7.014 Introductory Biology

Class Info

Studies the fundamental principles of biology and their application towards understanding the Earth as a dynamical system shaped by life. Focuses on molecular ecology in order to show how processes at the molecular level can illuminate macroscopic properties, including evolution and maintenance of biogeochemical cycles, and ecological interactions in ecosystems ranging from the ocean to the human gut. Includes quantitative analysis of population growth, community structure, competition, mutualism and predation; highlights their role in shaping the biosphere. Enrollment limited to seating capacity of classroom. Admittance may be controlled by lottery.

This class has no prerequisites.

7.014 will be offered this semester (Spring 2017). It is instructed by G. C. Walker, S. W. Chisholm and M. Polz.

Lecture occurs 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in E25-111.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

In the Spring 2016 Subject Evaluations, 7.014 was rated 4.9 out of 7.0. You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Introductory Biology site or on the 7.014 Stellar site.

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