Rutgers University
BioMathematics Interdisciplinary Major
Additional notes regarding courses

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See also answers to many questions in main biomath page under "FAQs on biomath at Rutgers"

640:336 and 640:338

It is highly advisable that you take the two special biomath courses 640:336 and 640:338 in your junior year. It has happened that students had to postpone their graduation by a year, because, having waited until their senior year to take one of these courses, they received a failing grade. Also please note that 338 is offered in Spring semesters and 336 is offered typically only during Fall semesters. There have been some years when 336 has been offered in the Spring, due to high demand, but this cannot be guaranteed. Plan accordingly.

Genetics Lab

Genetics 447:382. Genetics Lab. A laboratory that focuses on analysis and interpretation of genetic information. This is a computational lab, in that all genetic data are created by computer simulation. The Genetics Lab is not recommended as a way to satisfy the lab requirement. In recent years, the Genetics Lab has been turned into a "virtual lab" of computer exercises, and not a true "wet lab". Several students who picked this "easy lab" have later expressed frustration at not being eligible for certain jobs upon graduation, due to their lack of a true lab experience. Until the biomath requirements are modified, the course remains acceptable. However, you should realize that you will be putting yourself at a competitive disadvantage for industry jobs as well as many graduate school programs, if you do not take a "real" lab course.

General Biology Lab 01:119:117 General Biology Laboratory is an excellent choice of lab.

Research in Genetics Lab 01:447:315 Introduction to Research in Genetics (01:447:315) is open to genetics majors.

Introduction to Research in Molecular Biology, lab courses. The Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 694:315 course is for sophomore or junior students in the major. The related 694:215 course (Fall) is only for first year Honors students who have Advanced Placement (AP) Biology credit. The 694:214 course (Spring) is only for first year students who have AP Biology credit. These are similar in that each includes lectures and wet lab experience, but depend on the student;s standing coming into the courses which serves as "prerequisites". If you have taken one of these courses and wish to have one it count for the BioMath major Lab requirement, please ask the Math Advisor's office that the substitution be made through special permission.

Please see also the next item regarding labs.

Winter BioMaPS "bootcamp" option for meeting lab requirement

Depending on the year, you may be able to use Interdisciplinary Boot Camp in Quantitative Biology, 2 credits 01:556:482:01 (Winter break term) toward the lab requirement, as an alternative to the currently listed courses. Please note that some years the bootcamp does not include a wetlab. It was acceptable in January 2015, but not in January 2016. You may click here for more information.

Computer Programming

As with the Genetics Lab, several students have given us feedback that potential employers found their lack of computer skills a reason for not hiring them. Due to the already heavy course requirements for the Biomath degree, we have not imposed a computer requirement yet (though one will be imposed in the future, very likely). You should, however, seriously consider taking at least one course that teaches programming skills. We recommend the following course: 447:302 Quantitative Biology & Bioinformatics (prerequisites: Genetics 447:380 or Genetic Analysis I 447:384) which provides students with skills needed to conduct basic computational research in the life sciences, including many aspects of computer programming and data analysis, and provides an introduction to Python programming. Another course that we recommend is: 01:198:107 Computing for Math and the Sciences (prerequisite: CALC1) which deals with MATLAB and Maple as well as basic ideas of programming. A more advanced and certainly better course is: 01:198:111 Introduction to Computer Science (prerequisite: 115 or placement into CALC1) and you should definitely take this instead of 107 if you wish to be challenged.

Introductory Biochemistry

The course "Introductory Biochemistry 11:115:301" is equivalent to "Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 01:694:301". In the future, we expect to change the requirements so as to reflect this equivalence. For the time being, if you wish to substitute 115:301 for 694:301, you should contact the math undergraduate advisor and request that the substitution be made through special permission.

Essentials of Cell Biology and Neuroscience

The course "Essentials of Cell Biology and Neuroscience 01:146:295" is a combination of 01:146:245 Fundamentals of Neurobiology and 01:146:270 Fundamentals of Cell and Developmental Biology. The latter course is now restricted to Life Sciences majors only. In the future, we expect to change the requirements so as to reflect this equivalence. For the time being, if you wish to use 146:295 for credit, you should contact the math undergraduate advisor to request that the substitution be made through special permission. (Note: you cannot get credit for both 295 and 245, or for 295 and 270.)

General Biology

Starting Fall 2013, the following courses are being offered: General Biology I, 01:119:115 (4 credits), General Biology II, 01:119:116 (4 credits), and General Biology Lab, 01:119:117 (2 credits). These are equivalent to the old numbers General Biology 1, 01:119:101 (4 credits), and General Biology II, 01:119:102 (4 credits), which previously included a lab. The old numbers are used for pre-Fall 2013 students who have taken them, but credit will not be accepted for both.

Computational Systems Biology (Biomedical Engineering)

The course 14:125:437 Computational Systems Biology will be accepted as an elective, subject to the "At most one course from 14:125 (Biomedical Engineering) can count as an elective" limitation. In the future, we expect to change the requirements so as to reflect this change. For the time being, if you wish to use this course for credit, you should contact the math undergraduate advisor to request that the substitution be made through special permission.

Biomedical Transport Phenomena (Biomedical Engineering)

The course 14:125:303 Biomedical Transport Phenomena will be accepted as an elective, subject to the "At most one course from 14:125 (Biomedical Engineering) can count as an elective" limitation. In the future, we expect to change the requirements so as to reflect this change. For the time being, if you wish to use this course for credit, you should contact the math undergraduate advisor to request that the substitution be made through special permission.

Principles of Evolution

The course 11:704:486 Principles of Evolution is now listed as 11:216:486 so it is the same course.

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