The Biology Department offers several classes of its core course, 7.01x.
While these classes all cover the same core material, including the fundamental principles of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and cell biology; each class of the subject has its own distinctive material, described below.
The core material focuses on function at a molecular level:
7.012 is an exploration into areas of current research in cell biology, immunology, neurobiology, human genetics, developmental biology, and evolution.
7.013's focus is on the application of the fundamental principles toward an understanding of human biology. Topics include genetics; cell biology; molecular biology; disease (infectious agents, inherited diseases and canacer); developmental biology; neurobiology; and evolution.
7.014This class's focus is the Application of the fundamental principles toward an understanding of microorganisms as geochemical agents responsible for the evolution and renewal of the biosphere and of their role in human health and disease. Topics include biogeochemical cycles; population growth; ecosystem ecology; microbial diversity.