About the Major

Declaration of Major:
Students may declare major in CBN up to the Fall semester of their Senior year.  To declare major in CBN, students must:

  1. Complete both Fundamentals of Neurobiology and Fundamentals of Cell and Developmental Biology with a grade of C or better. In addition, a grade of C or better in all classes applying toward the CBN major is required at the time of major declaration.
  2. Declare major in CBN at SAS MyMajor. You will be notified of your major approval by a CBN advisor.

CBN major graduation requirement:
In order to graduate with a CBN major, students must

  1. Complete all the courses required for the major with a grade of C or better. 
  2. Ensure that each course required for the major, if necessary, is repeated only once to replace the D/F grades.  

CBN Major Components:

  1. Life Sciences Core Courses
  2. CBN Core Courses
  3. CBN Track Options

Life Sciences Core Courses 

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

119:115-116 and
119:117     

General Biology, General Biology Lab

(4,4,2)

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

Honors General Chemistry
(4,4)

(4,4)

160:171

Introduction to Experimentation

1

160:307-308
         or
160:315-316

Organic Chemistry

Honors Organic Chemistry

(4,4)

(4,4)

160:309
        or
160:311
   

Organic Chemistry Laboratory 

Organic Chemistry Laboratory


2.5

2

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

 

CBN Core Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

146:245

146:270

Fundamentals of Neurobiology Fall, Spring

Fundamentals of Cell and Developmental Biology Fall, Spring

3

3

Choose 2 of the following courses: **


146:322

146:445

146:447

146:470

146:472

146:474

 

Human Histology (includes lab) Spring 

Advanced Neurobiology I Fall

Advanced Neurobiology II Spring 

Advanced Cell Biology Fall, Spring

Advanced Developmental Spring

Immunology Fall

 

4

3

3

3

3

3

 

CBN Track Options:

In addition to completion of the Life Sciences core courses and the CBN core courses, select one of the following tracks:

Option A (General Track)

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)

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

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 and Spring

(3,3)

 
*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.

**The CBN Advanced course can only count as an elective after the advanced course requirement is fulfilled. Each advanced course cannot be used to complete the advanced course and the elective requirement at the same time.

***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 Cell Biology Lab).

****With the approval of a CBN Advisor, two semesters 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. 


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

Major Worksheet (PDF)