First-Year Academics: Science Core Subjects - Biology
The Biology Department does not accept outside credit for any of its introductory subjects. Credit for any of the 7.01x Introductory Biology subjects can only be obtained by:
- Taking and passing the Biology Advanced Standing Exam on Friday, August 30 (~10% pass rate). Results posted in Online Freshman Advising folder by Tuesday, Sept. 3.
- Taking and passing one of the 5 versions of 7.01x, below.
- 7.01x comes in five versions. All five versions 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. Descriptions are available on the MIT Subject Listing http://student.mit.edu/catalog/m7a.html
- Fall only: 7.012, 7.015, 7.016
- Spring only 7.013, 7.014
Freshman Advising Notes:
- Before enrolling in introductory Biology, the student should have some knowledge of high school chemistry. Otherwise, the student should enroll first in one of the MIT chemistry core subjects (5.111 or 3.091).
- Freshmen interested in pursuing a major in life sciences should try to take 7.01x in their freshman year.
- Freshmen interested in Course 20 Biological Engineering are strongly encouraged to complete a version of 7.01x sometime in their freshman year.
- Any of the Introductory Biology of these subjects will serve as the prerequisite for other biology subjects and will meet the basic requirement for application to medical school.
- The student should take the version of 7.01X that is most personally interesting.