Office of Undergraduate Instruction

This course is intended for non-science majors.

This course CANNOT be used to fulfill the requirements of the Biological Sciences major.


Offered

Spring, Summer


Credits

3

Prerequisites

None


Course Description

This online class introduces the student to Human Genetics, from the micro level to the macro level. We will begin by covering some of the foundational molecular biology, such as the structure of DNA and the means by which your genes influence your development and health. We will also discuss genetics at the family level, and study the patterns of disease inheritance we see in families that have a disease-causing mutation running through them. We will then discuss a number of topics related to how we use our knowledge of genetics to tailor medical treatments to specific patient's needs, use stem cell therapies for specific diseases, and help infertile couples have children. All the cellular, molecular, and biotechnological materials is presented in a manner that assumes the student has no background in biology.

Course URL                                                                                                                                      

A Sakai site will be available at the beginning of the semester

Course Satisfies SAS Core Learning Goals

  • 21st Century (21C): Analyze the relationship that science and technology have to a contemporary social issue.
  • Natural Science (NS): Understand and apply basic principles and concepts in the physical or biological sciences.
  • Natural Science (NS): Identify and critically assess ethical and societal issues in science.

Course Satisfies Learning Goals

  • To understand and develop an appreciation for research as the basis of scientific study
  • To understand and to appreciate the process of science
  • To acquire the ability to use scientific reasoning
  • To understand biology as a framework of related concepts

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Grades will be derived from a combination of three exams and regular homework assignments.

Course Materials

No Required Textbook

Course Closed?

If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2018 Courses . If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Sciences -Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at  Nelson Biological Laboratories  B112, Busch Campus.


Faculty
Dr. R. Michaelis


** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.

Independent Study in Biology 01:119:201, 202

Research in Biology 119:307, 308, 406, 407

Honors in Biology 01:119:408, 409


These courses are open to Biological Sciences majors and minors who want to extend their learning experience by completing an in-depth library research project (119:201, 202) or participating in a scientific research project (all others).  Research experience is recommended for all students intending to pursue post-graduate studies.

 Upon approval, up to 6 credits of these courses may be used towards fulfillment of the Biological Sciences elective requirement.

119:307 or higher may be used towards fulfilling one of the Biological Sciences laboratory requirements (three labs total are required for the major). 


 Offered

Fall, Spring, and Summer

Credits

1- 6 by permission of the Office of Undergraduate Instruction (4-5 hours of work per week, per credit).

Prerequisites

Open only to Biological Sciences majors and minors. Minimum GPA = 2.8 required.

In order to register for research in Biological Sciences, students must submit 1) a one page research proposal and 2) a research application signed by the student's P.I. The proposal must include: necessary background material, a specific hypothesis to be tested, a description of the data that the student will collect, expected results, and a "plan b" for what will happen if the intended research project cannot be completed. Here is the research application.

Honors in Biology is open only to Seniors majoring in biological sciences with a major GPA of 3.4 or higher and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Registration for Honors in Biology qualifies a student for graduation with departmental honors. Please note that Departmental Honors is a separate distinction from SAS or SEBS school honors programs.

Course Description

(119:201/202) is intended to augment the curriculum by giving students an opportunity to expand their studies into areas not specifically addressed by the formal course offerings. Students work under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor to delve into a subject of mutual interest.

(119:307/308/406/407) is intended to provide students with an opportunity to experience the scientific discovery process. Students engage in laboratory and/or field experimentation under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor. Each student is expected to carry out his/her own research project. "Hands-on" laboratory exposure is an essential component of this course.

(119:408/409) is intended to provide highly motivated students with an opportunity to immerse themselves in a scientific research project. Students engage in laboratory and/or field experimentation under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor. Each student is expected to complete his/her own original research project. "Hands-on" laboratory exposure is an essential component of this course. Honors in Biology projects are expected to be more sophisticated than Research in Biology projects and must be accompanied by an Honors Thesis.

Course URL

http://biology.rutgers.edu/biological-sciences/research

 

Course satisfies Departmental Learning Goals

119:201,202: To understand and to appreciate the process of science. To acquire the ability to use scientific reasoning as embodied by the structured process commonly known as the scientific method.

119:307,308: To understand and develop an appreciation for research as the basis of scientific study. To understand and to appreciate the process of science. To acquire the ability to use scientific reasoning as embodied by the structured process commonly known as the scientific method. To understand biology as a framework of related concepts. Student should appreciate not only the connections within biology but also the connections between biology and other scientific disciplines.

119:406, 407: To understand and develop an appreciation for research as the basis of scientific study. To understand and to appreciate the process of science. To acquire the ability to use scientific reasoning as embodied by the structured process commonly known as the scientific method. To understand biology as a framework of related concepts. Student should appreciate not only the connections within biology but also the connections between biology and other scientific disciplines.

119:408, 409: To understand and develop an appreciation for research as the basis of scientific study. To understand and to appreciate the process of science. To acquire the ability to use scientific reasoning as embodied by the structured process commonly known as the scientific method. To understand biology as a framework of related concepts. Student should appreciate not only the connections within biology but also the connections between biology and other scientific disciplines. To develop academic skills that will provide a foundation for success in advanced courses, gate-keeper standardized tests, graduate or professional school, and life-long learning. To acquire the appropriate factual and conceptual knowledge that provides student with a foundation on which they can further their immediate education and to manage a career.

 

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Independent Study in Biology: A term paper in appropriate scientific format, including a full bibliography (citing peer-reviewed primary and secondary sources) is due at the end of the registration period. The term paper should be at least 10 pages per registered credit and must be graded by the faculty advisor prior to submission to OUGI.

Research in Biology: A written research paper in the format of paper submitted to a leading journal in the field is required at the end of each registration period. The research paper should include an Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results (data should be presented in figure and/or tabular form), Discussion and References. A minimum of 10 pages is required. The research summary must be graded by the faculty mentor prior to submission to OUGI.

Honors in Biology: Students must complete a minimum of 6 credits to qualify for Departmental Honors. Students must submit a progress report at the end of the first semester and a written thesis accompanied by an oral presentation and thesis-defense at the end of the second semester. The thesis committee must be composed of at least three faculty members, including the research advisor and at least one member of the SAS Division of Life Sciences faculty.

 

Course Materials

Independent Study Contract  /  Research in Biology Contract / Honors in Biology Contract

Research Paper Guidelines

Faculty

Course Coordinator:

Dr. Anne Carr-Schmid
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** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.

 

 

This course may NOT be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Biological Sciences major.

Offered

Spring

Credits

3

Prerequisites

None

Course Description

Anatomical and physiological bases of human sexuality; biological and cultural aspects of sexual differentiation and psychosexual development, contraception, venereal disease, and sexual lifestyles.

  Topics include:

  Biological background

  Spermatogenesis

  Oogenesis

  Menstrual cycle

  Conception

  Pregnancy

  Male development

  Female development

  Sexual response

  Fertility management

  Sexually transmitted Disease

  HIV and AIDS

  Sexual dysfunction

  Studying sexual behavior

  Sexuality

  Social Issues

Course Syllabi

Course Syllabus Spring 2017

Course URL

http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~uzwiak/

Course Satisfies SAS Core Curriculum Learning Goals

 1.Natural Sciences (NS): Understand and apply basic principles and concepts in the physical or biological sciences.

2. Natural Sciences (NS): Explain and be able to assess the relationship among assumptions, method, evidence, arguments, and theory in scientific analysis.

Course Satisfies Learning Goals

1. To develop academic skills that will provide a foundation for success in advanced courses, gate-keeper standardized tests, graduate or professional school, and life-long learning.

2. To acquire the appropriate factual and conceptual knowledge that provides student with a foundation on which they can further their immediate education and to manage a career.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Your final grade will reflect collective performance during the entire semester. There are a total of 400 points (see below for breakdown). Hourly exams will comprise 50% of the final grade. There will be three hourly exams with the lowest score dropped. The final exam will be cumulative and comprise the remaining 50% of the final grade. The hourly and final exams will be comprised of multiple choice questions.

                                   Points

Hourly Exams (2/3)        200

Final Exam                   200

Total for Course             400

Extra Credit:  None

Scaling:  Grades are scaled based on the relative performance of students to each other.

Course Materials

Text:  Human Reproductive Biology

Course Closed?

If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the wait list:Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2018 Courses . If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Sciences - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Biological Laboratories B112, Busch Campus.

Faculty

Course Coordinator:
Dr. Anthony Uzwiak
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** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.

 

This course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Biological Sciences major.

This course is designed for Honors Students with an interest in the subject. For students who are not in the SAS Honors program, please contact the Division of Life Sciences - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Offered

Spring

Credits

3

Prerequisites

01:119:115-116

Course Description

This course will focus on the cardiovascular function and its response to stress, exercise and gender. Initially we will discuss the body's ability to adjust and adapt to internal and external environmental challenges. We will examine when the body was first analyzed as a whole system; a system that interacts and maintains its functional integrity even when it is submitted to disturbances. We will consider the body view of the early 1900's as well our present day understanding and the remarkable contributions of eminent scientists. The cardiovascular system plays an important role in providing oxygen and nutrients for the human body (and mammals in general). Under physiological conditions, the heart beats without fatiguing throughout life. When there is a need, the heart speeds up accordingly to keep up with oxygen and nutrients body demands. However, during calm conditions the heart slows down to economize energy. Intricate physiological mechanisms underlie these conditions. We will consider the gender differences in the cardiovascular responses to exercise and stress.  Physical and mental stressors induce both short- term adjustments and long- term body adaptations.  The interrelation between exercising, relaxation and cardiovascular health will be examined. Finally, significant findings on the mindfulness meditation and its effects on the cardiovascular health and stress will be reviewed.

Course URL

On Sakai Rutgers portal and it will be available on the first day of classes.

https://sakai.rutgers.edu/portal

 Course Satisfies Learning Goals

The goal of this course is to develop the student's knowledge and understanding of how the heart and vasculature respond to stress and exercise. The students should understand the body as a whole integrative system. Students should be able to identify the physiological mechanisms of heart adjust (short-term) and adaptation (long-term). It is expected that the students understand the unique role of heart and vasculature in maintaining homeostasis under an increase environmental demand and/ or internal body inputs. It is expected that they will recognize and will acquire some understanding about the heart view in the past and now days. Recognize the gender differences in the cardiovascular physiology, exercise and stress responses. Students should comprehend the scientific basis of interventions (exercise, physical training, meditation) to improve cardiovascular health and stress reduction.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Course grade will be based on classroom participation (20%), reading assignments 30%; oral presentation of student’s project (20%), followed by a hand-written version of the presentation (20-25 pages; 30%). Total 100%.

Course Materials

Lovallo, W.R. Stress and Health: Biological and Psychological Interactions, 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA:

Sage Publications: 2016. 329 p.  ISBN:978-1-4833-4744-8.

Articles, book chapters, and videos will be announced in class.

Course Closed?

If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2018 Courses . If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Sciences - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Biological Laboratories B112, Busch Campus.

Faculty

Dr. Roseli Golfetti
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This course is intended for non-science majors.

This course can be used to meet the new SAS Core Curriculum goal in Natural Sciences

This course CANNOT be used to fulfill the requirements of the Biological Sciences major or the Cell Biology & Neurosciences major.

This course is not offered Spring 2017

Offered

Spring

Credits

3

Prerequisites

None

Course Description

The effects of drugs on the human body from a biological perspective.

Topics include:

1. Drug use in society

2. How drugs work

3. Effects of specific drugs including:

        -Stimulants

        -Depressants

        -Medications for psychiatric disorders

        -Alcohol

       -Tobacco

       -Caffeine

       -Opiods

       -Hallucinogens

       -Marijuana

                    

Course URL

Sakai

Course Satisfies SAS Core Curriculum Learning Goals

1. Natural Sciences (NS): Understand and apply basic principles and concepts in the physical or biological sciences.

2. Natural Sciences(NS): Identify and critically assess ethical and societal issues in science.

Course Satisfies Learning Goals

1. Students are expected to develop academic skills that will provide a foundation for life-long learning.  

2. To understand and to appreciate the process of science. To acquire the ability to use scientific reasoning as embodied by the structured process commonly known as the scientific method.

3. Students are expected to learn basic terms, concepts and theories in pharmacology.

4. Students are expected to apply those terms, theories and concepts of social, ethical and legal issues of human use of prescribed drugs and drugs used for recreational purposes.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Weekly quizzes and three multiple choice exams

Course Materials

Required Text:

Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior (15th edition), Hart & Ksir,  2013   ISBN-0073529745

Course Closed?

 If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Sciences -Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Biological Laboratories B112, Busch Campus.

Faculty

Dr. Sidney B. Auerbach
Phone: (732) 445-3441
 


** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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