About the Federated Department of Biological Sciences

Microbiology: Gloeotrichia with Sytox Green: Photo: Barry H. Rosen, USGS

The Federated Department of Biological Sciences, located in the Central King Building, is housed within the College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

The Department of Biological Sciences at NJIT is federated with our sister department at Rutgers University-Newark. That opens many wonderful opportunities for students on both sides of federation, NJIT and Rutgers! It means that NJIT students are free to take biology classes at Rutgers, and Rutgers students can come to NJIT, too. When students graduate or finish a degree program, they receive diplomas issued jointly from NJIT and Rutgers. Biology students thus obtain the best of both Universities: NJIT, a technical school that emphasizes the quantitative and technical aspects of biology; and Rutgers, a liberal arts school whose biology classes focus on the cellular and molecular aspects of biology and ecology and evolution.

At NJIT, biology was upgraded from a program to a department in 2007. In the past several years the number of biology students has increased 10-fold! Our faculty (currently 10 research faculty and four full-time instructors at NJIT, and 18 research faculty and four instructors at Rutgers) carries out state-of-the-art research and instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. All of our PhD students perform original research in our laboratories, as do many Masters and undergraduate students. The research programs in our department are supported by federal, state and private funds, including grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Binational Science Foundation, the National Park Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Minority Academic Careers Program, etc.


Biology Professors perform research in such areas as regulation of neural network function, neuro-immunology, waves and diffusion of ions in the brain, respiratory physiology, population dynamics, ecosystems responses to global climate change, etc.

Students who want to fuse biology with other subjects will be happy to know that biology professors collaborate with professors from other departments, such as Mathematics and Chemistry, Neuroscience at Rutgers, etc. In addition, we currently offer three double majors with Math, Chemistry and STS. Students are encouraged to cross-fertilize their interests by conducting inter-disciplinary research.

Please contact us for more information about the Department of Biological Sciences!