This course focuses on the basic principles of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and recombinant DNA technologies. The material presented introduces modern biology at the molecular level: the structure and function of biological macromolecules, the basics of cellular metabolism, meiosis and inheritance, DNA replication, the basics of gene expression, and general recombinant DNA techniques.
There are no formal prerequisites for this course. At MIT, it is usually taken during the freshman (first) year.
To succeed in this course you will need to be familiar with the fundamental concepts of atoms, chemical compounds, and chemical bonds.
After completing the four units of this course, you should be able to:
Fundamentals of Biology was designed specifically for independent study. It draws upon material developed for the three versions of MIT's Introductory Biology classes known as 7.012, 7.013, and 7.014. All three classes cover the same core material, which includes the fundamental principles of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and cell biology. In addition, each version of the subject has its own distinctive material.
The content of this Fundamentals of Biology OCW Scholar course is organized into four major units:
Each unit has been further divided into a sequence of sessions that cover an amount you might expect to complete in one sitting. Most sessions include:
The following textbook was used when this course was taught on the MIT campus:
OCW users will find equal value in most standard introductory biology textbooks. Throughout the course, we suggest topics of study that can be found in any standard textbook.
MIT expects its students to spend about 150 hours on this course. More than half of that time is spent preparing for class and doing assignments. It's difficult to estimate how long it will take you to complete the course, but you can probably expect to spend an hour or more working through each individual session.
This OCW Scholar course was developed by the following MIT Faculty and Teaching Staff:
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The Help Session Videos were developed by the following MIT Teaching Assistants:
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