of the Major
Requirements of the Minor
|Convener: Edward Saiff
Faculty: Rena Bacon
About the MajorBiology, 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.
Ramapos well equipped modern laboratories include an environmentally-controlled greenhouse, an animal care facility, computer rooms, computerized biology and physiology labs, and a tissue culture facility 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:
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
- 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, both orally and in written form.
- 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.
- 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.
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 Ramapos 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
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|
|Readings in Humanities|
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