Life Sciences Courses

 

 

The expansion of Life Sciences has been enormous over the last decade. Today, biological topics and tools pervade almost all disciplines in science and technology. MIT is the leader in interdisciplinary Life Sciences educational and research opportunities. Multiple departments now offer majors, minors or courses that have a Life Sciences focus. Thus, many undergraduates will encounter Life Sciences in the major, in undergraduate research (UROP) and in future careers. Important and exciting new opportunities are open to MIT Science and Engineering undergraduates.

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Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
16.423J Aerospace Biomedical and Life Support Engineering Spring 2006
16.456J Biomedical Signal and Image Processing Spring 2007
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Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
20.010J Introduction to Bioengineering (BE.010J) Spring 2006
20.011J Statistical Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems (BE.011J) Spring 2004
20.020 Introduction to Biological Engineering Design Spring 2009
20.104J Chemicals in the Environment: Toxicology and Public Health (BE.104J) Spring 2005
20.106J Systems Microbiology Fall 2006
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20.109 Laboratory Fundamentals in Biological Engineering Spring 2010
20.109 Laboratory Fundamentals in Biological Engineering Fall 2007
20.110J Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems Fall 2005
20.180 Biological Engineering Programming Spring 2006
20.181 Computation for Biological Engineers Fall 2006
20.201 Mechanisms of Drug Actions Fall 2005
20.309 Biological Engineering II: Instrumentation and Measurement Fall 2006
20.310J Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Biomechanics Fall 2006
20.320 Biomolecular Kinetics and Cell Dynamics Spring 2006
20.330J Fields, Forces and Flows in Biological Systems Spring 2007
20.340J Materials for Biomedical Applications Spring 2006
20.370J Quantitative Physiology: Cells and Tissues Fall 2004
20.371J Quantitative Physiology: Organ Transport Systems Spring 2004
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20.380J Biological Engineering Design Spring 2010
20.400J Perspectives in Biological Engineering Spring 2006
20.410J Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics (BE.410J) Spring 2003
20.411J Cell-Matrix Mechanics Spring 2004
20.420J Biomolecular Kinetics and Cellular Dynamics (BE.420J) Fall 2004
20.430J Fields, Forces, and Flows in Biological Systems (BE.430J) Fall 2004
20.440 Analysis of Biological Networks (BE.440) Fall 2004
20.441J Biomaterials-Tissue Interactions Fall 2009
20.442 Molecular Structure of Biological Materials (BE.442) Fall 2005
20.450 Molecular and Cellular Pathophysiology (BE.450) Spring 2005
20.451J Design of Medical Devices and Implants Spring 2006
20.453J Biomedical Information Technology Fall 2008
20.462J Molecular Principles of Biomaterials Spring 2006
20.470J Quantitative Physiology: Cells and Tissues Fall 2004
20.482J Foundations of Algorithms and Computational Techniques in Systems Biology Spring 2006
20.483J Noninvasive Imaging in Biology and Medicine Fall 2005
20.490J Foundations of Computational and Systems Biology Spring 2004
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Course # Course Title Term
7.012 Introduction to Biology Fall 2004
7.013 Introductory Biology Spring 2006
7.014 Introductory Biology Spring 2005
7.02 Experimental Biology & Communication Spring 2005
7.02CI Experimental Biology - Communications Intensive Spring 2005
7.03 Genetics Fall 2004
7.06 Cell Biology Spring 2007
7.08J Biological Chemistry II Spring 2004
7.13 Experimental Microbial Genetics Fall 2008
7.16 Experimental Molecular Biology: Biotechnology II Spring 2005
7.18 Topics in Experimental Biology Fall 2005
7.22 Developmental Biology Fall 2005
7.27 Principles of Human Disease Spring 2006
7.28 Molecular Biology Spring 2005
7.29J Cellular Neurobiology Spring 2005
7.30J Ecology I: The Earth System Fall 2009
7.340 Regenerative Medicine: from Bench to Bedside Spring 2010
7.340 Learning and Memory: Activity-Controlled Gene Expression in the Nervous System Fall 2009
7.340 Under the Radar Screen: How Bugs Trick Our Immune Defenses Spring 2007
7.340 Avoiding Genomic Instability: DNA Replication, the Cell Cycle, and Cancer Fall 2006
7.340 Nano-life: An Introduction to Virus Structure and Assembly Fall 2005
7.340 Immune Evasion: How Sneaky Pathogens Avoid Host Surveillance Spring 2004
7.340 Ubiquitination: The Proteasome and Human Disease Fall 2004
7.341 Bench to Bedside: Molecularly Targeted Therapies in Blood Disorders and Malignancy Fall 2009
7.341 The DNA Damage Response as a Target for Anti-Cancer Therapy Fall 2008
7.341 Brightening up Life: Harnessing the Power of Fluorescence Imaging to Observe Biology in Action Fall 2006
7.342 The X in Sex: A Genetic, Medical, and Evolutionary View of the X Chromosome Fall 2009
7.342 Developmental and Molecular Biology of Regeneration Spring 2008
7.342 Systems Biology: Stochastic Processes and Biological Robustness Fall 2008
7.342 G-Protein Coupled Receptors: Vision and Disease Spring 2007
7.342 Chronic Infection and Inflammation: What are the Consequences on Your Health? Fall 2007
7.342 Reading the Blueprint of Life: Transcription, Stem Cells and Differentiation Fall 2006
7.342 Cancer Biology: From Basic Research to the Clinic Fall 2004
7.343 When Development Goes Awry: How Cancer Co-opts Mechanisms of Embryogensis Fall 2009
7.343 Sophisticated Survival Skills of Simple Microorganisms Spring 2008
7.343 Neuron-glial Cell Interactions in Biology and Disease Spring 2007
7.343 The Radical Consequences of Respiration: Reactive Oxygen Species in Aging and Disease Fall 2007
7.343 Photosynthesis: Life from Light Fall 2006
7.343 A Love-Hate Relationship: Cholesterol in Health and Disease Fall 2005
7.343 Protein Folding, Misfolding and Human Disease Fall 2004
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7.344 Tumor Suppressor Gene p53: How the Guardian of our Genome Prevents Cancer Fall 2010
7.344 Directed Evolution: Engineering Biocatalysts Spring 2008
7.344 Antibiotics, Toxins, and Protein Engineering Spring 2007
7.344 The Fountain of Life: From Dolly to Customized Embryonic Stem Cells Fall 2007
7.344 RNA Interference: A New Tool for Genetic Analysis and Therapeutics Fall 2004
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7.345 Survival in Extreme Conditions: The Bacterial Stress Response Fall 2010
7.345 Vascular Development in Life, Disease and Cancer Medicine Fall 2009
7.345 Evolution of the Immune System Spring 2005
7.346 RNAi: A Revolution in Biology and Therapeutics Spring 2010
7.346 Synaptic Plasticity and Memory, from Molecules to Behavior Fall 2007
7.349 From Molecules to Behavior: Synaptic Neurophysiology Spring 2010
7.349 Biological Computing: At the Crossroads of Engineering and Science Spring 2005
7.38J Introduction to Bioengineering (BE.010J) Spring 2006
7.391 Concept-Centered Teaching Spring 2006
7.391 Concept-Centered Teaching Fall 2005
7.547J Principles and Practice of Drug Development Fall 2005
7.548J Perspectives in Biological Engineering Spring 2006
7.59J Teaching College-Level Science and Engineering Spring 2009
7.60 Cell Biology: Structure and Functions of the Nucleus Spring 2010
7.66J Cognitive & Behavioral Genetics Spring 2001
7.67J Genetic Neurobiology Fall 2005
7.68J Cell and Molecular Neurobiology Spring 2008
7.69J Developmental Neurobiology Spring 2005
7.81J Systems Biology Fall 2004
7.88J Protein Folding Problem Fall 2007
7.89 Topics in Computational and Systems Biology Fall 2007
7.90J Computational Functional Genomics Spring 2005
7.91J Foundations of Computational and Systems Biology Spring 2004
7.92J Neurology, Neuropsychology, and Neurobiology of Aging Spring 2005
7.98J Neural Plasticity in Learning and Development Spring 2002
7.A12 Freshman Seminar: Structural Basis of Genetic Material: Nucleic Acids Fall 2005
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Course # Course Title Term
9.00 Introduction to Psychology Fall 2004
9.00P Introduction to Psychology Fall 2001
9.01 Introduction to Neuroscience Fall 2007
9.01 Neuroscience and Behavior Fall 2003
9.011 The Brain and Cognitive Sciences I Fall 2002
9.012 The Brain and Cognitive Sciences II Spring 2006
9.013J Cell and Molecular Neurobiology Spring 2008
9.02 Brain Laboratory Spring 2002
9.03 Neural Basis of Learning and Memory Fall 2007
9.036 The Visual System Spring 2005
9.04 Neural Basis of Vision and Audition Fall 2006
9.044J Brain Mechanisms for Hearing and Speech Fall 2005
9.05 Neural Basis of Movement Spring 2003
9.07 Statistical Methods in Brain and Cognitive Science Spring 2004
9.081 Human Memory and Learning Fall 2002
9.09J Cellular Neurobiology Spring 2005
9.10 Cognitive Neuroscience Spring 2006
9.110J Neurology, Neuropsychology, and Neurobiology of Aging Spring 2005
9.12 Experimental Molecular Neurobiology Fall 2006
9.14 Brain Structure and Its Origins Spring 2009
9.15 Biochemistry and Pharmacology of Synaptic Transmission Fall 2007
9.16 Cellular Neurophysiology Spring 2002
9.173J Noninvasive Imaging in Biology and Medicine Fall 2005
9.18 Developmental Neurobiology Spring 2005
9.19J Cognitive & Behavioral Genetics Spring 2001
9.20 Animal Behavior Fall 2005
9.201 Advanced Animal Behavior Spring 2000
9.22J A Clinical Approach to the Human Brain Fall 2006
9.250 Evolutionary Psychology Spring 1999
9.285J Neural Coding and Perception of Sound Spring 2005
9.29J Introduction to Computational Neuroscience Spring 2004
9.301J Neural Plasticity in Learning and Development Spring 2002
9.322J Genetic Neurobiology Fall 2005
9.35 Sensation And Perception Spring 2009
9.357 Special Topics in Vision Science Fall 2001
9.458 Parkinson's Disease Workshop Summer 2006
9.459 Scene Understanding Symposium Spring 2006
9.48J Philosophical Issues in Brain Science Spring 2009
9.51 Affective Priming at Short and Extremely Short Exposures Spring 2003
9.52-A Investigating the Neural Substrates of Remote Memory using fMRI Spring 2003
9.52-B Topics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences Human Ethology Spring 2001
9.52-C Computational Cognitive Science Spring 2003
9.520 Statistical Learning Theory and Applications Spring 2006
9.520 Statistical Learning Theory and Applications Spring 2003
9.520-A Networks for Learning: Regression and Classification Spring 2001
9.530 Cellular and Molecular Computation Spring 2000
9.531J Systems Biology Fall 2004
9.56J Abnormal Language Fall 2004
9.57J Language Acquisition Fall 2001
9.587J The Lexicon and Its Features Spring 2007
9.591J Language Processing Fall 2004
9.59J Psycholinguistics Spring 2005
9.601J Language Acquisition I Spring 2002
9.611J Natural Language and the Computer Representation of Knowledge Spring 2003
9.63 Laboratory in Visual Cognition Fall 2009
9.63 Laboratory in Cognitive Science Fall 2002
9.641J Introduction to Neural Networks Spring 2005
9.65 Cognitive Processes Spring 2004
9.66J Computational Cognitive Science Fall 2004
9.67 Object and Face Recognition Spring 2001
9.675 The Development of Object and Face Recognition Spring 2006
9.68 Affect: Biological, Psychological, and Social Aspects of "Feelings" Spring 2009
9.69 Foundations of Cognition Spring 2003
9.70 Social Psychology Spring 2009
9.71 Functional MRI of High-Level Vision Fall 2007
9.75J Psychology of Gender Spring 2003
9.85 Infant and Early Childhood Cognition Fall 2005
9.911 Reasonable Conduct in Science January IAP 2002
9.912 Special Topics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences Fall 2001
9.913 Pattern Recognition for Machine Vision Fall 2004
9.913-A Intensive Neuroanatomy January IAP 2002
9.914 Special Topics: Genetics, Neurobiology, and Pathophysiology of Psychiatric Disorders Fall 2008
9.916 Special Topics: Social Animals Fall 2009
9.916 The Neural Basis of Visual Object Recognition in Monkeys and Humans Spring 2005
9.916 Modularity, Domain-specificity, and the Organization of Knowledge Fall 2001
9.916-A Probability and Causality in Human Cognition Spring 2003
9.93 Marathon Moral Reasoning Laboratory January IAP 2007
9.93 Cognitive Neuroscience of Remembering: Creating and Controlling Memory January IAP 2002
9.95-A Research Topics in Neuroscience January IAP 2003
9.96 Experimental Methods of Adjustable Tetrode Array Neurophysiology January IAP 2001
9.97 Introduction to Neuroanatomy January IAP 2003
9.98 Neuropharmacology January IAP 2009
9.98 Language and Mind January IAP 2003
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Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
5.08J Biological Chemistry II Spring 2004
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5.22J Biological Engineering Design Spring 2010
5.36 Biochemistry Laboratory Spring 2009
5.44 Organometallic Chemistry Fall 2004
5.451 Chemistry of Biomolecules I Fall 2005
5.46 Organic Structure Determination Spring 2007
5.48J Protein Folding Problem Fall 2007
5.601J Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems Fall 2005
5.95J Teaching College-Level Science and Engineering Spring 2009
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Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
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12.000 Solving Complex Problems Fall 2009
12.007 Geobiology Spring 2009
12.085 Seminar in Environmental Science Spring 2008
12.102 Environmental Earth Science Fall 2005
12.103 Strange Bedfellows: Science and Environmental Policy Fall 2005
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Course # Course Title Term
14.42 Environmental Policy and Economics Spring 2004
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Course # Course Title Term
6.021J Quantitative Physiology: Cells and Tissues Fall 2004
6.022J Quantitative Physiology: Organ Transport Systems Spring 2004
6.023J Fields, Forces and Flows in Biological Systems Spring 2007
6.024J Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Biomechanics Fall 2006
6.025J Introduction to Bioengineering (BE.010J) Spring 2006
6.047 Computational Biology: Genomes, Networks, Evolution Fall 2008
6.07J Projects in Microscale Engineering for the Life Sciences Spring 2007
6.524J Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics (BE.410J) Spring 2003
6.541J Speech Communication Spring 2004
6.542J Laboratory on the Physiology, Acoustics, and Perception of Speech Fall 2005
6.543J The Lexicon and Its Features Spring 2007
6.551J Acoustics of Speech and Hearing Fall 2004
6.555J Biomedical Signal and Image Processing Spring 2007
6.561J Fields, Forces, and Flows in Biological Systems (BE.430J) Fall 2004
6.581J Foundations of Algorithms and Computational Techniques in Systems Biology Spring 2006
6.804J Computational Cognitive Science Fall 2004
6.863J Natural Language and the Computer Representation of Knowledge Spring 2003
6.872J Engineering Biomedical Information: From Bioinformatics to Biosurveillance Fall 2005
6.872J Medical Computing Spring 2003
6.873J Medical Decision Support Fall 2005
6.873J Medical Decision Support Spring 2003
6.874J Computational Functional Genomics Spring 2005
6.877J Computational Evolutionary Biology Fall 2005
6.982J Teaching College-Level Science and Engineering Spring 2009
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Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
HST.021 Musculoskeletal Pathophysiology January IAP 2006
HST.035 Principle and Practice of Human Pathology Spring 2003
HST.071 Human Reproductive Biology Fall 2005
HST.121 Gastroenterology Fall 2005
HST.131 Introduction to Neuroscience Fall 2005
HST.151 Principles of Pharmacology Spring 2005
HST.161 Molecular Biology and Genetics in Modern Medicine Fall 2007
HST.176 Cellular and Molecular Immunology Fall 2005
HST.410J Projects in Microscale Engineering for the Life Sciences Spring 2007
HST.422J A Clinical Approach to the Human Brain Fall 2006
HST.452J Statistical Physics in Biology Spring 2005
HST.502 Survival Skills for Researchers: The Responsible Conduct of Research Spring 2003
HST.508 Quantitative Genomics Fall 2005
HST.508 Genomics and Computational Biology Fall 2002
HST.510 Genomics, Computing, Economics, and Society Fall 2005
HST.512 Genomic Medicine Spring 2004
HST.515J Aerospace Biomedical and Life Support Engineering Spring 2006
HST.522J Biomaterials-Tissue Interactions Fall 2009
HST.523J Cell-Matrix Mechanics Spring 2004
HST.524J Design of Medical Devices and Implants Spring 2006
HST.525J Tumor Pathophysiology and Transport Phenomena Fall 2005
HST.535 Principles and Practice of Tissue Engineering Fall 2004
HST.541J Quantitative Physiology: Cells and Tissues Fall 2004
HST.542J Quantitative Physiology: Organ Transport Systems Spring 2004
HST.544J Fields, Forces, and Flows in Biological Systems (BE.430J) Fall 2004
HST.560J Principles of Radiation Interactions Fall 2004
HST.561J Noninvasive Imaging in Biology and Medicine Fall 2005
HST.569 Biomedical Optics Fall 2006
HST.582J Biomedical Signal and Image Processing Spring 2007
HST.583 Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Data Acquisition and Analysis Fall 2008
HST.584J Magnetic Resonance Analytic, Biochemical, and Imaging Techniques Spring 2006
HST.590 Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series: Developing Professional Skills Fall 2006
HST.590 Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series: Topics in Medical Ethics and Responsible Conduct in Research Fall 2005
HST.710J Speech Communication Spring 2004
HST.712J Laboratory on the Physiology, Acoustics, and Perception of Speech Fall 2005
HST.714J Acoustics of Speech and Hearing Fall 2004
HST.720 Physiology of the Ear Fall 2004
HST.721 The Peripheral Auditory System Fall 2005
HST.722J Brain Mechanisms for Hearing and Speech Fall 2005
HST.723J Neural Coding and Perception of Sound Spring 2005
HST.725 Music Perception and Cognition Spring 2009
HST.727J The Lexicon and Its Features Spring 2007
HST.730 Molecular Biology for the Auditory System Fall 2002
HST.750 Modeling Issues in Speech and Hearing Spring 2006
HST.920J Principles and Practice of Drug Development Fall 2005
HST.921 Information Technology in the Health Care System of the Future Spring 2009
HST.930J Social Studies of Bioscience and Biotech Fall 2005
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HST.934J Introduction to Global Medicine: Bioscience, Technologies, Disparities, Strategies Spring 2010
HST.935 Narrative Ethics: Literary Texts and Moral Issues in Medicine January IAP 2007
HST.939 Designing and Sustaining Technology Innovation for Global Health Practice Spring 2008
HST.947 Medical Artificial Intelligence Spring 2005
HST.949J Computational Evolutionary Biology Fall 2005
HST.950J Engineering Biomedical Information: From Bioinformatics to Biosurveillance Fall 2005
HST.950J Medical Computing Spring 2003
HST.951J Medical Decision Support Fall 2005
HST.951J Medical Decision Support Spring 2003
HST.952 Computing for Biomedical Scientists Fall 2002
HST.958J Biomedical Information Technology Fall 2008
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Course # Course Title Term
24.06J Bioethics Spring 2009
24.08J Philosophical Issues in Brain Science Spring 2009
24.904J Language Acquisition Fall 2001
24.905J Psycholinguistics Spring 2005
24.907J Abnormal Language Fall 2004
24.941J The Lexicon and Its Features Spring 2007
24.945J Language Processing Fall 2004
24.949J Language Acquisition I Spring 2002
24.966J Laboratory on the Physiology, Acoustics, and Perception of Speech Fall 2005
24.968J Speech Communication Spring 2004
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Course # Course Title Term
18.094J Teaching College-Level Science and Engineering Spring 2009
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Course # Course Title Term
8.261J Introduction to Computational Neuroscience Spring 2004
8.395J Teaching College-Level Science and Engineering Spring 2009
8.591J Systems Biology Fall 2004
8.592J Statistical Physics in Biology Spring 2005
8.594J Introduction to Neural Networks Spring 2005
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Course # Course Title Term
15.136J Principles and Practice of Drug Development Fall 2005
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Course # Course Title Term
SP.622J Dilemmas in Bio-Medical Ethics: Playing God or Doing Good? Spring 2005
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Course # Course Title Term
11.122 Environment and Society Fall 2002
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Course # Course Title Term
WGS.622J Dilemmas in Bio-Medical Ethics: Playing God or Doing Good? Spring 2005
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Course # Course Title Term
21W.746 Humanistic Perspectives on Medicine: From Ancient Greece to Modern America Spring 2005
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