About the Major

Declaration of the major and graduation requirements:
Students may declare the CBN major as soon as they satisfy all requirements, at the earliest after the Spring semester of the Sophomore year, or up to the Fall semester of the Senior year.  To declare the major in CBN, students must:

  1. Have completed both introductory CBN core courses (Fundamentals of Neurobiology and Fundamentals of Cell and Developmental Biology) with grades of C or better.
  2. It is strongly recommended that students also complete at least 1 semester of Organic Chemistry with a grade of C or better prior to declaring the major.
  3. Declare major in CBN at SAS MyMajor. Students will be notified when the application is processed.

In order to graduate with a CBN major, students must complete all the courses required for the major with grades of C or better. CoursesĀ­ can only be repeated once to replace D/F grades.  

  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.  

Courses required for the CBN Major:

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

Life Sciences Core Courses 

Course Number  

Course Title

Credits

Suggested Year

01:119:115 and
01:119:116      

General Biology and General Biology II

(4+)

 1st
01:119:117 Biological Research Lab 2 1st
160:161-162
         or
160:163-164
General Chemistry
01:160:161-162 can be substituted with 01:160:163-164 (Honors Gen Chem) or 01:160:165-166 (Ext Gen Chem)
Honors General Chemistry
(4,4)

(4,4)

 
160:171 Introduction to Experimentation 1  1st
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

Suggested Year 

CBN INTRODUCTORY COURSES

01:146:245

01:146:270

 

 

Fundamentals of Neurobiology Fall, Spring

Fundamentals of Cell and Developmental Biology Fall, Spring

 

 

3

3+

 

 

2nd/3rd

2nd/3rd

CBN UPPER LEVEL COURSES

Choose 2 of the following courses: **


01:146:322

01:146:445

01:146:447

01:146:470

01:146:472

01:146:474

 

 

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

 

 

3rd/4th

3rd/4th

3rd/4th

3rd/4th

3rd/4th

3rd/4th

 

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)