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TAS: Biology (B.S.)


Convener: Faculty:
William Mitchell

Rena Bacon
Paramjeet Bagga
Angela Cristini

Gina DiGioia
Eric Karlin
Thomas Owen
Susan Petro*
Emma Rainforth

Richard Lowell
Edward Saiff
Ash Stuart

Sandra Suarez
Eric M. Weiner

(* disclaimer below)



About the Major

Biology, the study of life processes, is a rich and complex discipline. At Ramapo College, Biology is studied from molecular, cellular, organismic, community, and evolutionary perspectives.

The Biology major is organized to give our students a firm foundation for understanding the central principles of the study of life processes, yet it permits student flexibility to select courses which reflect their own particular areas of interest. In the core biology courses, students examine principles of change and continuity, inheritance and evolution, unity and diversity of organisms and their interaction with the environment and the impact of the environment on all life forms.

Ramapo's well equipped modern laboratories include an environmentally-controlled greenhouse, computer rooms, computerized biology, physiology labs, and a student honors research lab, all of which allow students to explore the many aspects of biology both within the context of courses and as participants in faculty research.

Graduating Biology majors:

  1. will have a wide ranging knowledge of biology and the ability to apply that knowledge in a problem-solving environment. Students will appreciate that:
    • organisms are related to each other in time and space
    • organisms share processes by which information is coded and transmitted
    • organisms live in complex and fragile interacting ecosystems
  2. will be proficient in basic laboratory skills common to biology and chemistry, such as PCR microscopy, spectrophotometry, gel electrophoresis, and volumetric and gravimetric methodologies.
  3. will have the ability to communicate scientific information clearly and precisely, both orally and in written form.
  4. will have had the opportunity to conduct research projects, either as part of an upper level course or as a participant in an active individual laboratory research projects within the College or as part of an appropriate cooperative education assignment outside the College.
  5. will have an understanding of the principles of experimental design and data analysis and be able to formulate and carry out strategies for solving scientific problems.
  6. will have the opportunity to take field courses which provide a direct exposure to natural biological systems.

Biology majors are prepared for graduate school, professional schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and other health-related professions. Graduates are also prepared to work in industry, education, and government settings such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection as examples. The Teacher Education Program in Biological Science prepares students for New Jersey State Certification to teach Biology at the secondary level.

The Major is offered by the School of Theoretical and Applied Science and leads to a B.S. degree.

BIOLOGY/PRE-PHYSICAL THERAPY COMBINED DEGREE PROGRAM WITH UMDNJ

This program is offered jointly by Ramapo College and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Health Related Professions (UMDNJ-SHRP). The program includes three years (full time) undergraduate education at Ramapo College followed by three years (full time) of entry-level professional physical therapy education at UMDNJ. At the end of the senior year of the undergraduate curriculum, which will also serve as the first year of the graduate curriculum, students will receive a B.S. degree (in Biology) conferred by Ramapo College. The program terminates at the end of the second post baccalaureate year in a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree conferred by UMDNJ.

Students meeting the following criteria can be admitted into the professional phase of the program at UMDNJ:

  • Admission to Ramapo's Biology/Physical Therapy track (excellent SAT scores and high school grade point average required)
  • 3.0 GPA upon completion of all math and science prerequisites at Ramapo
  • Knowledge of the field through actual work or volunteer experience
  • Excellent composite recommendation by RCNJ faculty

Students who do not meet the admission criteria for entry to the professional phase but demonstrate a satisfactory grade point average and satisfactory scores on all three sections of the Graduate Record Exam also may apply after three years of undergraduate education to the UMDNJ Physical Therapy admission committee for admissions to the program through the general application process.

BIOLOGY / PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

This program is jointly offered by Ramapo College and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Health Related Professions (UMDNJ-SHRP). The program will include three years (full-time) undergraduate education at Ramapo College followed by three years (full-time) of entry-level professional education at UMDNJ. At the end of the senior year of the undergraduate curriculum, which will serve as the first year for the professional curriculum, students will receive a B.S. degree (in Biology) conferred by Ramapo College. The program will terminate at the end of the second post baccalaureate year in Master's of Science in Physician Assistant conferred by UMDNJ.

To be considered for this special program, you must make a separate application by June 1st of your sophomore year. (The application forms are available in the Dean's Office in the School of Theoretical and Applied Science.) A student must have an overall Ramapo grade point average of 3.0 and should have completed the following courses with a grade of "C" or better:

Fundamentals of Biology I Lec/Lab
Fundamentals of Biology II Lec/Lab
Precalculus OR Calculus I
Organic Chemistry Lec/Lab
Introduction to Psychology
Humanities and/or Social Science
  College English
  Readings in Humanities

Requirements of the Major

  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a [W] below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.

  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
INTD 101 [W] FIRST YEAR SEMINAR
ENGL 180 COLLEGE ENGLISH
SELECT ONE  
BADM 115 [W] PERSPECTIVES OF BUSINESS AND SOCIETY OR
SOSC 101 [W] SOCIAL ISSUES
SELECT ONE [W] GE-HISTORY CATEGORY: HIST 101-110
AIID 201 [W] READINGS IN HUMANITIES
SELECT ONE GE-INTERCULTURAL NORTH AMERICA CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-TOPICS ARTS AND HUMANITIES CATEGORY OR
  [W] GE-TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE CATEGORY
SCHOOL OF THEORETICAL AND APPLIED SCIENCE REQUIREMENT
SELECT ONE Science In Cultural Perspective course:
AMER 307 TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE IN AMERICA
ANTH 307 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
CNTP 315 ART AND TECHNOLOGY
ENST 215 ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY
ENST 223 ENERGY AND SOCIETY
ENST 305 ECOLOGY, ECONOMICS AND ETHICS
ENST 312 ECOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ENST 317 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND REGULATION
HIST 396 HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC IDEAS
INFO 315 COMPUTER LAW AND ETHICS
MATH 441 HISTORY OF MATH
MGMT 324 INVENTION FOR MANAGERS AND SCIENTISTS
PHIL 328 BIO-ETHICS
POLI 328 LAW AND POLITICS INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT
PSYC 306 ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES
PSYC 413 PHILOSOPHICAL ROOTS OF PSYCH
PSYC 423 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY
SCIN 210 SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
SCIN 230 COMPUTERS AND SOCIETY
SCIN 235 HISTORICAL TRENDS IN NURSING
SCIN 343 SCIENCE AND RELIGION
SCIN 405 FEMINIST SCIENCE FICTION
SCIN 425 SCIENCE AND LITERATURE
SCIN 434 WOMEN AND SCIENCE
SCIN 481 SCIENCE LAW AND FEMINISM
SCIN 489 SCIENCE AND LAW
SOCI 306 ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
SOCI 330 SCIENCE IN A MULTICULTURAL WORLD
BIOLOGY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
BIOL 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I LECTURE/ LAB
BIOL 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY II LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I LECTURE/ LAB
CHEM 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II LECTURE/ LAB
CHEM 210 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 212 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LECTURE/LAB
PHYS 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS I LECTURE/ LAB
PHYS 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS II LECTURE/LAB
BIOL 221 GENERAL ECOLOGY OR
ENSC 210 THEORETICAL AND FIELD ECOLOGY LECTURE/LAB
BIOL 331 GENETICS LECTURE/ LAB
BIOL 356 EVOLUTION
BIOL 406 CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LECTURE/LAB
  Mathematics requirement: two of the following
MATH 121 CALCULUS I
MATH 122 CALCULUS II
CMPS 147 COMPUTER SCIENCE I
PSYC 242 STATISTICS OR
ENSC 345 RESEARCH DESIGN AND STATISTICS (or equivalent)
Note: students must have at least a "C" average in BIOL 110 and BIOL 112 to take 300-level Biology courses.
Biology Electives
2 courses approved by Bio faculty. One of the courses must be 300/400 level and one must be a lab or a field course only one elective at the 200 level.
Co-ops do not fulfill the elective requirement.
(BIOL 213 AND BIOL 214 count as one elective.)

* Students who take ENSC 210 are not required to take an additional lab or field course, but must still take two electives, one of which must be 300/400 level.  Students cannot double count ENSC 345 as both a mathematics requirement and a biology elective.

 
BIOLOGY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: PHYSICAL THERAPY TRACK
BIOL 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I LECTURE/ LAB
BIOL 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY II LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I LECTURE/ LAB
CHEM 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II LECTURE/ LAB
CHEM 210 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 212 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LECTURE/LAB
PHYS 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS I LECTURE/ LAB
PHYS 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS II LECTURE/LAB
BIOL 221 GENERAL ECOLOGY
BIOL 331 GENETICS LECTURE/ LAB
BIOL 356 EVOLUTION
BIOL 406 CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LECTURE/LAB
MATH 121 CALCULUS I
PSYC 242 STATISTICS (or equivalent)
Plus the following Biology electives:
BIOL 213 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I LECTURE/LAB and
BIOL 215 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II LECTURE/LAB counts as one elective
PTMS 4101 Gross Anatomy (to be taken at UMDNJ first year)
PTMS 4201 Neuroscience (to be taken at UMDNJ first year)
Plus the following prerequisite courses for the PT program at UMDNJ
PSYC 101 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
Pre-Clinical Internship
Students are required to participate in two different physical therapy experiences prior to their junior year at Ramapo.  Please consult with your advisor in TAS for further information.
 
BIOLOGY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT TRACK
BIOL 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I LECTURE/ LAB
BIOL 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY II LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I LECTURE/ LAB
CHEM 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II LECTURE/ LAB
PHYS 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS I LECTURE/ LAB
PHYS 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS II LECTURE/LAB
MATH 110 PRECALCULUS OR
MATH 121 CALCULUS I
CHEM 210 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LECTURE/LAB
CHEM 212 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LECTURE/LAB
BIOL 331 GENETICS LECTURE/ LAB
BIOL 356 EVOLUTION
BIOL 406 CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LECTURE/LAB
Two of the following
MATH 121 CALCULUS I
MATH 122 CALCULUS II
CMPS 147 COMPUTER SCIENCE I
PSYC 242 STATISTICS
Biology Electives
The elective requirement is fully met by courses taken in the first year of the Professional Program at UMDNJ Microbiology (7 crs.),
Gross Anatomy (4 crs.), Medical Physiology (7 crs.), and
Neuroanatomy (2 crs.)

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Requirements of the Minor


Subject & Course # Title & Course Description

Required Courses:

BIOL 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY I LECTURE/ LAB
BIOL 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY II LECTURE/LAB

Biology Electives: three courses one of which must be at the 300 or 400 level

Note: A school core is NOT required for completion of the minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.


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