Subject Offerings

Subject Offerings

Biology General Institute Requirement

All undergraduate students are required to complete the Biology General Institute Requirement (GIR). There are two ways for you to complete this requirement: core class 7.01x or the Biology Advanced Standing Exam.

Biology Subjects

At MIT we refer to “majors” as courses and individual classes as “subjects”. You can search for classes on the Registrar’s website or with Stellar, MIT’s course management system.

7.18 Topics in Experimental Biology

7.18 is a required seminar for all students in Course 7 that supplements work done in the laboratory. Most students choose to take this class during their junior or senior year.

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Advanced Undergraduate Seminars

These seminars for juniors and seniors focus on the primary research literature, with the goal of introducing you to the methods of contemporary biological research and the logic of experimental design and interpretation.

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Independent Activities Period

The Independent Activities Period (IAP) is a special four-week term at MIT that runs for the month of January. We offer both credit and non-credit subjects during IAP.

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