MIT: Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyClass of 2017

First Year Academics: Biology

You need to complete one introductory biology subject to fulfill the Biology GIR. There are several versions of 7.01X; any version will complete the Biology requirement:

  • 7.012: Fall only
  • 7.015: Fall only
  • 7.016: Fall only
  • 7.013: Spring only 
  • 7.014: Spring only

All five classes cover the same core material, which includes the fundamental principles of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and cell biology; the differences lie in their approaches to the subject matter.

For more information on the material covered in each version, visit the 7.01x web page on the Biology department website and the MIT Subject Listing and Schedule.

View the Biology GIR Video: Prof. Hazel Sive Presentation

No Outside Credit for 7.01x

Note that MIT does not offer outside credit for Biology. The only way to fulfill the Biology GIR other than taking one of the MIT subjects is by taking and passing the Biology Advanced Standing Exam offered during Orientation.

Chemistry Preparation for Biology.

You will need some chemistry background to be successful in 7.01x. Before enrolling in one of the Biology classes, you should either have a strong high school chemistry background (e.g., score of 5 on AP Chemistry), or you should complete one of the MIT core chemistry subjects (5.111, or 5.112 or 3.091) before enrolling in Introductory Biology.

When Should You Complete the Biology Requirement?

  • If you are interested in pursuing a major in life sciences, you should try to take a version of 7.01x in your freshman year.
  • Any version of 7.01x will serve as the prerequisite for other biology subjects and will meet the basic requirement for application to medical school. Students should take the version which is most personally interesting.