At MIT, we refer to “majors” as “courses” and each course has an assigned number. Biology courses include 7, 7A, 5-7, and 6-7. We also offer a Biology Minor.
The flexibility of Course 7 and 7A allow for many possibilities to complete course requirements and explore subjects in other departments. Your advisor and your peers can be a great resource when considering your own course roadmap.
Designed to prepare students for a research career in the biological sciences.
Sample Course Roadmap
Designed for students who wish to obtain a background in biology without performing independent research.
Designed for students interested in the intersection of chemistry and biology, encompassing both biochemistry and chemical biology.
Designed for students interested in the emerging field of computational biology.
Provides a depth of understanding and expertise in Biology as a complement to your chosen major.
You can declare a minor after your first year. To apply, contact Joshua Stone in the Biology Education Office (68-120).
All Biology majors must complete two Communication Intensive (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. Learn more about the CI-M requirement.
All students in the Biology department are assigned a faculty advisor. You are required to meet with your advisor at least twice a semester during mid-term and registration periods and may schedule additional meetings as needed.
Your advisor can assist with:
- Course selection and online approvals
- Online add/drop approvals
- Academic progress
- Career advice
To aid in advisor selection, complete the Advisor Preference Survey.