, while the provided link provides information on ALL courses offered by that department)

Course NumberCourse Description
11:067:300 Integrative Physiology (4) (credit not given for this and 01:146:356 or 357) (includes Lab -effective Spring 2017)
11:067:300 Integrative Physiology (4) (credit not given for this and 01:146:356) (prior to Spring 2017)
11:067:301 Integrative Physiology Laboratory (1) (credit not given for this and 01:146:357) (no longer offered effective Spring 2017)
11:067:327 Animal Reproduction (3)
11:067:391 Comparative Mammalian Anatomy (3) (credit not give for this and 01:377:213 or 424)
11:067:404 Animal Disease (3) (credit not given for this and 01:146:328)
11:067:410 Neuroendocrinology (3)
11:067:430 Animal Microtechniques and Tissue Culture (4) (includes lab)
11:067:450 Endocrinology (4) (NO lab)
11:067:490 Pathophysiology (3)
11:067:491 Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology (3)

 

Biochemistry Courses (11:115):

(Link to departmental course descriptions. Important note: only the courses listed below count towards the major in Biological Sciences, while the provided link provides information on ALL courses offered by that department)

Course NumberCourse Description
11:115:301 Intro to Biochemistry (3) (credit not given for this and 694:301, 407, or 115:403)
11:115:313 Intro to Biochemistry Lab (1) (credit not given for this and 694:313)
11:115:403, 404

General Biochemistry (4,3)  (no lab credit, credit not given for this and 115:301, 694:301, 407 or 408)

11:115:412 Protein and Enzyme Chemistry (3)
11:115:413, 414 Experimental Biochemistry (3, 2.5) (includes lab)
11:115:422 Biochemical Mechanisms of Toxicology (3)
11:115:452 Biochemical Separations (3)

 

Biotechnology Courses (11:126):

(Link to departmental course descriptions. Important note: only the courses listed below count towards the major in Biological Sciences, while the provided link provides information on ALL courses offered by that department)

Course NumberCourse Description
11:126:383 Nucleotide Sequence Analysis (3)
11:126:394 Applied Microbiology  (4) (credit not given for this and 680:394) (includes lab)
11:126:405 Microbial Technology (3)
11:126:406 Plant Gene Transfer (2.5) (includes lab)
11:126:407 Comparative Virology (3)
11:126:413 Plant Molecular Biology (3)
11:126:420 Trends in Biotechnology (3)
11:126:427 Methods  and Applications in Molecular  Biology (4) (includes lab)
11:126:444 Advanced Technologies in Biosciences (3)
11:126:481 Molecular Genetics (3)
11:126:482 Molecular Genetics Lab (4)
11:126:486 Analytical Microbiology (3) (includes lab)

 

Criminal Justice Courses (01:202):

(Link to departmental course descriptions). Important note: only the courses listed below count towards the major in Biological Sciences, while the provided link provides information on ALL courses offered by that department)

Course NumberCourse Description
01:202:351 Forensic Science I (4) (does not fulfill a lab requirement)
01:202:352 Forensic Science II (4) (includes lab)

 

Entomology Courses (11:370):

(Link to departmental course descriptions. Important note: only the courses listed below count towards the major in Biological Sciences, while the provided link provides information on ALL courses offered by that department)

Course NumberCourse Description
11:370:380  Insect Biotechnology (3) 
11:370:381 Insect Biology (4) (includes lab)
11:370:406 Medical & Veterinary Entomology (3)
11:370:414 Forensic Entomology (3)                                                        

 

Environmental Science Courses (11:375):

(Link to departmental course descriptions. Important note: only the courses listed below count towards the major in Biological Sciences, while the provided link provides information on ALL courses offered by that department)

Course NumberCourse Description
11:375:312 Environmental Microbiology Lab (2)
11:375:411 Environmental Microbiology (3)
11:375:453 Soil Ecology (3)                                                                       

 

Marine and Coastal Science Courses (11:628): 

(Link to departmental course descriptions. Important note: only the courses listed below count towards the major in Biological Sciences, while the provided link provides information on ALL courses offered by that department)

Course NumberlCourse Description
11:628:321 Icthyology (4) (Includes Lab)
11:628:404 Fungi and Ecosystems (3)
11:628:462 Ocean Ecology (4)                                                                

 

Microbiology Courses (11:680):

(Link to departmental course descriptions. Important note: only the courses listed below count towards the major in Biological Sciences, while the provided link provides information on ALL courses offered by that department)

Course NumberCourse Description
11:680:390

General Microbiology (4) (includes lab) (credit not given for this and 01:447:390) (fulfills 447 subject area requirement)

11:680:480 Microbial Genetics and Genomics (3) (credit not given for this and 447:451)
11:680:491 Microbial Ecology and Diversity (3) (credit not given for this and 126:491 or 447:491)
11:680:492 Microbial Diversity Lab (2)
11:680:494 Applied Microbiology (4) (includes lab) (credit not given for this and 126:394 or 447:394)

 

Nutritional Science Courses (11:709):

(Link to departmental course descriptions. Important note: only the courses listed below count towards the major in Biological Sciences, while the provided link provides information on ALL courses offered by that department)

Course NumberCourse Description
11:709:400 Advanced Nutrition I: Regulation of Macronutrient Metabolism (3)
11:709:401 Advanced Nutrition II: Energy and Micronutrient Metabolism (3)

 

Plant Biology and Pathology Courses (11:776):

(Link to departmental course descriptions. Important note: only the courses listed below count towards the major in Biological Sciences, while the provided link provides information on ALL courses offered by that department)

Course NumberCourse Description
11:776:302, 311 General Plant Pathology and Lab (3,1) (formerly 770:301 and 311)
11:776:305 Plant Genetics (4) (credit not given for this and 447:380 or 067:328) (includes lab)
11:776:382 Plant Physiology (4) (includes lab)
11:776:405 Plant Biosecurity (3)
11:776:452 Plant Tissue Culture (3) (includes lab)