Science Core

Biology


7.01x comes in four versions. All versions cover the same core material, which includes the fundamental principles of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and cell biology; differences lie in their approaches to the subject matter. 

  • 7.012 (offered Fall term only): Basics of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, recombinant DNA, cell biology, developmental biology, genomics, cancer, immunology, neurobiology, rational medicine and evolution.
    • For whom? For all students
    • Pre-Requisite: Some high school chemistry 
    • AP Credit: AP Credit is not accepted
    • Advanced Standing Exam or Transfer Credit: Passing MIT’s Advanced Standing Exam during Orientation; Transfer credit not granted.

       
  • 7.015 (offered Fall term only): Explores biological principles through trending topics in biotechnology, microbiology, human diseases, genetics, and metabolism in a small class format.
    • For whom? For all students
    • Pre-Requisite: Some high school chemistry 
    • AP Credit: AP Credit is not accepted
    • Advanced Standing Exam or Transfer Credit: Passing MIT’s Advanced Standing Exam during Orientation; Transfer credit not granted.

       
  • 7.016 not offered 2019-2020: Fundamental principles of biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics for understanding the functions of living systems.
    • For whom? For all students
    • Pre-Requisite: Some high school chemistry 
    • AP Credit: AP Credit is not accepted
    • Advanced Standing Exam or Transfer Credit: Passing MIT’s Advanced Standing Exam during Orientation; Transfer credit not granted.

       
  • 7.013 (offered Spring term only): Genetics, biochemistry, cell biology; molecular biology, disease developmental biology, and neurobiology
    • For whom? For all students
    • Pre-Requisite: Some high school chemistry 
    • AP Credit: AP Credit is not accepted
    • Advanced Standing Exam or Transfer Credit: Passing MIT’s Advanced Standing Exam during Orientation; Transfer credit not granted.

       
  • 7.014 (offered Spring term only): Understanding microorganisms as geochemical agents responsible for the evolution and renewal of the biosphere and of their role in human health and disease

    • For whom? For all students
    • Pre-Requisite: Some high school chemistry 
    • AP Credit: AP Credit is not accepted
    • Advanced Standing Exam or Transfer Credit: Passing MIT’s Advanced Standing Exam during Orientation; Transfer credit not granted.

Chemistry Preparation for Biology

You will need some chemistry background to be successful in 7.01x. Before enrolling in one of the Biology classes, you should either have a strong high school chemistry background (e.g., score of 5 on AP Chemistry), or you should complete one of the MIT core chemistry subjects (5.111, or 5.112 or 3.091) before enrolling in Introductory Biology.

When Should You Complete the Biology Requirement?

  • If you are interested in pursuing a major in life sciences, you should try to take a version of 7.01x in your first-year.
  • Any version of 7.01x will serve as the prerequisite for other biology subjects and will meet the basic requirement for application to medical school. Students should take the version which is most personally interesting.