Biological Sciences

The study of life at the cellular, organismal, and ecosystem level. Students can complete coursework from a range of specialized areas of biology including Genetics, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Cell Biology & Neuroscience, Ecology, and many more. Learn about the processes that underlie human health and disease and prepare for careers in the clinical professions, research, education and industry.

First Semester Planning

We recommend that students register for approximately 15 credits each semester and no more than 16 credits in their first semester. Your schedule should be well-balanced and include coursework from a variety of subjects. A diverse schedule will help you begin your studies in potential majors and minors; explore a breadth of new knowledge across departments at Rutgers to meet SAS Core Curriculum learning goals; and survey broader academic interests through elective courses as you work to attain the required 120 degree credits for graduation.

Your schedule will look something like this:  

College Writing or English course per placement results (3 credits)

Major Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Major or Minor Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

 Byrne or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1 credit) 

 Total Credits: 15-16


Additional information Beyond the Classroom

For your first semester, we want you to focus on selecting appropriate courses, begin to understand the expectations and rigor of college, and identify resources to help you succeed at Rutgers. But, we also know that it is important to provide information for future planning.

In addition to the information below, students interested in exploring possible career options may find this resource from the Office of Career Exploration and Success helpful - you'll find that a degree in this subject prepares you for a wide variety of career options!


At a Glance


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Programs Offered:
Major in Biological Sciences
Minor in Biological Sciences

Accelerated Programs:
BA/MD Programs:
RUTGERS–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Piscataway)
RUTGERS–New Jersey Medical School (Newark)

BA/DMD Program:
RUTGERS–School of Dental Medicine (Newark)

BA/MS Program (Physician Assistant):
RUTGERS–School of Health Professions (Piscataway)

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