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A.C. elegans L4 larva showing nuclei (red), DNA (blue), and epithelial cell borders (green).
A.C. elegans L4 larva showing nuclei (red), DNA (blue), and epithelial cell borders (green). Photo courtesy of Horvitz Laboratory, MIT

The Department of Biology offers undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral training programs ranging from general biology to more specialized fields of study and research. The quantitative aspects of biology - including molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology - represent the core of the academic program. Courses are designed to provide a solid background in the physical sciences and to develop an integrated scientific perspective.

Both the graduate program (ranked among the top three biological science graduate programs in the nation) and undergraduate program offer students an intellectually stimulating environment, with numerous research opportunities and state-of-the-art facilities. These programs emphasize practical experimentation by combining course-related laboratory exercises with research opportunities in project-oriented and faculty sponsored laboratories. Students at all levels are encouraged to acquire familiarity with advanced research techniques and to participate in seminar activities.

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MIT Course #Course Title
7.340 Avoiding Genomic Instability: DNA Replication, the Cell Cycle, and Cancer, Fall 2006
7.08J Biological Chemistry II, Spring 2004
7.349 Biological Computing: At the Crossroads of Engineering and Science, Spring 2005
7.341 Brightening up Life: Harnessing the Power of Fluorescence Imaging to Observe Biology in Action, Fall 2006
7.342 Cancer Biology: From Basic Research to the Clinic, Fall 2004
7.60 Cell Biology: Structure and Functions of the Nucleus, Spring 2006
7.68J Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology: The Brain and Cognitive Sciences III, Spring 2003
7.29J Cellular Neurobiology, Spring 2005
7.66J Cognitive & Behavioral Genetics, Spring 2001
7.90J Computational Functional Genomics, Spring 2005
7.391 Concept-Centered Teaching, Fall 2005
7.391 Concept-Centered Teaching, Spring 2006
7.931 Concept-Centered Teaching, Fall 2005
7.931 Concept-Centered Teaching, Spring 2006
7.22 Developmental Biology, Fall 2005
7.72 Developmental Biology, Fall 2005
7.69J Developmental Neurobiology, Spring 2005
7.345 Evolution of the Immune System, Spring 2005
7.02CI Experimental Biology - Communications Intensive, Spring 2005
7.02 Experimental Biology & Communication, Spring 2005
7.13 Experimental Microbial Genetics, Fall 2003
7.16 Experimental Molecular Biology: Biotechnology II, Spring 2005
7.91J Foundations of Computational and Systems Biology, Spring 2004
7.36J Foundations of Computational and Systems Biology, Spring 2004
7.A12 Freshman Seminar: Structural Basis of Genetic Material: Nucleic Acids, Fall 2005
7.30J Fundamentals of Ecology, Fall 2003
7.67J Genetic Neurobiology, Fall 2005
7.03 Genetics, Fall 2004
7.51 Graduate Biochemistry, Fall 2001
7.340 Immune Evasion: How Sneaky Pathogens Avoid Host Surveillance, Spring 2004
7.38J Introduction to Bioengineering (BE.010J), Spring 2006
7.012 Introduction to Biology, Fall 2004
7.013 Introductory Biology, Spring 2006
7.014 Introductory Biology, Spring 2005
7.28 Molecular Biology, Spring 2005
7.58 Molecular Biology, Spring 2005
7.340 Nano-life: An Introduction to Virus Structure and Assembly, Fall 2005
7.98J Neural Plasticity in Learning and Development, Spring 2002
7.92J Neurology, Neuropsychology, and Neurobiology of Aging, Spring 2005
7.548J Perspectives in Biological Engineering, Spring 2006
7.343 Photosynthesis: Life from Light, Fall 2006
7.547J Principles and Practice of Drug Development, Fall 2005
7.27 Principles of Human Disease, Spring 2006
7.88J Protein Folding Problem, Fall 2003
7.24J Protein Folding Problem, Fall 2003
7.343 Protein Folding, Misfolding and Human Disease, Fall 2004
7.342 Reading the Blueprint of Life: Transcription, Stem Cells and Differentiation, Fall 2006
7.344 RNA Interference: A New Tool for Genetic Analysis and Therapeutics, Fall 2004
7.81J Systems Biology, Fall 2004
7.59J Teaching College-Level Science, Spring 2006
7.18 Topics in Experimental Biology, Fall 2005
7.340 Ubiquitination: The Proteasome and Human Disease, Fall 2004