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 (Fall term by lottery): 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; Transfer credit not granted.

       
  • 7.015 (Fall term): 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; Transfer credit not granted
  • 7.014 (Spring term): 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; Transfer credit not granted.
  • 7.016 (Spring term): 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; Transfer credit not granted.

Videos about GIRs that can be found on the School of Science YouTube playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdvxZS1QSbk1t4ojfSArHvzOH-YzSHUrJ.

Take-Aways:

  • Before enrolling in introductory Biology, the student should have some knowledge of high school chemistry. 
  • First-year students interested in pursuing a major in life sciences should try to take 7.01x in their first year.
  • First-year students interested in Course 20 Biological Engineering are strongly encouraged to complete a version of 7.01x sometime in their first year.
  • Any of these subjects will serve as the prerequisite for other biology subjects and will meet the basic requirement for application to medical school. 
  • There are enrollment limits that are subject to availability in each version of 7.01x.  Any Biology GIR class that is over-subscribed will be subjected to a general lottery.  After the August 27 first-year registration deadline, the lottery is run and students are informed by the instructor if they have been moved to another 7.01X course.  
  • Students will have the opportunity to complete the Biology GIR every semester but are not guaranteed a seat in a specific class.

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