MITxBio courses

Check out the six free-to-audit MOOCs that we offer with direct links to open registrations.


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7.00x Introduction to Biology – the Secret of Life

Professor Eric Lander

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The next Competency Exam runs June 16, 2020 to June 23, 2020.

Explore the secret of life through the basics of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, recombinant DNA, genomics and rational medicine.

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We have an exciting opportunity associated with 7.00x: Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life. We offer a thorough and robust means of certifying edX learners in their mastery of the MITx introductory biology content, through the MITx 7.00x Introduction to Biology Competency Exam.

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7.05x Biochemistry: Biomolecules, Methods, and Mechanisms

Professor Michael Yaffe

Completing 7.00x first is highly recommended.

The next instructor-paced run started April 5, 2020.

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Enhance your scientific thinking and data analysis skills with this in-depth adventure through biochemistry.


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7.28.1x Molecular Biology: DNA Replication & Repair

Professors Stephen Bell & Tania Baker

Completing 7.00x or similar intro bio course first is highly recommended

The course started April 21, 2020 as instructor-paced (assignment deadlines). The next run will start later in 2020 if you started or learned about the course too late to complete.

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An in-depth adventure through DNA replication and repair to strengthen your scientific thinking and experimental design skills.


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7.28.2x Molecular Biology: Transcription & Transposition

Professors Stephen Bell & Tania Baker

Completing 7.28.1x first is highly recommended.

The course run started January 21, 2020 for self-paced learning.

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Strengthen your scientific thinking and experimental design skills in this adventure through transcription and transposition.


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7.28.3x Molecular Biology: RNA Processing & Translation

Professors Stephen Bell and Tania Baker

Completing 7.28.1x and 7.28.2x first is highly recommended. The course started January 21, 2020 for self-paced learning.

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Strengthen your scientific thinking and experimental design skills in this adventure through RNA processing and translation.


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7.QBWx Quantitative Biology Workshop

MIT Department of Biology

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Instructor-paced learning starts June 2 (regular deadlines). The course uses MATLAB, R, and Python 3.7 and has a verified track single-cell gene expression learning sequence.

A workshop-style introduction to tools used in biological research. Discover how to analyze data using computational methods.