Course Descriptions


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

Two terms of junior and/or senior research in Cell Biology and Neuroscience (3 or more credits each semester) will be accepted in lieu of the 300-400 elective with laboratory requirement.


Fall: 406

Spring: 407


1-3 per semester

6 credits of 307/308/406/407 can be used to fulfil the CBN requirement of 1 elective and lab


- CBN GPA of 2.8 or better

-Permission of the Department and a Rutgers/RWJMS faculty willing to sponsor the student

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 to both the faculty research mentor and the Coordinator of Research on the last class day of each semester 

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 406/407 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 each semester.  The final grade in each course is determined by the sponsoring faculty member.

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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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