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Undergraduate Study
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The Department of Biology course curriculum that leads Biology Department Faculty Contacts
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Program Requirements
Whitehead Institute for to Molecular and Cell
Biomedical Research, the Biology. All Course VII Minor Advisor
Picower Institute for Learning majors participate in labora- Prof. Jonathan King, 617.253.4700
and Memory, the McGovern tory research, with focus on
Institute for Brain Research experimental design, data
and the Broad Institute. The evaluation and scientic
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present Biology Department presentation. Many research
opportunities are provided. Prof. Gene Brown, 617.253.0882
faculty includes four Nobel
laureates and 26 members This training provides
of the prestigious National excellent preparation for Cambridge-MIT Exchange Coordinator
Academy of Sciences. careers in the biomedical
Prof. Paul Matsudaira, 617.258.5188
Research programs in the and many other professions,
particularly research in
Department include:
academia or industry,
medicine, management or Head of Department
Biophysics nance in the pharmaceutical Prof. Chris Kaiser, 617.253.9804
Bioengineering and biotech industries,
Cancer intellectual property
Genetics law, high school- or Associate Department Head
Developmental Biology college-level teaching, Prof. Uttam RajBhandary, 617.253.4702
Cell Biology forensics and bioethics.
The Human Genome
Plant Molecular Genetics
Undergraduate Cambridge-MIT Advising in the Biology Undergraduate
Biology Undergraduate Course Research in Biology Exchange Program Biology Department Student Association
Offerings 2007-2008 Participating in cutting-edge The junior year can be Each Biology student meets (BUSA)
research is a vital component a wonderful time for a with his/her faculty advisor The Biology
Required Lecture Courses: of the MIT Biology educa- student to study abroad, at least twice per semester, Undergraduate Student
tion. The Biology UROP and to experience a once on Registration Day Association (BUSA) is
7.012 Fall Introductory Biology
and Mentoring Program different culture and and again at mid-term. These open to all Biology majors
7.013 Spring Introductory Biology
(BUMP) promotes success in educational style. The meetings allow discussion and students who are
7.014* Spring Introductory Biology
UROP projects by provid- Biology Department of academic progress and interested in Biology.
7.015 Spring Introductory Biology ing training for students participates in the CME provide excellent mentoring BUSA organizes student
7.03 Fall Genetics and by enhancing interac- Junior year study abroad opportunities. Students are events, the Departmental
7.05 Spring General Biochemistry tion between mentors and program at the University encouraged to set up addi- Tutoring Program and the
7.06 Fall/Spring Cell Biology students. Students participate of Cambridge. Department tional meetings. Students Big Sib/Lil Sib Program
in the annual Undergraduate guidelines are on the are able to change advisors, where students in different
Laborator y Courses:
Research Symposium. For website at: and are invited to provide years help each other.
7.02 Fall/Spring Introduction to Experimental more information on the edu/biology/www/under- feedback to the Department. For more information
Biology and Communication BUMP, visit the website at grad/CMEexchange.html. visit the website at:
7.13 Fall Experimental Microbial Genetics
7.17 Spring Experimental Molecular Biology:
7.18 Fall/Spring Topics in Experimental Biology The Biology Curriculum leading to a Bachelor
of Science degree in Biology (Course VII or VII-A) or to a minor in SB in Biology/Course VII-A Program
Biology Restricted Electives: Biology includes the General Institute Requirements, as well as the The VII-A program provides exibility for students wishing to
7.08J Spring Biological Chemistry II specic subjects listed. The degree program allows students to take include extensive course work from other Departments. The VII-A
graduate level courses in Biology, to explore relevant classes in curriculum is identical to the Course VII curriculum except that it
7.20J* Fall Human Physiology
other departments and to perform signicant research through the does not require Project Laboratory and the corresponding credit
7.21 Fall Microbial Physiology
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). can be taken from any Institute subjects.
7.22 Fall Development and Evolution
7.23 Spring General Immunology
SB in Biology/Course VII Program
7.24 Fall The Protein Folding Problem Minor in Biology Program
Required lecture subjects:
7.25 Spring Biological Regulatory Mechanisms 5.12 Organic Chemistry
7.012 or 7.013 or 7.014
7.27 Spring Principles of Human Disesase 7.03 Genetics
or 7.015 Introductory Biology
7.28 Spring Molecular Biology 7.05 Biochemistry
7.03 Genetics
7.29J Spring Cellular Neurobiology and two additional subjects from the following: 7.02/10.702 or
7.05 or 5.07 General Biochemistry
20.109; 7.06, 7.08J, 7.20J, 7.21, 7.22, 7.23, 7.24, 7.25, 7.27,
7.30J Fall Ecology I: The Earth System 7.06 Cell Biology
7.28, 7.29J, 7.31, 7.35, 7.36, 7.37J
7.31 Fall Current Topics in Mammalian Biology: 5.111 or 5.112 or 3.091 Introductory Chemistry
(See Course Offerings for course titles corresponding to these numbers)
Medical Implications 5.12 Organic Chemistry
7.35 Fall Topics in Metabolic Biochemistry 5.60 or 20.110J Thermodynamics
(2.005, 3.012, 8.044, or 10.213 will also substitute for 5.60)
7.36 Spring Foundations of Computational CI-M Requirement (Communication Intensive in the Major)
and Systems Biology Required restricted electives: All Biology majors must complete two CI-M courses, generally
7.37J Spring Molecular and Engineering Three restricted electives from the following courses are required: by their Junior or Senior year. CI-Ms teach the specic forms of
Aspects of Biotechnology 7.08J, 7.20J, 7.21, 7.22, 7.23, 7.24, 7.25, 7.27, 7.28, 7.29J, written, oral, and/or visual communication appropriate to Biolo-
7.30J, 7.31, 7.35, 7.36, 7.37J. gys professional and academic culture.
Additional Biology Courses:
Required laborator y subjects: CI-M subjects for the Course VII degree are: 7.02/10.702 or
7.19 Fall/Spring Communication in Experimental Biology 20.109 and one of: 7.13, 7.17, or 7.18.
7.02 Introduction to Experimental Biology and Communication
7.34X Fall/Spring Advanced Undergraduate Seminars (10.702 or 20.109 will substitute) CI-M subjects for Course VII-A are: 7.02/10.702 or 20.109
7.38J Spring Introduction to Bioengineering and one of the following Project Labs: and one of: 3.014, 3.042, 5.33, 5.36, 5.38, 7.19, 8.13, 9.02,
7.40J Spring Biotechnology: Engineering 7.13 Experimental Microbial Genetics 9.12, 9.18, 9.63, 10.26, 10.28, 10.29, or 2.791J/6.021J/
of Macromolecules 7.17 Experimental Molecular Biology: Biotechnology III 20.370J.
7.18 Topics in Experimental Biology More information about the CI-M requirement is available at
*Not offered 2007-2008