A scientist with a purple rubber glove and a white coat holds a petri dish filled with a red substance.

A photograph of salmonella bacteria in a petri dish. Image courtesy of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In this section we have provided a collection of biology courses and resources from across MIT. Some are materials that were used to teach MIT undergraduates, while others were designed specifically for high school students.

MIT’s Biology program ensures that students master the core principles of the field, including molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology. Undergraduates go on to careers in the biomedical industry, medicine, pharmaceutical and biotech management and finance, intellectual property law, bioethics, forensics, and teaching.

Learn more about the Biology Department at MIT.


Exam Prep

We have selected relevant material from MIT's introductory courses to support students as they study and educators as they teach the AP* Biology curriculum. This section is organized by the topics that you’ll see on the Biology exam.

* AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

Biology Exam Prep


Introductory MIT Courses

The following courses and resources have been selected from OpenCourseWare to help you explore introductory biology topics.

The first course listed below, Fundamentals of Biology (7.01SC), is in our OCW Scholar format. OCW Scholar courses are designed for study at your own pace. They contain substantially more material than typical OCW courses, blending new content with existing material used in MIT classes.

Learn more about OCW Scholar.


High School Courses Developed by MIT Students

These courses were offered through the High School Studies Program (HSSP), a project of the MIT Educational Studies Program. HSSP offers non-credit enrichment courses to 7th-12th grade students on weekends at MIT. Courses are taught by MIT students and members of the community.