Master of Science in Biology

Master of Science Graduate Program in Biology Course of Study and Program Requirements

Advisement

In the first year of study, students are advised on all academic matters by the MS Program Coordinator. During the first year of full-time study (or part-time equivalent), students complete sufficient course work to fulfill most core curricular requirements and to develop a potential research project (library or laboratory) that will serve as the basis of the capstone Thesis requirement. By the start of the second year, students must choose a faculty member to serve as advisor during their laboratory or bibliographic thesis research project.

Other Source of Information Regarding the Program's Regulations

The Rutgers-Newark Graduate School Catalog (http://catalogs.rutgers.edu/generated/nwk-grad_current/pg127.html) and the NJIT Graduate Catalog http://catalog.njit.edu/graduate/ should be consulted for University regulations. The new department regulations outlined above for the Masters program in Biology apply to all students who enter the Program as of September 2010.

Doctor of Philosophy in Biology

Program Procedures and Requirements

I. Graduate Standards Committee

The Graduate Standard Committee is responsible for monitoring and advising all graduate students through completion of the Thesis Prospectus stage of the program. The Committee meets with students each semester to evaluate coursework and research progress in an effort to provide advisement on course selections, first-semester mentoring, laboratory rotations, and potential thesis advisors. Records of Standards Committee meeting are kept on file via the Standards Committee Report form. Whenever necessary, the Committee will discuss student progress with faculty mentors and advisors to ensure proper and successful progress within the program. The ultimate charge of the Committee is to assist and guide the student toward successful completion of the Qualifying Exam and Thesis Prospectus.

NJIT Faculty

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Bucher, Dirk M., Associate Professor

Bunker, Daniel E., Assistant Professor

F

Flammang-Lockyer, Brooke E., University Lecturer

Fortune, Eric S., Associate Professor

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Garnier, Simon J., Assistant Professor

Golowasch, Jorge P., Professor

H

Haspel, Gal, Assistant Professor

N

Nadim, Farzan, Professor

R

Russell, Gareth J., Associate Professor

S

Soares, Daphne F., Assistant Professor

Stanko, Maria L., University Lecturer

T

Trimby, Christopher M., University Lecturer

W

Wisner, Ellen M., University Lecturer

Y

Yarotsky, John J., University Lecturer

Biological Sciences Courses

BIOL 590. Grad Coop Work Experience I. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

BIOL 591. Graduate Coop Work Exper II. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

BIOL 593. Graduate Co-Op Work Exp IV. 0 credits, 0 contact hours.

BIOL 601. Computational Biology I. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

This course will describe mathematical and simulation techniques used in modeling a variety of biological systems. Students will learn stability analysis, phase space analysis, basic bifurication theory and numerical simulation techniques with examples from neuroscience, cell and molecular biology as well as ecology and evolution. Students enrolling in this course are expected to have basic knowledge of calculus, linear algebra and some programming abilities.

BIOL 612. Comparative Animal Physiology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

This course will explore how animals, from invertebrates to vertebrates, function from the cellular to the organism level. The study of the structure and function of the various organs provides insight into how animals survive extreme environments and how they respond to changes in their environment. The comparative approach shows that the underlying physiological principles that govern life are common to all animals and yet animals have evolved unique and sometimes startling physiological solutions to problems posed by their particular environments.

BIOL 622. Evolution. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of research in the field of evolutionary biology. Topics will include: the development of evolutionary theory, the history of the evolution of life on Earth, the genetic bases of variation and heredity, natural selection, evolution and development, and speciation. The format will be brief lectures to review topics covered in text, followed by class discussions of relevant primary literature. Students will write two papers on the topic of their choice and will be required to lead a minimum of one class discussion.

BIOL 628. Cell Biology of Disease: Cells Gone Bad. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

This course will briefly review normal physiological function of humans and will then extensively explore the basis of many human diseases at cellular lever. The goal is to understand how alterations in normal cell functions affect human physiology by reviewing current research in the field of cell biology.

BIOL 630. Critical Thinking for the Life Sciences. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

Researchers in the biological sciences must understand and be able to effectively apply the scientific method, and they must also be able to clearly communicate their ideas and results. This course will involve heavy student participation and discuss the scientific method, analyze and discuss data gathering and organizing, and will analyze existing grant proposals with the goal of enabling graduate students to write a clear and convincing grant proposal.

BIOL 638. Computational Ecology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

An overview of computational approaches to the study of mathematical models in ecology. Topics include one-, two-, and multi-species models, life history analysis, spatial dynamics, epidemiology. The course is taught as a hands-on computer lab in which students explore models, perform simulations and solve problems.

BIOL 640. Cellular Neurophysiology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

Prerequisites: Graduate student status or permission of the instructor. This course will examine the nervous system from a functional perspective. The goal is to understand how ion channels and other components of nerve cells give rise to electrical excitability and synaptic function, and how those properties are then used for coding information and higher order function in the nervous system.

BIOL 641. Systems Neuroscience. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

This course will examine neurophysical phenomena from a systems perspective. The course will review basic concepts of cellular neuroscience, such as excitability, impulse conduction, and integration of activity at the cellular, before focusing on network level physiology of the nervous system and its role in the generation of behavior. The goal is to provide students with the basic knowledge to understand neurobiological processes at all levels of complexity.

BIOL 645. Biological Imaging Techniques. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

Prerequisites: Graduate student status or permission of the instructor. This combined lecture and lab course will introduce the students to a variety of approaches to examine biological structures at different microscopic scales: conventional light microscopy, fluorescent microscopy, modern high resolution light microscopy, and electron microscopy. In addition, the course will cover optical approaches to study the dynamics of cellular function, including calcium and voltage imaging, and molecular interactions.

BIOL 660. College Teaching. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

College Teaching helps students in STEM fields who teach or plan to teach in colleges or universities develop important professional knowledge, skills, values, and dispositions that can enable them to help undergraduate and graduate students develop societally and personally significant abilities. The course emphasizes research-based methods demonstrated to be effective for enhancing learning in diverse people.

BIOL 698. Selected topics in Biology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

Survey of recent research topics in Biology at the Master's level.

BIOL 699. Selected Topics in Biology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

Survey of recent research topics in Biology at the Masters level.

BIOL 700. Master's Project. 0 credits, 0 contact hours.

BIOL 700B. Master's Project. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

BIOL 701. Master's Thesis. 0 credits, 0 contact hours.

BIOL 701B. Master's Thesis. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

BIOL 701C. Master's Thesis. 6 credits, 3 contact hours.

BIOL 725. Independent Study. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

BIOL 726. Independent Study. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

BIOL 788. Selected Topics in Biology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

Survey of recent research topics in Biology at the doctoral level.

BIOL 790. Doct Dissertation & Resrch. 0 credits, 0 contact hours.

BIOL 790A. Doct Dissertation & Resrch. 1 credit, 1 contact hour.

BIOL 790B. Doct Dissertation & Resrch. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

BIOL 790C. Doctoral Dissertn & Resrch. 6 credits, 6 contact hours.

BIOL 790D. Doct Dissertation & Resrch. 9 credits, 0 contact hours.

BIOL 790E. Doctoral Dissertation. 12 credits, 12 contact hours.

BIOL 791. Biology Seminar. 0 credits, 0 contact hours.

This seminar includes student and faculty presentations on current papers, student presentations related to their research and occasional outside speakers. It will acquaint students with possible topics for dissertation search, and provide an opportunity to present and receive feedback on current work.

BIOL 792B. Pre-Doctoral Research. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

BIOL 792C. Pre-Doctoral Research. 6 credits, 6 contact hours.

BIOL 794. Computational Biology Colloquium. 1 credit, 1 contact hour.

Restriction: graduate standing. Students and outside speakers present and discuss current research activities in computational biology and related scientific areas.

Rutgers-Newark Courses

R120 503. Plant Morphology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 504. Plant Physiology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 505. Bio Stat And Compt Meth. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 509. Adv Problems In Biology. 3-5 credits, 3-5 contact hours.

R120 510. Adv Prob In Biol. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 512. Cell Biology: Methods & Appl. 3 credits, 0 contact hours.

R120 515. Molecular Bio Of Eukaryotes. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 516. Microbial Ecology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 517. Develomental Neurobiology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 518. Neuroimmunology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 519. Microbial Metal. 3 credits, 0 contact hours.

R120 520. Analyt & Comp Neurosci. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 522. Resource Sustainability. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 523. Scale Of Biodiversity. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 524. Cell Molec Dev. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 526. Topics in Cell Biology. 3 credits, 0 contact hours.

R120 530. Cell Surface Recept. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 532. Evolution. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 534. Biological Invasion. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 536. Mulitvariate Biostatistics. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 538. Topics In Molecular Genetics. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 539. Adv Human Physio I. 3 credits, 0 contact hours.

R120 540. Adv Human Phsiology & Patho II. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 543. Envr Microbiology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 545. Plant Molecular Bio. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 547. Pathophysiology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 548. Biology Of Cancer. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 551. Biology Of Pollution. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 552. Paleobotany. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 560. College Teaching. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 563. Topics in Modern Plant Biology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 571. Biochemistry I. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 572. Concepts in Pharm Drug Dev. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 573. Pharmacology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 580. Topic Marine Ecology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 587. Systems Ecology. 3 credits, 0 contact hours.

R120 588. Topics Adv Ecology. 3 credits, 0 contact hours.

R120 590. Intro to Env Biophys. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 593. Physiological Ecol. 3 credits, 0 contact hours.

R120 594. Systematics. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 601. Human Molecular Genetics. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 604. Microbio: Prin & Appl. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 616. Topics In Biology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 624. Cell Biol:Signal Transduction. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 640. Topics In Immunology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 651. Biology Colloquium. 1 credit, 1 contact hour.

R120 652. Biology Colloquium. 1 credit, 1 contact hour.

R120 697. Neuroendocrinology. 3 credits, 3 contact hours.

R120 701. Research In Biology. 3-12 credits, 12 contact hours.

R120 702. Research In Biology. 1-18 credits, 1-18 contact hours.

R120 866. Grad Assistants. 2 credits, 2 contact hours.

R120 877. Teaching Assistant. 6 credits, 6 contact hours.