Requirements for Majoring in Biology

The department offers two programs leading to a Bachelor of Science DegreeCourse 7 or Course 7A.

The 7A program provides flexibility for students wishing to include extensive course work from other Departments. The 7A curriculum is identical to the Course 7 curriculum except it does not require Project Laboratory and the corresponding credit can be taken from any Institute subjects.

SB in Biology - Course 7 Program

Required lecture subjects:
7.012 or 7.013 or 7.014 Introductory Biology
7.03 Genetics
7.05 or 5.07J General Biochemistry
7.06 Cell Biology
5.111 or 5.112 or 3.091 Introductory Chemistry
5.12 Organic Chemistry
7.10J or 20.110J or 5.60 Thermodynamics
(2.005, 3.012, 8.044, or 10.213 will also substitute)


Required restricted electives:

Three restricted electives from the following courses are required:
7.08J, 7.20J, 7.21, 7.22, 7.23, 7.25, 7.26, 7.27, 7.28, 7.29J, 7.30J, 7.31, 7.32J, 7.35, 7.36, 7.37J, 7.41, 7.49J.

Required laboratory subjects: 

7.02

Introduction to Experimental Biology and Communication (10.702 or 20.109 will substitute)

and one of the following Project Labs: 

7.13

Experimental Microbial Genetics

7.16

Experimental Molecular Biology: Biotechnology II

7.18

Topics in Experimental Biology

Communication RequirementsTwo CI-M subjects in the Major

For Course 7: 7.02J/10.702J or 20.109 and one of: 7.13, 7.16, or 7.18

 

SB in Biology - Course 7A Program

The 7A program provides flexibility for students wishing to include extensive coursework from other departments. The 7A curriculum is identical to the Course 7 curriculum except that it does not require Project Laboratory and the corresponding credit can be taken from any Institute subjects.

Communication RequirementsTwo CI-M subjects in the Major

For Course 7A: 7.02J/10.702J or 20.109 and one of: 3.014, 5.36, 5.38, 7.19, 7.30J, 7.49J, 8.13, 9.02, 9.12, 9.18, 9.63,10.26, 10.27,10.28, 10.29, 20.380 or 2.791J/6.021J/20.370J.

Note: 7.30J or 7.49J may be selected as either a Restricted Elective or CI-M requirement, but neither subject can be counted towards both.