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 7.02[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
6.00Introduction to Computer Science and Programming 112
6.042[J]Mathematics for Computer Science12
5.12Organic Chemistry I12
5.60Thermodynamics and Kinetics12
or 20.110[J] Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems
Introductory Laboratory
Select one of the following:15-18
Biological Circuit Engineering Laboratory (CI-M)
Introduction to Experimental Biology and Communication (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:
7.05General Biochemistry 212
7.06Cell Biology12
Restricted Electives
Computational Biology
6.047Computational Biology: Genomes, Networks, Evolution12
or 6.802[J] Foundations of Computational and Systems 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)
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.


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


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

Biology Restricted Electives

7.08[J]Biological Chemistry II12
7.20[J]Human Physiology12
7.21Microbial Physiology12
7.22Developmental Biology12
7.26Molecular Basis of Infectious Disease12
7.27Principles of Human Disease12
7.28Molecular Biology12
7.29[J]Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology12
Fundamentals of Ecology I
and Fundamentals of Ecology II
7.31Current Topics in Mammalian Biology: Medical Implications12
7.32Systems Biology12
7.33[J]Evolutionary Biology: Concepts, Models and Computation12
7.37[J]Molecular and Engineering Aspects of Biotechnology12
7.371Biological and Engineering Principles Underlying Novel Biotherapeutics12
7.41Principles of Chemical Biology12
7.45The Hallmarks of Cancer12
7.49[J]Developmental Neurobiology12