Computer Science and Molecular Biology (Course 6-7)

Computer Science and Molecular Biology

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Molecular Biology

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below.

Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement [can be satisfied by 5.12 and 6.042[J] in the Departmental Program] 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [can be satisfied by 6.129[J], 7.003[J], or 20.109 in the Departmental Program] 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Physical Education Requirement
Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points.

Departmental Program

Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.

Required SubjectsUnits
Mathematics and Introductory
6.0001
6.0002
Introduction to Computer Science Programming in Python
and Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science 1
12
6.042[J]Mathematics for Computer Science12
Chemistry
5.12Organic Chemistry I12
Select one of the following:12
Thermodynamics I
and Thermodynamics II and Kinetics
Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems
Introductory Laboratory
Select one of the following:15-18
Biological Circuit Engineering Laboratory (CI-M)
Fundamentals of Experimental Molecular Biology
and Applied Molecular Biology Laboratory (CI-M)
Laboratory Fundamentals in Biological Engineering (CI-M)
Foundational Subjects
Three Computer Science subjects:
6.006Introduction to Algorithms12
6.009Fundamentals of Programming12
6.046[J]Design and Analysis of Algorithms12
Three Biological Science subjects:
7.03Genetics12
7.05General Biochemistry 212
7.06Cell Biology12
Restricted Electives
Computational Biology
Select one of the following:12
Computational Biology: Genomes, Networks, Evolution
Computational Systems Biology: Deep Learning in the Life Sciences
Modern Biostatistics
and Modern Computational Biology 3
Evolutionary Biology: Concepts, Models and Computation 3
Biology
Select one subject from the list of Biology Restricted Electives12
Advanced Undergraduate Project
Select one of the following:9-12
Seminar in Undergraduate Advanced Research (12 units, CI-M)
Oral Communication (CI-M)
Communication in Experimental Biology (CI-M)
Units in Major168-174
Unrestricted Electives48
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(36)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree180-186

The units for any subject that counts as one of the 17 GIR subjects cannot also be counted as units required beyond the GIRs.

1

Students who enter MIT with sufficient programming experience may substitute 6.031 Elements of Software Construction (15 units) after taking 6.009.

2

5.07[J] Introduction to Biological Chemistry is also an acceptable option.

3

These subjects can count towards either the Computational Biology or the Biology restricted electives, but not both.

Biology Restricted Electives

7.08[J]Fundamentals of Chemical Biology12
7.093
7.094
Modern Biostatistics
and Modern Computational Biology 1
12
7.20[J]Human Physiology12
7.21Microbial Physiology12
7.23[J]Immunology12
7.26Molecular Basis of Infectious Disease12
7.27Principles of Human Disease and Aging12
7.28Molecular Biology12
7.29[J]Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology12
7.30[J]Fundamentals of Ecology12
7.31Current Topics in Mammalian Biology: Medical Implications12
7.32Systems Biology12
7.33[J]Evolutionary Biology: Concepts, Models and Computation 112
7.37[J]Molecular and Engineering Aspects of Biotechnology12
7.371Biological and Engineering Principles Underlying Novel Biotherapeutics12
7.45The Hallmarks of Cancer12
7.46Building with Cells12
7.49[J]Developmental Neurobiology12
1

These subjects can count towards either the Computational Biology or the Biology restricted electives, but not both.