The small number of students in the MBB major allows the department to closely monitor the progress of each student in the major and provide individual advice to help them through their undergraduate education and onto their chosen career path.

It is recommended that prospective students register for the MBB major by declaring for MBB on the MyMajor website portal and by meeting with the Undergraduate Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who reviews the student’s transcript to be sure that they have the proper prerequisites and are doing sufficiently well in their core science courses to be able to successfully complete the major in a timely manner. The goals, requirements, and options of the MBB major are outlined to the student and a course checklist and suggested timetable is developed for each student.

Once a student is accepted into the major they should periodically meet with the Undergraduate Chair to go over their progress and answer any questions. To register for independent research courses, students must fill out a one-page research form each semester. which provides the Undergraduate Chair the opportunity to monitor how well the students are progressing through their course work and research.

Research mentoring. Each MBB student has a research mentor - always the P.I. and in some cases a senior scientist - in the laboratory they are performing their independent research projects.  It is highly recommended that students meet with these mentors once a week to discuss their research results and progress.  The research mentors are also able to advise students on opportunities to help them in their career paths and goals.

Prospective or current MBB student are always encouraged to contact or meet with the Undergraduate Director,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if they have any questions about the MBB major or if concerns or problems arise with their research lab. Transfer students who are considering the MBB major are strongly encouraged to contact Prof. Gunderson before they sign up for courses their first semester at Rutgers.


Advising Schedule for the Summer 2024 Semester with
Kristen Goodrich, Academic Advisor, for MBB/CBN/Genetics
(please note hours are subject to change):

Mondays, Tuesdays, Friday (drop-in virtual advising)/Wednesday (in-person or virtual)

PLEASE NOTE: Kristen will be on vacation starting Monday, June 3rd and will be back in the office on Monday, June 17th. If you need to speak with someone immediately, please email Dr. Sam Gunderson  at mbbThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There will be no virtual drop-in advising for the next 2 weeks. 


Week of June 17th Virtual Drop-in Advising Schedule

Monday (6/17) - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm - virtual   Click Here for Virtual Zoom Advising Link  


Tuesday (6/18) - 1:00 am to 3:00 pm - virtual   Click Here for Virtual Zoom Advising Link  


Wednesday  (6/19) 1:00 am to 3:00 pm - virtual   Click Here for Virtual Zoom Advising Link  


***Thursday (6/20) - 4:00 to 6:00 pm (evening virtual) please make appointments through Bookings link 


Friday (6/21) - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm - virtual   Click Here for Virtual Zoom Advising Link  

If you need to reach us by email, please contact Kristen Goodrich or Dr. Sam Gunderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Office Location:
Nelson Labs-Rm A110A