Mission Statement


MISSION STATEMENT – Undergraduate Education

The Department of Biological Sciences is dedicated to the successful integration of nationally & internationally recognized research programs with excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level of instruction.  The Department recognizes the need for constant evaluation in an effort to adopt and take advantage of ever-emerging trends in research and teaching which enables all faculty and students to keep pace with and advance her/his knowledge base in the biological sciences.  Additionally, the Department recognizes the complexity of biological sciences and their relationship to other physical sciences and math leading to incorporation of interdisciplinary approaches to research and teaching.  

The Department serves a variety of Rutgers University and New Jersey Institute of Technology student populations, including undergraduate biology and clinical laboratory science majors, nursing students, pre-college students, undergraduate non-majors, including University College students, and non-matriculated students.  We strive to assist every student from our diverse demographic to develop the knowledge and problem-solving skills needed to pursue a myriad of potential career options. Likewise, we provide every student with the opportunity to learn modern biological science so he or she may become an informed citizen capable of understanding current issues facing humanity.  We provide effective, high-quality courses that foster understanding of foundational and advanced concepts in the biological sciences, develop the analytical skills necessary to examine evidence critically, and teach critical-thinking skills needed to formulate independent judgments. Last, we recognize that effective learning in the biological sciences requires extensive experiential learning, and therefore we provide this experience through formal laboratory and courses as well as opportunity for independent research studies guided by our faculty of outstanding teachers/research scientists. 

The Department strives to create a scholarly community that contributes significantly to the accumulation, dissemination, and synthesis of knowledge in the biological sciences.  To this end, the Department is committed to faculty development by supporting state-of-the-art research programs in cell & molecular biology, ecology and evolution, and computational neuroscience.   Department faculty have three fundamental responsibilities within the university community and beyond, namely, Teaching, Scholarship, and Service.    Teaching includes lecturing and mentoring in the classroom, presenting seminars, guiding individual student projects, and research training of undergraduate & graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  Scholarship includes the investigation, integration and application of principles and concepts of the discipline, and presentation of scholarly research via professional literature and conferences.    Service includes service to the community at all levels and to make available our expertise so the academic and public communities may be served, enriched and enlightened.