Introductory Biology

a diagram showing the course topics in yellow circles, arranged as spaces on a game board, on an orange background.

The diagram above shows the topics this course will cover, and the journey students will take as they proceed sequentially through the course (Image courtesy of Professor Sive, Professor Jacks, and Dr. Sinha).


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Spring 2013



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Course Description

The MIT Biology Department core courses, 7.012, 7.013, and 7.014, all cover the same core material, which includes the fundamental principles of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and cell biology. 7.013 focuses on the application of the fundamental principles toward an understanding of human biology. Topics include genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, disease (infectious agents, inherited diseases and cancer), developmental biology, neurobiology and evolution.

Biological function at the molecular level is particularly emphasized in all courses and covers the structure and regulation of genes, as well as, the structure and synthesis of proteins, how these molecules are integrated into cells, and how these cells are integrated into multicellular systems and organisms. In addition, each version of the subject has its own distinctive material.


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Hazel Sive, Tyler Jacks, and Diviya Sinha. 7.013 Introductory Biology, Spring 2013. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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