Photo: Ximing Quo in lab.

The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences offers areas of study spanning the biological spectrum, from organisms to ecosystems. Students gain a deep understanding of our physical world and the ways in which humans affect our planet and develop multi-dimensional solutions to address real-world problems.

Our students have access to a vigorous program of applied research and outreach through the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and its labs, farms, business incubators, and marine stations across the state.

We are world-renowned in turfgrass management, marine sciences research, and food science. History was made on our campus with the discovery of streptomycin, the first antibiotic effective against tuberculosis, which earned co-discoverer Selman Waksman the Nobel Prize. And our unmanned submersible glider, piloted by students in the Marine and Coastal Sciences program, gathered important data about the role of the ocean during Superstorm Sandy that never would have been possible using only conventional methods.

Our commitment to human nutrition and health is strengthened through interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research conducted at the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health. We recognize that many adult diseases have their origins in early childhood and are working to combat the rising epidemic of childhood obesity and obesity-related disorders such as diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, and cancer.