Areas of Study & Requirements

The Biology curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (Course 7 or 7A), or to a minor in Biology, includes the General Institute Requirements, as well as specific subjects offered by the Department. The degree program allows students to take graduate level courses in Biology, to explore relevant classes in other departments, and to perform significant research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

In addition, the EECS (Course 6) and Biology departments have created a new undergraduate interdepartmental curriculum to allow students to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Molecular Biology, known as Course 6-7.

All Biology majors must complete two CI-M courses, generally by their junior or senior year. CI-M courses teach the specific forms of written, oral, and/or visual communication appropriate to Biology's professional and academic culture. See the MIT Communication requirements for more information.

The Biology Department Program Requirements are also available in the Undergraduate Study Brochure, and Graduation Checklist with Course 7 Questions and Answers. (pdfs)


See the MIT Course Bulletin for more information.