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Rutgers and NJIT offer a wide variety of degree options centered around the biological sciences.
The Biology major introduces students to the fundamental concepts, principles, and procedures characteristic of several major conceptual approaches to organisms. The major provides a solid foundation in biology and also permits students to specialize in any of the major branches of biology.
The Biology major is useful for students whose career plans lie in such fields as: pure or applied biology; agriculture; biochemistry; biotechnology; botany; conservation, environmental quality, and natural resources; dentistry; ecology; food science and nutrition; forestry; genetics; horticulture; human medicine; limnology, marine biology and biological oceanography; microbiology; natural history and nature study; pharmacy; plant pathology; public health; teaching of biology; toxicology; veterinary medicine; wildlife management; and zoology.
Both Rutgers and NJIT offer combinations of Biology with other majors, and with medical professional training. Click on the titles below to lean more about these options.
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT BA AND BS PROGRAMS
PLEASE READ VERY CAREFULLY
A. Students matriculated in the Newark Colleges of Arts and Sciences have the opportunity to declare as their first major a course of study that leads to either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. The Biology major is offered jointly by Rutgers-Newark and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
B. If Biology is your second major, your course of study in Biology must match the degree program that corresponds to your first major. For example, if your first major leads to a BS degree in RBS or CLS, then you must complete the BS requirements for a second major in Biology. If your first major leads to a BA degree (for example, Chemistry at RU), then follow the BA in Biology curriculum.
C. Transfer students who have received transfer credit for General Biology I and II or Rutgers students who have passed General Biology I and II with a grade of B or better can receive a waiver for Concepts. This waiver allows you to bypass Concepts and take higher level Biology classes, but does not give you credit toward the Biology major or minor. The General Biology credits are counted toward general education credits for graduation.
The Rutgers declaration process
In the sophomore year, each student wishing to be a biology major should complete a "Declaration of Major" form in the biology department office. A member of the biological sciences faculty will be assigned at that time to serve as a permanent academic counselor; consultation should occur with this person on a regular basis. Additional information on biology majors is available here and in the departmental office.
Rutgers students considering admission to medical, dental, or veterinary schools should contact the office of Pre-professional Services, located in Hill Hall room 312.
The NJIT declaration process
A certificate program in biotechnology is offered in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry.
BA with major in Biological Sciences (Rutgers or NJIT)
BS with major in Biological Sciences (Rutgers or NJIT)
Double Major in Biological Sciences and Mathematics (NJIT)
Double Major in Biological Sciences and Chemistry (NJIT)
Double Major in Biological Sciences and STS (Science, Technology and Society) (NJIT)
Joint BS Degree programs with the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions
These highly competitive programs are administered through Rutgers. Information about the range of prehealth programs is available here.
Accelerated Honors Programs
Seven-Year Accelerated Honors Program for Medicine (NJIT and NJMS)
Seven-Year Accelerated Honors Program for Medicine (NJIT, St. George's University, Grenada, and St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark).
Seven-Year Accelerated Honors Program for Dentistry (NJIT and RSDM)
Seven-Year Accelerated Honors Program for Dentistry (NJIT and NYU)
Seven-Year Accelerated Honors Program for Optometry (NJIT and SUNY College of Optometry, NYC)
Seven-Year Accelerated Honors Program for Physical Therapy (NJIT and SHRP)