Important Information Regarding Biology and Chemistry


  • General Biology 01:119:115 and 01:119:116 is a two semester sequence intended for students majoring in the life sciences, and for students who plan to attend a professional school in the sciences. Bio 115/116 replaces Bio 101/102 which will no longer be offered. It includes two weekly lectures and a problem solving workshop, but the course has a separate laboratory (01:119:117) taken either with or after 116.
  • Along with Bio 117 (the 2 credit laboratory course), the Bio 115/116 sequence is a CORE requirement for all life science.
  • Students must place in Expository Writing 101 and Pre-calculus in order to register for Biology 115 in the Fall semester. Summer registration in Bio 115 requires prior completion of Expos 101 and Pre-calculus 111-112 or 115.
  • Although not enforced as a prerequisite, it is assumed that all students have successfully completed a course in high school Chemistry.
  • If students don't meet prerequisites they may be registered for Concepts in Biology 100 (4 credit class). This class does not replace Biology 115. It will appear on their transcript, be included in their GPA, and will count toward their 128 credits needed to graduate.
  • If students taking Concepts of Biology 100 receive an A or a B+ they can register for Biology 116 in the spring semester and makeup Biology 115 in the summer or fall.


  • Students must place in Calculus in order to register for General Chemistry 161.
  • Students must place in and be taking Pre-calculus 115 in order to register for Extended General Chemistry 165 (also known as the Solid GEMS Program). The Solid GEMS program at Rutgers was designed to raise student achievement in math and the sciences. Solid GEMS is an intensive academic program designed to increase the performance of students in General Chemistry 1 & 2. Solid GEMS chemistry covers exactly the same materials as Chemistry 161 and 162. Students take the same final and are graded in the same manner. The only differences are a different course number, smaller classes, extended lectures, and recitations in the classroom rather than online.
  • The chemistry department suggests a better alternative for students placing in Precalculus 111,112 - Introduction to Chemistry 134 (a 3 credit course). This is a prep course for students who plan to study science in college but are not yet ready to undertake the rigors of General Chemistry 161 or 165. This course will appear on their transcript, be included in their GPA, and will count toward their 128 credits needed to graduate. This would be an ideal prep course as an unspecified elective.
  • Chemistry 134 provides an opportunity for students to strengthen their skill base in a supportive environment. Data attests to the success of the course in preparing students for General Chemistry. Students who work hard generally do well in Chemistry 134 and often find that their grade helps their GPA. Students successfully completing Intro. to Chemistry in the Fall and given first preference for registration into General Chemistry 161 in the spring semester.