About the Major

Entry and Graduation Requirements:

The major in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience is open to students after their first year who have completed Fundamental of Neurobiology (01:146:245) and Fundamentals of Cell and Developmental Biology (01:146:270), with a grade of C or better in each course. A grade of C or better in all courses credited toward the major is required for graduation, and each course may be repeated only once to replace D/F grades.

Declaration of Major:

Undergraduate students who wish to declare a major in Cell Biology and Neuroscience must obtain departmental approval via the SAS MyMajor web site. As described in the previous paragraph, approval by the department requires prior completion of two courses, Fundamentals of Neurobiology, and Fundamentals of Cell & Developmental Biology with a grade of C or better in both courses.

Major Options:

The Cell Biology and Neuroscience curriculum offers two Major options:

Option A is designed for students who, upon graduation, seek immediate employment or plan to attend professional schools in health-related fields.

Option B is for students who, upon graduation, plan to attend graduate school in cell biology or neuroscience or professional schools in health-related fields. A student must qualify for admission into the honors research track. See departmental honors program for student qualifications. 

Students in both tracks must complete the core courses in addition to courses that are required for each track.

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

Core Courses (59 credits)

119:101-102
         or
119:115-116 and
119:117     

General Biology

(4,4)

(4,4)
2

160:161-162
         or
160:165-166
        or
160:163-164
General Chemistry

Honors Chemistry Solid (GEMS)

Honors General Chemistry
(4,4)

(4,4)

160:171

Introduction to Experimentation

1

160:307-308
         or
160:315-316

Organic Chemistry

Principles of Organic Chemistry

(4,4)

(4,4)

160:311
        or
160:309
        or
160:313/314


Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Organic Chemistry Laboratory


2

2.5

(1,1)

750:203-204 and
750:205-206
           or
750:193-194
           or
750:201-202

General Physics
General Physics Laboratory

Physics for the Sciences
 
Extended General Physics

(3,3)
(1,1)

(4,4)
 
(5,5)

640:135 and
640:138
         or
640:135-136
         or
640:151-152
         or
640:135 and
960:401**        
         or
640:135 and
960:379

Calculus I
Calculus II for the Biol. Sci.

Calculus I / II

Calculus for Math. and Phys. Sci.

Calculus I
Basic Statistics for Research

Calculus I
Basic Probability Theory

4
4

(4, 4)

(4,4)

4
3

4
3

447:380

Genetics

4

694:301
       or
694:407
       or
11:115:301

Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Introduction to Biochemistry

3

3

3

694:408
         or
146:478
         or
11:126:481
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Molecular Biology Spring

Molecular Genetics
3

3

3
146:245

Fundamentals of Neurobiology Fall, Spring

3

146:270

Fundamentals of Cell and Developmental Biology Fall, Spring

3

Option A (General Track; 12-13 credits)

Choose 2 of the following courses:

146:445

146:447

146:470

146:472

 

Advanced Neurobiology I Fall

Advanced Neurobiology II Spring 

Advanced Cell Biolog Fall

Advanced Developmental Spring

 

4

3

3

3

Two 300-400 level life science electives equaling 6 or more credits, 1 elective must have an associated lab or is a lab course*
       or
One 300-400 level life science elective and
two semesters of independent research in the same lab*

See Approved Electives for the list of approved electives.

Total 6 or more


3
(3,3)

Option B (Honors Research Track; 18-19 credits)

Choose 2 of the following courses:

146:445

146:447

146:470

146:472

 

Advanced Neurobiology I Fall

Advanced Neurobiology I Spring 

Advanced Cell Biolog Fall

Advanced Developmental Spring

 

4

3

3

3

1 elective at the 300-400 levels in the life sciences area, equaling 3 or more credits.

See Approved Electives for the list of approved electives

3

146:405

Honors Seminar (to be taken in the Senior Spring semester)

3

146:408-409

Honors Research Fall Spring

(3,3)

 
*One course must have an included (e.g. Animal Histology) or an associated (e.g. Systems Physiology and Systems Physiology Lab) laboratory component, or be a 3-credit stand-alone laboratory course (e.g. Advanced Call Biology Lab). With the approval of a CBN Advisor, two semester of "Research in Cell Biology and Neuroscience," carried out under the direction of the same faculty member, may be used as one of the electives and fulfill the lab requirement. These electives must be selected in consultation with a faculty adviser.

**Students with AP Statistics equivalent of 960:211, transfer credit for 960:211 or who have taken 960:211 at Rutgers must take 960:212

For CBN Major residency rules, please check the Residency Requirements.

Major Worksheet (PDF)