Office of Undergraduate Instruction

Biological Research Laboratory 01:119:117 (BRL117) is the laboratory component of the first year life science course required of all Life Science majors. It is appropriate for students who plan on attending a graduate or professional school in the life or health sciences. 

This is a CORE course required of all life science majors.

Offered

Fall, Spring, Summer

Credits

2

Prerequisites

The first semester of General Biology, 119:115 or 119:101, is a required prerequisite for the lab. It is highly recommended to be co-registered with General Biology, 119:116 while taking BRL117. Students may take the lab after completing the two General Biology courses (119:115 and 119:116).

Course Description

In Biological Research Laboratory, students conduct research in two conceptual area, aquatic ecology and DNA seq.   Students design and conduct a novel research project in aquatic ecology. Students also isolate and sequence DNA from an organism they collect on a field trip to a local water body. The two research projects are linked ultimately via phylogenetics.  Through these projects, students are exposed to the process of science and tools and techniques used in science.

Course URL

A Sakai site will be available to students.

Course Satisfies Departmental Learning Goals

I. To acquire the appropriate factual and conceptual knowledge that provides students with a foundation to further their education and career in the areas of life science or health science.  Students will be able to demonstrate basic knowledge (ex. identify, define, explain...) of the concepts, practices and principles that comprise the biological sciences.

II. To develop data analysis and statistical reasoning skills that prepares students for a society increasing reliant on the use of data and information. Students will be able to interpret/evaluate patterns in data presented in tables, figures, and graphs as well as be able to organize, summarize and present data.

III. To develop the ability to use scientific reasoning as embodied by the structured process commonly known as the scientific method to empower students with the ability to generate and refine knowledge. Students will be able to evaluate and apply the practice of science.

IV. To develop critical thinking and problems solving skills appropriate to prepare students to evaluate, synthesize and generate knowledge that provides them with a competitive advantage to adapt to an evolving, global, and knowledge based society.  Students will be able to demonstrate application of higher order thinking (ex. classify, diagnosis, evaluate, synthesize, hypothesize...).  Students will develop an understanding of not only the connections within biology but also the connections between biology and other scientific disciplines.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

               Midterm Exam                      15 %
               Final Exam                           15%
               Assignments                         25%
               Capstone Project                   30%
                Lab Work                             10%
                Deportment                           5%
                Total                                   100%

 The Capstone Project is a multi-week research project that will be completed in groups and will include a written report and a group presentation. The project requires students to  develop and test a hypothesis and report on the findings. More information will be provided during the semester.

Course Materials

1. Textbook: Campbell Biology, 10th Ed, 2014  Reece et al. Benjamin Cummings, 1488 pp. ISBN-13: 9780321775658).

2.  A Short Guide to Writing about Biology, 9th Ed, 2015.  Pechenik, J.  Pearson.  Bound or binder version.

3.  The laboratory manual will be provided to students.

4.  Clicker for lecture:  Turning Technology ResponseCard NXT clickers (recommended version).

Course closed?

No special permission numbers or wait lists are available for Biological Research Laboratory. If the course is closed, please continue to look for openings up through the end of the add drop period in the beginning of the semester. The lab may be taken after General Biology 116. Wait list offered during summer session.

Faculty

Dr. Monica Torres

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This course is intended for non-science majors. It can be used to meet the new SAS Core Curriculum goals in 21st Century Challenges [21C] and Natural Sciences [NS].

This course CANNOT be used to fulfill the requirements of the Biological Sciences major or the Genetics major. Offered: Fall

Credits :4

Prerequisites: none

Course Description

Why do humans get sick? Why are diabetes and obesity on the rise? Why have cancer and cardiovascular diseases become so prevalent? Is there a mismatch between the environments in which we evolved and environments in which we now live? Why did cholera, measles, mumps, whooping cough, and malaria become epidemic diseases? Why has evolution failed to make us immune to disease? Based in cutting-edge genetic and evolutionary biology research conducted at Rutgers, “Genetics, Evolution, and Human Health” explores what science can tell us about what it means to be human and why humans get sick. How can genetics be used and misused? What social, political, environmental, and medical changes would be required to improve human health in the 21st century?

Topics include:

Human evolution and migration, adaption to changing environments, why evolution  made us vulnerable to diseases such as diabetes, and cancer, coevolution with other plants and animals. misuse of genetics (eugenics
Course URL

Sakai

Description here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvbAc1_M0xQ

Course Learning Goals

At the end of this course students will be able to discuss (with evidence) the following topics. In addition they will be able to discuss how science can be used to help deal with social issues.

1.         What does it mean to be human from  Genetic and Evolutionary Biology points of view.  This will include the evidence that all extant humans are members of a single species (Homo sapiens ) sharing common traits.

2.         That the environment in which we live is not the environment in which we evolved.  That is means that there is an environmental  mismatch, That is, our bodies were shaped for environments far different from those we live in, and this mismatch gives rise to much disease.

3.         That any individual will be more or less vulnerable to diseasesGenetics and Evolution can provide clues as to why disease happens.

4.         That human evolution is due to a great part to technological intervention.  Technological intervention can be both positive and negative. The masteries of fire and cooking were conditions that changed future evolution. (Smaller guts, larger brains smaller jaws and reduced tooth size). The invention of agriculture allowed population growth but also allowed many diseases (cholera, measles, mumps, whooping coughs, malaria) to become epidemic.

5.         That humans coevolved with many other organisms and in certain environments.   We have 300 to 1000 species of bacteria in our intestines a that are vital to our health.  We ingest or smell plants that provide important component including regulating our moods.  John Donne’s quote “No man is an island, entire of itself”should be more widely cast as no Species is an Island entire of itself.  Leaving our partners behind as we move to urbanized environments can be detrimental to our health.

6.         That genetic and evolutionary advances, like any scientific advance,  can be positive or negative. For example, Misunderstanding of the nature of genetic differences contributed to the eugenics movements that occurred throughout the 2oth century (and have never really gone away) .

SAS Learning Goals

21st Century Challenges [21C] and Natural Sciences [NS].

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Weekly quizzes & reflective writing, recitations including written assignments, course project, final exam.

Course Materials

Required Texts:

Spencer Wells. The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey  ISBN: 0-8129-7145-9 (Paperback)

Rob Dunn.    The Wild Life of our BodiesISBN: 978-0-06-180648-3

Course Closed?

If the course is closed there are no special permission numbers.  The stop point is the right at the number of seats in the room.

Faculty

Dr. Terry McGuire

Nelson Biol Labs B420

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

This course is intended for non-science majors.

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

Offered

Fall

Credits

3

Prerequisites

None

Course Description

Discussion of current topics and issues in human health and medicine from a biological perspective.

Topics include:

  • Euthanasia & Abortion
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Legalized Drug Use
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Cloning
  • Sexual Dimorphism
  • The Bell Curve
  • Animal Experimentation
  • Universal Health Coverage
  • Medical/Biological Privacy
  • Intellectual Property

 

Course URL

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

 

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

The final grade is comprised of lecture and group projects and will reflect collective performance during the entire semester. There will be three multiple-choice exams. In addition, each student will write two argument papers. 

There are a total of 400 points: 

Hourly Exams: 100 points each = 300 

Group Argument Papers: 100

Course Materials

Selected lecture material will be made available on the website.

Course Closed?

If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the appropriate wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Fall 2017 Courses . If you have any questions, please  contact the Division of Life Sciences Office of Undergraduate Instruction located in Nelson Biological Laboratories Room B112, Busch Campus (848-445-2075).

Faculty

Course Coordinator:
Dr. Anthony Uzwiak
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** 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. The research application can be downloaded here: http://biology.rutgers.edu/research.aspx

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

Independent Study in Biology(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.

Research in Biology (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.

Honors in Biology (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.

Learning Goals

3. To understand and develop an appreciation for research as the basis of scientific study.

4. 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.

Course Materials

Application for research.

Guidelines for research

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 is intended for non-majors and is open to all.   It cannot be used in lieu of either 119:115 or 119:116 if a student switches to a major requiring them. Credit not given for this course if student has already completed 01:119:101 or 01:119:115. This course is certified as an SAS or SEBS core Natural Science course.

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

Offered

Fall

Credits

4 (including laboratory)

Prerequisites

None

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce the biological world. It is intended that students completing this course will have knowledge of the biological world and the ability to understand material written for a non-scientific audience in any area of biology. It includes a laboratory, many of which are outside, to expose students to biology in a hands-on manner.
Topics include:

Evolution - natural selection & human evolution
Ecology - population & community ecology, animal diversity
Plant biology - structure/reproduction & photosynthesis
Genetics - meiosis/mitosis and development
Cell & Molecular biology
Human Physiology - nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular & digestion systems

Course URL

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

Course Satisfies Learning Goals

1. 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.

2.  To be conversant in general biological, ecological, evolutionary biology and human physiological concepts that will allow students to read newspapers and participate in informed discussions

SAS Area of Inquiry

Natural Science

e. Understand and apply basic principles and concepts in the physical or biological sciences.

f. Explain and be able to assess the relationship among assumptions, method, evidence, arguments, and theory in scientific analysis.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Three hourly exams     (128 points each)
In-lecture Quizzes        (100 points)
Laboratory                   (349 points)
Total                            (833 points)

Course Materials

Required Lab Manual: Lab Manual for Principles of Biology (new edition each year) 

Course Closed?

If the course is closed, please contact Dr. Suzanne Sukhdeo.

Faculty

All office hours are by appointment

  Dr. Suzanne Sukhdeo
  84 Lipman Drive
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  732-932-3760
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** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.

 

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