Course Descriptions


This course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements within the cell biology and neuroscience major.

These two courses are required of students in the Honors Research Track of the Cell Biology and Neuroscience Major (Track B) to fulfill the CBN Honors thesis requirement


Fall: 408

Spring: 409


3-6 per semester


Open only to students majoring in Cell Biology and Neuroscience who have CBN GPA of 3.4 or above at the end of their junior year

Course Description

These two courses are intended for students wishing to pursue some aspect of research within the disciplines of cell biology and neuroscience.

To receive CBN research credits, students must

  1. Engage in “wet lab” or molecular modeling research approved by the CBN department. Hospital volunteering studies and clinical internships are not accepted. Students cannot receive both ARESTY and CBN research credits for the same research
  2. Carry out 4-5 hours of research/week for each research credit. For example:

1 credit = 4-5 hours research/week
2 credits = 8-10 hours research/week
3 credits = 12-15 hours research/week

  1. Submit a 10-page written progress report on the last class day of the Fall semester and Honors thesis in March of the Spring semester

Course Syllabus 

Spring 2023 Syllabus

Course Satisfies Learning Goals

  1. Master factual and conceptual knowledge in cell biology and neuroscience that will provide a solid foundation for success in advanced training and professional careers
  2. Develop an ability to summarize, integrate and organize information
  3. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate the potential for current research and new discoveries to improve our understanding of cell biology and neuroscience and its relevance to human health and to our society

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Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

-Each student registered in 408/409 is required to submit a 10-page report of his or her work to the research mentor and the Coordinator of Research on the last class day of the Fall semester. A 30-page Honors thesis is due in March of the Spring semester.

-Each student is required to submit a written thesis, defend his/her thesis in front of three Rutgers/RWJMS faculty and present a poster at Honors poster colloquium to complete CBN Honors thesis requirement.

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Course Closed?

The deadline for registering for these two courses is the end of first month of each semester. Registration procedures for these two courses can be found at


Professor Shu C. Hsu

Coordinator of Research, D419 Nelson

Busch Campus

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