MITxBio courses

Check out the eight 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 February 16, 2021 to February 23, 2021.

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 starts April 20, 2021. The Competency Exam runs the week of June 29, 2021.

Registration will open on March 10.»

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


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7.06.1x Cell Biology: Transport

Professor Frank Solomon and Assistant Professor Becky Lamason

Completing 7.00x and 7.05x first is highly recommended.

The course will run again during 2021.

Registration will open closer to the start date.»

How do we know what we know about cells? Enhance your scientific thinking and data analysis skills with this in-depth adventure through cell biology.


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7.06.2x Cell Biology: Signaling

Professors Iain Cheeseman and Frank Solomon

Completing 7.00x, 7.05x, and 7.06.1x first is highly recommended.

The course ended February 2021. We'll announce a later 2021 offering.

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How do we know what we know about cells? Enhance your scientific thinking and data analysis skills with this in-depth adventure through cell biology.


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7.28.1x Molecular Biology: DNA Replication & Repair

Professors Stephen Bell and Tania Baker

Completing 7.00x and 7.05x first is highly recommended.

The course started January 19, 2021 as instructor-paced (assignment deadlines).

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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 and Tania Baker

Completing 7.28.1x first is highly recommended.

The course opened January 19, 2021 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 opened January 19, 2021 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 started February 9, 2021 (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.