Course Descriptions



This course can satisfy the elective requirements of the Biological Sciences majors.

This course is not intended for CBN majors.


Fall, Spring




General Biology 119:115-116 or 119:101-102

Course Description

The aim of this course is to provide a solid background in cell biology and neuroscience. This course is not intended for CBN majors and is instead intended for students wishing to obtain a good understanding of the disciplines by covering selected areas. Lecture material will range from regulation of gene transcription to neural signaling and cognition. The ultimate goal is to give students the necessary background and understanding to be able to follow new scientific achievements in these fields.

Topics to be covered:

· Ion Channels and Transporters

· The Cytoskeleton

· Membrane Structure and Electrical Signaling

· Synaptic Transmission

· Anatomy of the Nervous System

· Sensory and Motor Systems

· Language

· Neurobiology of Sleep

· Memory Systems

· Alzheimer's Disease

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Course Satisfies Departmental Learning Goals

Learning Goals: Master factual and conceptual knowledge in cell biology and neuroscience that will provide a solid foundation for success in advanced training and professional careers. Develop an ability to summarize, integrate and organize information. 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. These goals are consistent with those set by the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, as well as, the Division of Life Sciences at Rutgers University.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

The final grade in this course will be based on 2 midterm exams, a final exam, and quizzes.

Course Materials

Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain, by Bear et al. 3rd edition ISBN: 978-0781760034

Molecular Biology of the Cell, by Alberts et al., 5th edition ISBN: 978-0815341055

Course Closed?

If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2022 Courses . If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Sciences - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Biological Laboratories B112, Busch Campus.


Dr. J. Schjott

** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.