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Martin Hall overlooking Passion Puddle.

About the School

The Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) powers the university's robust exploration of sciences. From microorganisms to a changing climate, the land, air and ocean, nutrition and food sciences, animals and plants—21 majors, plus a multitude of minors and special certificate programs offer our students a gateway into the world of scientific knowledge. This is enhanced by an array of learning opportunities beyond the classroom and involvement in a variety of student organizations.

The Best of Both Worlds

Students at SEBS have the best of both worlds on several fronts. While taking advantage of all a large state university has to offer, our students enjoy the cozy atmosphere of a small college. Nestled on the George H. Cook campus of Rutgers–New Brunswick, SEBS students form bonding relationships with their peers in their classes, living-learning communities, and research laboratories, working on campus farms, greenhouses, gardens, and ocean observatory, and involvement in a multitude of student organizations and athletic clubs.

Faced with the choice between going to school in the city vs. a serene natural setting—SEBS students again have the best of both worlds. New Brunswick is a bustling city with theaters, museums, restaurants, nightlife and culture, and a train station with direct access to Manhattan. Yet our students have at their disposal animal, produce and turfgrass farms, woods and trails, display gardens and community garden, and even a bamboo forest.

For students who like the idea of attending a historic institution yet want modern state-of-the-art cutting edge research and facilities, SEBS students again have the best of both worlds. Rutgers is one of America's nine original colonial colleges and one of America's first land-grant institutions with a long list of notable achievements, faculty, and alumni. State of the art facilities enhance research and learning on topics of utmost relevance to society in the 21st century: climate, environment, nutrition, the microbiome, sustainable agriculture and more.

Rutgers' Mission Beyond the Classroom

In line with Rutgers' strong land-grant tradition, our faculty integrate teaching, research, and outreach to address real-world problems and encourage students to adopt the same approach to their educational experience at Rutgers. The school is affiliated with Rutgers' New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and its strong research and community outreach programs across New Jersey and around the world.

More About Us

  1. Bylaws of the Faculty (356k PDF)
  2. In Memoriam
  3. Waksman Museum