Biology, the study of life processes, is a rich and complex discipline. At Ramapo College, Biology is studied from the 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 labs, computerized physiology labs, and a student honors research lab. These facilities, allow students to explore the many aspects of biology both within the context of courses and as participants in faculty research.
Graduating Biology majors:
- will have 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
- will be proficient in basic laboratory skills common to biology and chemistry, such as PCR microscopy, spectrophotometry, gel electrophoresis, and volumetric and gravimetric methodologies.
- will have the ability to communicate scientific information clearly and precisely, in both oral and written forms.
- will have the opportunity to conduct research projects, either as part of an upper level course as a participant in an active laboratory research projects within the College, or as part of an appropriate cooperative education assignment outside the College.
- 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.
- 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 the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection as examples. The Teacher Education Program, in Biological Science, prepares students for New Jersey State Certification to teach secondary Biology.
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 RUTGERS
This program is offered jointly by Ramapo College and the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Science – School of Health Related Professions (Rutgers-SHRP). The program includes three years (full time) undergraduate education at Ramapo College followed by three years (full time) entry-level professional physical therapy education at Rutgers. At the end of the senior year of the undergraduate curriculum, which also serves 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 Rutgers.
Students meeting the following criteria can be admitted into the professional phase of the program at Rutgers-SHRP:
- Admission to Ramapo’s Biology/Physical Therapy track (excellent SAT scores and high school grade point average required)
- 3.4 GPA upon completion of all math and science prerequisites at Ramapo and no grade below C in the prerequisite courses
- 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, may also apply after three years of undergraduate education to the Rutgers Physical Therapy admission committee for admissions to the program through the general application process.