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 late October 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 September 21, 2021. The Competency Exam runs the week of December 3, 2021.

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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

Professors Frank Solomon and Becky Lamason

Completing 7.00x and 7.05x first is highly recommended.

The course will run again during 2022.

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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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7.06.2x Cell Biology: Signaling

Professors Iain Cheeseman and Frank Solomon

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

The course will run again during 2022.

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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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7.06.3x Cell Biology: The Cytoskeleton and Cell Cycle

Professor Iain Cheeseman

Completing 7.00x, 7.05x, 7.06.1x, and 7.06.2x first is highly recommended.

This new course starts June 8, 2021!

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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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7.06.4x Cell Biology: Immune Responses and Host-Pathogen Interactions

Professors Becky Lamason and Sebastian Lourido

Completing 7.00x, 7.05x, 7.06.1x, 7.06.2x, 7.06.3x first is highly recommended.

This new course starts October 5, 2021!

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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 upcomng course run starts October 5, 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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Self-paced learning started June 1, 2021. 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.