Office of Undergraduate Instruction

01:119:150 Biology, Society, and Biomedical Issues

This course is intended for non-science majors.

This course CANNOT be used to fulfill the requirements of the Biological Sciences major.


Fall, Spring, Summer





Course Description

This introductory survey course will cover the basic concepts of human health and medicine from a biological perspective.

Topics may include:

  • Emerging Infectious Diseases and other Human Diseases
  • Human Physiology
  • Human Genetics, Genetic Testing and Gene Therapy
  • Genetically Modified Organisms
  • Stem Cells and Cloning
  • Reproductive Biology
  • Humans and the Environment

Course URL

Course satisfies SAS Core Curriculum Learning Goals

1. 21st Century Challenges: Analyze the relationship that science and technology have to a contemporary social issue.

2. Natural Sciences: Understand and apply basic principles and concepts in the physical or biological sciences.

3. Natural Sciences: Identify and critically assess ethical and societal issues in science.

Course Satisfies Departmental Learning Goals

1. To develop academic skills that will provide a foundation for success in advanced courses, gate-keeper standardized tests, graduate or professional school, and life-long learning.

2. To acquire the appropriate factual and conceptual knowledge that provides student with a foundation on which they can further their immediate education and to manage a career.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

The final grade is determined by class participation, assignments, and exams.

Class Participation      10%

Assignments               10%

Reading Quizzes         10%

Hourly Exams (2)        30%

Final                            25%

Final Paper                 15%

Course Materials

Required Text:

Title: Biology of Humans: Concepts, Applications, and Issues (6th Edition)

Authors: Judith Goodenough & Betty McGuire

ISBN: 9780134045443

Course Closed?

If this course is closed,  please use the following link to add your name to the course wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2017 Courses . If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Sciences-Office of Undergraduate Instruction  at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Labs B112, Busch Campus.


Dr. Martha Haviland
Nelson Biological Laboratories A108
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** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.

Contact Us

Nelson Biological Laboratories

Nelson Biological Laboratories
604 Allison Rd
Piscataway, NJ 08854

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